http://www.epiphone.com/News-Featur...400--Why-Is-This-Guitar-Shaking-Up-The-I.aspx These are actually a good bit hotter than Gibson 57s(getting into Burstbucker pro territory) but that's what the volume knobs are for! I like them a lot more than the Gibsons for modern metal and acid jazz and roll off the treble and add a little volume, they're blues monsters. My vintage has a long Maestro and Kluson tuners added. It has seen a fair bit of action and shows it, up close, but remains as solid as the day I got it. Lowest action of any of my flock.