What is your opinion of this product?
Alder body makes it lighter than my previous Variax 700(black)which was Mahogany, Sounds more organic and even better after the update. Variax model selector now has a led light that will display name of selected bank, nice addition! Alnico single coils sound warmer than their Strat sound counterpart but the hum when using overdrive/distortion can be annoying sometimes, but that's normal on Alnico single coils pickups, It came with two lithium battery packs and USB PC/Mac connector which was great! As for the looks; is a nice classic sunburst paint and comfortable body. Neck is a little bit thicker than my old Variax 700 and it seems like there's no varnish on it, but the difference is not a big deal, at least for me, still plays fast. Comes with 010 D'Addarios, generic locking tuners, great action setup and mostly in tune (thanks American Musical Supply). My only big complain is about the Line 6 gig back...as it looks so cheap and poorly padded. I own 3 other Variax instruments all three of them have nice padded professional looking gig back this one is mediocre as best. All in all is a great instrument I wish I could by all models!