Ok, this happened almost randomly, after months trying to buy an ES Les Paul...and failing miserably, multiple times...so I gave up on that, and stumbled upon this Custom; I already have 2 Custom Light, and a Custom 2014, which is collecting dust in its case because I never managed to like it....but really, another Custom wasn't on my plans.... ...but then this one, holy cow, it's just a stellar build! I didn't manage to resist, and I bought it instantly! I'm sick badly...I know! It's the Limited Edition (300 worldwide) the Custom Shop did, with 1 single piece body with no wheight relief (9.9Lbs of goodness!), long tenon, grovers and all typical Black Beauty appointments. On paper sounds pretty much a little step up from the regular customs, but the difference with my other Custom is embarrassing in almost all aspects. Finish it's just perfection. Did a full check under black light, I didn't manage to find a single flaw. It's so perfect that looks made in Japan LOL! Neck is a bit fatter and rounder than my 2014, like a gentle 59 profile, beautiful carve. Neck joint angle seems around 4°, very comfortable. Richlite it's finally looking as it should, like my Godin. Not greysh and spotted, like my 2014, but very dark, uniform and smooth like ice. Looks they are now buffing the Richlite so that it does feel very natural. I still prefer Ebony, but this one it's seriously looking good and properly finished. I can't honestly feel a difference with the Ebony board I have in my '87 Custom L. The most interesting feature are the frets! They are kinda Fretless Wonder, with just a tad more profile, but they are not really the typical fret I have on the other Custom. I like these frets quite A LOT! Binding is perfectly rolled and nibs are perfect, no snap, no traps. Nut probably a bit conservative, but I'll be fine tuning with my final setup. Action is crazy low, with bridge almost bottom down, and still no buzz. I'll be raising a bit to match my preference. Relief it's just perfect out of the box, with a good 004". Intonation it's pretty much spot on, but I'll be checking again when the neck will stabilize for his new house. Tone is the one I do recognize, very rich and articulate, despite the muddy pups (that I love btw). For some reason this one has much more bite than the other Custom with same pups, so I want to check the wiring to understand more. It's pretty different in this aspect, than other 490/498 combos I do have. Sustain for a month, even with these flat frets. Again, stellar instrument. Here we go with the pictures!