I have had Gibsons and Fenders in the past basically because it was the thing to have but I was always a rebel when it came to guitars. I discovered Ibanez guitars and fell in love with them and at one point had about ten of them. Lately I have had friends who have schecter guitars and I was able to play a couple of them and was impressed with how well they sounded and how much easier they were to play Than my old les Paul which had a tree trunk neck. These schecters pretty much play themselves. I now have three schecters and they all play like a dream. I have a schecter PT, a schecter cr-6, and my latest is the schecter c-1 silver mountain in a toxic venom finish. So I am totally digging these guitars and already have my eye on a schecter c-1 apocalypse which comes with a sustainiac pup in the neck position. Even though these last two guitars I mentioned are priced over a grand the quality is superb and attention to detail is obvious. I know most here are more traditional with the stats and the les Paul's but these schecters I have easily play far better than any strat or les Paul I have ever owned. I still have a few Ibanez guitars and love those as well but I have already sold a few of them as I am now preferring schecters.