didnt get to play one but while working at sam ash in 1996 a guy came in with one and sold it to the store. It was a beauty nice flame faded cherry burst w/orig.case and strap. I got to look at it but that was it!! it was placed in a show case for $ 56,000 just being able to look at it gave me a rush! Nothing came come close to the old growth wood-some were not so good some were great! hec, i had a 2004 edwards J.P. L.P. that beat the pants off my custom shop 2004 hand picked les paul the edwards just played better and was balanced better for my taste. Wish gibson would just get it right and stop charging crazy money for these reissues.they are out of hand!