Conclusion: 30 years of playin`. Have owned 60 or more guitars( thanks ebay!?). Lots of amps & gear. Relevant to this axe for a referance: 2 gibson lespaul studios 1 Gibson lespaul standard 1 esp ltd ec 1000 This agile cost half what the esp cost, 1/4 of what the studios cost & 1/9 of what the standard costs... ...and I **** you not! The Agile eats the ESP`s lunch. It is a better made better playing guitar than the studios. It can go toe to toe w/ a standard all day !!