Well this is about a year late but i have been rather busy. A year ago I met mike from ESP, we talked for about an hour and with ESP fixing something that was not broken I had decided to try and get one of the 2012 models. He emailed me a list of what he had in stock and we worked out a deal. This is what i ended up with. A Reindeer blue Horizon NT-II. This would be my second standard series guitar but first one i had bought new. I got a UC MII a year earlier. First off, this is a great guitar, I love everything about it. The only thing I would change is an unfinished neck. The SD pucks were actually nice. I liked the sound of them, they seem a bit clearer than the EMGs i have in the MII. Its a very smooth playing guitar, great quality overall.