@Sridhar, One of the greatest ever and most sought after guitar tones from players like Eric Clapton, Ritchie Blackmore, Hendrix, SRV are all from single coils. Single coils are there for a purpose otherwise it'd have been non existent by now. Even shredder like Malmsteen and Chris Impelliterri use single coils though Malmsteen's later ones are all stacked ones.
GB&a is pretty good. I checked out J&D recently. Played on it for a good long time. I saw it for 6K. The finishing was excellent and had a very nice playability. The downside were the extremely muddy pickups. Hardly any note definition. Try playing some Tapping or Legato runs. You will understand that mud. The neck looked like Maple but the Body looked like some total cheap quality junk wood. So I am not sure about how the life would be and also how it'd last without warping and things like that. GB&a on the other hand uses better quality components. The pickups are still muddy but not as muddy as the J&D. Neck is Maple and Wood is some hardwood. So it can last a bit. The finishing is also pretty neat. I was not very impressed with the newer GB&a. The quality seems to have come down slightly. Actually my GB&a stock bridge pickup has more output than the Bill Lawrence 500XL which was used by Nuno and Dimebag Darrell (R.I.P). Surprising but true. Infact GB&a neck pickup has more output than the Bill Lawrence 500XL.
In Bangalore GB&a is about 9K. I have heard that in Bombay and Delhi it sell for 5.5K. For 5.5K this guitar is a steal. Even at 10K this is a very nice guitar.
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