Just in......... my new 2021 Epi BB King Lucille So far, I am very impressed. I did have to do a complete setup when I pulled it out of the box. It was really unplayable at first. I have never tried to use a Varitone before. And, after spending a few hours with this one, I expect it will always stay on the #1 setting. I ordered it expecting to replace the pickups. But, this Alnico Classic Pro pickups sound really good. The CTS pots are very nice and smooth. I thought the same about the EpiLite case since I had not seen one. But this is really nice. Good protection without all the weight. Basically, I am really happy with this Lucille!!