I've been playing for 35 years, as an amateur: rock, pop, jazz, praise and worship. I've had Ibanez Les Pauls ( just as good as Gibsons!), Gibson ES 335s( what a great axe), American Standard Strats, and played all kinds of lesser known brands. I have never, ever had a guitar that I've enjoyed playing more than this PRS SE. Before I had bought this guitar, I wish I had seen the back, because black is not my favorite choice for a guitar, but after a year of owning it, it's grown on me and I really think it's sexy. She can be sweet, yet surly when needed, even better than I expected, I love playing this guitar, and it's a great fit with my 30 watt Peavey Delta Blues 210. I would recommend this guitar for anyone who does not want to spend a grand or more on a guitar, yet wants the same quality as one at 1/3rd the price, with a vintage sound. Awesome tonal qualities, from sensuous to snarling, this baby can do most genres, and do it pretty well. It is a real Blues, Hard Rock, Jazz, R & B, Pop slugger. I'll bet she can even do Metal, with a Tube Screamer in front of her! Should come with a hard shell case, since the quality is so good!