Just got off the phone with Ace's assistant. He told me that he and Ace will be meeting with Gibson to design two new Ace guitars due out later this year or next year. One of them will probably be the silver sparkle blue burst that he played at the VH1 rock honors. I asked him if it would have the dark trim / dark pups like he played or if it would be more like the Epi with creme trim. He did not know & said all of that is still to be worked out. He said the other one could be a t-burst, maybe a 70s reissue / throw back. I told him he needed to have them use the medium 70s neck profile instead of the round ones they put on the 300 Aces in 1997. He said he wants to hear that sort of input. So while I am at it, I think I will ask him to make it a VOS with flatter frets (more like 70s frets although Ace always changed them to giant lincoln log frets). And it would be nice to see them put some more correct tuner buttons on those Grovers, like rectangular - the way his Pat. Pend. tuners were. I will not say anything about the lightning inlays or the Ace face for fear of insulting him. But I prefer the trapezoid (LP Deluxe or Standard) or block inlays (LP Custom) on the fret board and Les Paul silk screen (Deluxe / Standard) or diamond inlays (Custom) on the head. It would be cool if it was a smoker t-burst, but I don't see that happening! I think they want the release of the new guitar(s) to be about the same time as his new tour starting towards the end of the summer; the new CD comes out at the end of June / early July. but it could take longer to get the right guitar developed.