As soon as I pulled this Fire Shmear out of its case, I ran around the shop yelling "GUYS! GUYS! LOOK AT THIS FINISH!" at anyone who would listen. Then, I jammed out for entirely too long at a socially unacceptable volume, so everyone has to listen no matter what! This guitar was a blast to play. The bridge humbucker has a pleasant snarl in the midrange, muscular low-end, and plenty of chime and sparkle in the highs. It's quite articulate and clear, too. The middle pickup has a sunny voice with a glassy, cutting high end along with clear, round lows and vocal upper midrange. The neck pickup has warm, smooth low-end to go with sweet crystalline high-end and throaty low-mids. If you want a warmer, punchier sound, you can just activate the midboost switch, too. Anyone looking for sonic heat should check out this Fire Shmear Studio Elite HD!