I've been great fans of the Recording Models since the 1960s, and have probably seen/owned more than anyone else. I now own four, one since the '60s. We're also great fans of Tony Klassen, of New Era Guitars. So when this arrived, sounding fantastic but needing major surgery, we didn't hesitate to send it to Tony to do his magic. It has a new back, a gorgeous tobacco burst finish and great setup. The most stunning aspect, though, is the sound--it's amazing!