I purchased this guitar at a local music shop, Cintioli's music, for $525 in September, 2002.
This guitar has a nice fast neck that is a joy to play. It has a 490r humbucker at the neck & a 498t humbucker at the bridge, that sound great. You can pretty much get any tone you want out of it. & the great part is, it has the same hardware as a gibson les paul custom but it cost less than one fourth the price.
My only complaints are that it tends to get out of tune easily, but other than that i love this guitar.
This is a very good guitar that i would recomend to any type of musician.