Made it out to Chuck Levin's yesterday. I tried the S2 Cu24 in pink crackle and it was a more than capable instrument. Easily on par with the Gibson Les Paul that was my previous number one. I liked the way the finish was textured. Then I asked about the 30th Anniversary Core Cu24 still sitting around. It really was a jump from the S2. While the S2 was nice and light, the Core felt lighter still. According to the site, it's 6.8 pounds - a welcome contrast to my previous latest guitar clocking in over 10 pounds. The Core sounded more alive even with the over-four-year-old dead strings vs. the S2's fresh strings. I realized I'd probably be pouring more money into the S2: black hardware and most likely the Metal pickups, if not sending it to the PTC for a Floyd. But I wouldn't change a thing about the Core model, so I stepped up to the Core model and didn't look back. It took a little time to get used to the pickups. My amps at home were set up for a Les Paul with an X2N, and the 85/15 set doesn't hit the amp with a brick of mids like the X2N does. But more importantly, the highs are there, to be sculpted away by the tone knob if necessary. Rarely with full-size humbuckers have I used the tone knob (it goes straight to mud). The neck profile fits me very well, especially standing and slung pretty low.