Hi there guys and girls. So a few years ago I saw this guitar by a brand named Spear, it was comprised of a group of ex cort employees and got some really great reviews in the various magazines. One model that really caught my eye was the SHL-1Q Evil Monkey. I could never make up my mind if I loved or loathed the artwork and around £400 and no local retailers near me I passed on getting one. Jump forward to the last few months and Spear have folded (only 1 store in Germany with stock) and their is a guy on evilbay selling off the last of the UK distrubutors stock at knock down prices, they have a SHL-1 which is the same guitar without the quilt veneer. in the discription is a link to the guys shop where he has a few other Spear models, so I take a look. He has both SHL-1 & the SHL-1Q for sale at the insanely low price of £150 so I decide to take the chance and purchase 1 of each (my son wanted the black SHL-1 and if he didn't like it they offer a 7 day full refund or exchange) My main thought was that at that price I could always hang it on the wall as a conversation piece. So after a couple of days they both arrive. What can I say - the pictures don't do the quilt top justice, yes it's just a veneer but fantastically done and the overall condition of both guitars was fantastic. Straight out of the box both guitars were virtually perfect. They feel fantastic and sound beautiful (I never really liked the JB but running this guitar through my fender Hotrod III She sounds beautiful) The good points = Beautiful Cherry stain on gorgous Quilt Veneer Slim 60's mahogany set neck construction The finish on mine is flawless Perfectly level frets - with a action 1mm treble side, 1.25mm bass side @12th Fret perfect intonation @ 12th fret Locking style Machineheads Seymour Duncan SH-4 "JB" Humbucker The minor points = Minor truss rod tweak Fingerboard a little dry I will change the capacitor out for a better one, the rest of the wiring though a little messy works perfectly. The bad points = On mine nothing. The quality of both guitars is fantastic (I have to be honest and say my sons was perfect out of the box and has a nicer fretboard). The guitar are quite different in weight though = Mine 8lb 2oz Peters 10lb 2oz SPEAR SHL-1Q "Evil Monkey" Full Specs = 40mm Mahogany Body 15mm Quilted Veneer Maple Cap Spear Metal / Soul Stone Abalone Headstock Inlay Mahogany Set Neck Rosewood Fretboard with Pearloid Dots 43.6mm Nut 22 Medium Frets 24 3/4” Scale Length 10” Neck Radius Seymour Duncan SH-4 “JB” Bridge Humbucker Gold Locking Machineheads Gold Tune o Matic Bridge 1 Volume, 1 Tone Wine Red Will post a picture of peters black non quilt top version when I can pry it from his hands.