Hello, I'm Simon from Victoria in Australia. I've watched a lot of Rob & Lee's videos in the last few months; their YouTube stuff always makes me laugh and I enjoy seeing people who are fans of guitar playing speaking to other fans on their own level and actually living the dream and making their own guitars - it's cheered me up a lot to watch their rise to fame, glory, etc. I underwent carpal tunnel surgery a couple of years ago (both hands in one year six months apart...not fun) and have gradually been finding my old Strat more and more difficult to play (the 9.5 inch radius no longer agrees with me it seems), I had been looking for an alternative once I came to the conclusion that I needed a flatter fretboard. I've still got my Les Paul (which I cannot part with) and an acoustic, but wanted the kind of guitar I couldn't afford to have as a teenager in the 80's. I've never been in a band and had no ambition to be - I'm strictly a bloke who plays at home or jams at the odd backyard barbecue when everyone's had a few and I can get away with sounding like I know what I'm doing. So far so good, apparently. I've found a shop here in Australia which has a Hotrod ML-1 for sale, so I've found someone who wants to buy my Strat, and my Levinson Blade Delta Standard and once that's settled I'm getting the Hotrod ML-1. Rather than have them both sit there in their cases, I decided a change was needed and seeing this guitar kind of spurred me into action. 80's me would be proud, I think. Yes, it's possibly just the mid-life crisis talking, but at least it isn't a red sports car. I stumbled across this forum while looking for reviews on the Hotrod, and thought I'd sign up.