As I can personally compare the Maybach Lester with a higer end Japanese Momose MLS1 (Honduran mahog. version) I would say the Momose is a bit better, but only since I put in better pus than the stock "Beano" (which are not bad, no, but I felt they did not deliver the full potential of the guitar - no need to change the Amber pafs in the Lester, though). I would say the sound, esp. when unplugged, of the Momose is a bit "deeper", but these are possibly personal tastes. The Momose also has a beefy neck, even fatter than the Maybach, still very comfortable to play, I generally like that, and I think it adds to the tone, the more wood the better.