TL : DR - I love it. I just got the Incarnadine red one. Looks counted for a lot in the decision, I figured that things like the pickups and tuners could get changed later and just because the Pro came with "better" units didn't mean I'd be less likely to replace them. The Pro color/finish options didn't speak to me the way this one did in the pictures and in person it is even better. The pics aren't making it look better than it is, they're just trying to keep up. I got mine through GC and if they did any setup it didn't stick when it comes to the neck. Bridge adjustments were fine though, once I got the truss rod adjusted. I've gotten about an hour of playing time, as a newbie that was enough to leave my fingers not so happy with me, but it was worth it. I'm loving this guitar. The feel and the look are awesome. The pickups are too different from my Epiphone to really have an opinion on yet. I'm going to need to make EQ changes that I didn't bother with yet. The same settings as I have been using result in a pretty bright sound that eagerly moves into crunchy and then distorted as you push things. My neck pickup on the Epiphone Les Paul Traditional Pro II gets a nice mellow tone at my usual settings (Mustang GT40, custom settings, so no point detailing) and the ML3 brightens up and adds a touch of crunch faster. You can roll off the crunch but it's never quite as smooth just from gain/volume changes. The bridge pickup is even more aggressive. If I remember right the Epi has Anico magnets and the ML3 Standard has ceramics, the difference in tone is noticeable. I'm tempted to change out just the neck and leave the bridge pickup. The contrast in tone would be fun. I'm in no rush though, and will mess with my settings on the amp to see what kind of tones I can get. One of the beauties of a modeling amp with a bunch of built in effects is being able to drastically alter your tone off the same guitar without having to own a ton of amps. Even if I don't change anything there, I'm good with the sound for the near future. I'm focused on learning the basics not fine tuning a particular tone. Speaking of basics and tone, the noise suppression work on this guitar is first rate. The shielding paint and grounding work clearly does the job. When I play at my desk I usually get a fair bit of noise due to the amount of electronics facing the guitar. I had to crank things up pretty far before it was noticeable and even then it was not bad at all. That's an under mentioned plus in my book. I use the selector switch on my Epi as a kill switch, I was concerned that not having that option would mean regularly rolling off the volume when I wasn't actively playing. No such issue. Obviously higher gain/volume situations will change that, but if a Squire Telecaster Bullet was a 9 for noisy and the Epiphone was a 5, the ML3 is a 2.