Well guys, I’ve been on the road since picking up this new HM and finally got home to give this a better test drive through my own amps. It has a woodier/twangier character than any of my other LPs – I get a lot more snap – don’t know if that’s the brazilion fb or hide glue or whatever, but it just feels and sounds more responsive than my other LPs. Very nice clarity too. The 59 spec neck is quite different from the typical reissue necks. For instance, my R9 starts similar at the nut but goes to .990 at the 12th, while this one is .920 at the 12th. It took me a couple of days to get completely comfortable with the neck, but now I can’t put it down… The finish… if you like the bright, flashy, high contrast flame you see on the newer reissues, that is not what you get here. They can do the flashy gloss finish if that’s what you prefer, but that’s not what’s intended if you opt for the full RDS. Mine looks like an old LP which looks nothing like what you see hanging in the shops. It’s more subdued… Bottom line is this turned out great for what I was looking for. You do get a different guitar back, which in my case was a good thing.