I forgot to post the comparison, will have to get picts and do that. If you are still in the market, I would suggest and Elitist. They are cheap right now ($700) and it is a better guitar than the Epi '59. The '59 is a good guitar, but the Elitist outclasses it in basically every catagory. I just saw your message for the 1st time, or I would have contacted you sooner.
I am really looking forward to your comparison of the Elitist and the 59. I have been really torn about purchasing a '59. From what I have read about Orvilles and the Elitist, those models would not be such bad choices. There is, however, alot more certainty in buying a '59 from a retailer. I am totally lost.