that shoulda been "weren’t"….not we’re…haha : Well when a fan asked Zakk if the Epi was "worth buyin’" Zakk said something like "it better be, i told the epiphone family that if that guitar was a peice of shit they we’re puttin’ my name on it" : : instead of reading reveiws, go to your local guitar store and spend half a day paying all the guitars in your price range, playability is so important, how do you know what size neck you like until you play them? play them on a standard amp as well, dont let the guy plug you in to some $3000 boutique amp. but saying all that if i was going for one of those you discribed i’d go for the zak epi, if zaks name is behind it its bound to rock. : : Lee