I have been playing since 4 years now and it only made sense to upgrade from my existing guitar that served me well all along. for the kind of music styleI play, rhoads is god..and was stoked to buy it from bajaao - my favorite online store for music and pro audio. Its just been a few days but I'm totally convincedthat this guitar and me were meant to be together. From searing, piercing to clean - mellow - it covers the gamut well. I received the guitar in secure packagingand to my surprise it was even setup the way I love it. nice low action without any buzz. I'd highly recommend it to a seasoned guitarist who appreciates great gear!!