Thank you for helping make a decision. I was torn between a CE24 and a Custom 24-08. Then as I was browsing Reverb saw this one, a new 2018 model of the Custom 24-08 going for $2,600.00. It’s a regular figure top in Aquamarine. The photos don’t do a good job capturing the actual color. In person, it’s definitely blue, but in person there are an almost teal character to the color. Funny that I had to check under the pickup rings, because I thought the guitar had beautifully faded after the seller took his pictures for the sale post. The figure is beautiful and I actually like being able to see the wood grain in conjunction with the flames. The headstock veneer is gorgeous and I love clear or transparent finishes on the back o any guitar (the only cosmetic thing I’m not too crazy about my McCarty is it’s solid black finish on the back of the guitar). Also I really like the scraper maple binding on these guitars. Another guitar in contention, arguably the runner up, had a color I really liked, but had those smokeburst finishes that hide the beautiful sides of the maple cap with a black finish. I’m still in the honeymoon period, but I’m love with this guitar. It weighs 7 lb 4.9 oz, so I can play for hours without my shoulders nagging me. The neck is a pattern thin profile. Tone wise, I still prefer the sound of my McCart, but this guitar still sounds amazing. Handles gain super well, has more top end than my McCarty, but the top end has a smoothness and roundness to it that doesn’t make it too harsh. It cuts through a band mix like a hot knife. It’s even more comfortable than my McCarty, possibly because it is slightly lighter and has a thinner body (my McCarty weighs 7 lb 10.5 oz). If this guitar had a Stoptail it would’ve been even better, but I’m actually glad to own at least one guitar with a Trem. If it starts annoying me too much to tune it after re-stringing it, I’ll just block the trem. I can’t comment on tuning stability, because it wasn’t so good, but not because of the guitar, but because I haven’t got around to stretching the strings properly. It’s the guitars fault, as I just want to play the thing and not spend time stretching strings. I didn’t have to touch the truss rod, but did bring the action a bit down on the top three strings. Intonation was perfect out of the box, but I made small intonation adjustments after I lowered the action. I made a tiny adjustment to then pickup hight to compensate for lowering the action as well. Didn’t need to touch the adjustable pole pieces on the pickups, nor the trem claw screws. Anyways here are some pictures and as a bonus and also because my McCarty never had a NGD post, some McCarty pictures as well.