Well, this is the 3rd or 4th one of this model I've played around with (not 100% sure of the number because we've had some in the store I work at, and sometimes they get transferred between stores, and not sure if the current in-stock one is one we've had before or not). I bought it based on the combination of price, comfort, and the impressions I'd gotten from playing it. Mine is slightly nicer-looking than the last couple I've seen, and the neck feels great. I still need to get a bit more used to the added string, but it's not throwing me off too badly so far. Band practice tomorrow night will be the real test, I think.
I also might be trading the stock EMG 808s for Blackouts later this week, and I won't know until tomorrow night how the EMGs sound through my real rig at band levels.