Been wanting one of these for a long time... had a chance once to buy one new, but passed and regretted it ever since. Found this one used in good shape and it came with a case... couldn't pass it up again, so I took the plunge! Early Christmas present for me!!! Skwisgaar Swigelf would be proud! To be honest, I've never really been a fan any version of the Gibson BurstBucker pickups... and the Thunderhorse comes with BB1 & BB2. But dang... these have changed my mind about the BBs... really liking these. Great heavy sound when driven (especially through my Electro Harmonix East River Drive pedal (TS808 clone)). Don't think these will be going anywhere. The neck is advertised (as Epi almost seems to do regardless of reality) as a 60s Slim Taper, but it's not... not even close. It's a nice meaty, rounded (i.e., not the usual flattish Epi profile) neck that measures 0.846" & 0.956" at the 1st & 12th frets respectively. And she weighs in at 8.34lbs. She's not perfectly aesthetically. The front strap button has been moved to the back of the guitar by the heel... and she displays no tendency to neck dive (as some Explorers do). And she has a few scratches (nothing very deep) on her back. But I love the fact that the body and neck are bound and I have always had a thing for Silver Burst LPs... so this fills that niche nicely. Anyway, the minor wear & tear just indicate that clearly she was a player, and that makes sense considering how great she sounds and how nice she plays. All in all... a real keeper and will make a great companion to the Epi 1967 RI Black & White Flying V which I picked up a few months ago. Anyway, in keeping with my tradition of naming my guitars after classic actresses and/or sex symbols, I have named this one Yvonne (after actress Yvonne De Carlo who among many roles played Lily Munster on TV's The Munsters...LOL... but she was very popular film actress in the 40s & 50s). But enough blabbing... here's pics!