well, Jim has a point of course, you should learn to play jazz before getting a jazz guitar! Lol. But really, I was just looking for a guitar to get the jazz kind of sound, not necessarily the actual playing skills that jazz guitarists have. I mean, being like George Benson, Wes Montgomery, John Scofield, or Stanley Jordan is just like trying to be like Steve Vai. It's like a specialty area, and I must say, I bet some of the best jazz guitarists are just as fast as (and better sounding than) Vai himself. They're all absolute masters of their instrument, and it takes a lot of chops to play real jazz. Try playing some old Django Reinhardt...even the more basic ones are freaking hard. If you ever get ahold of his song called, "Paris Blues" (a universal jazz song for many instruments), you would be absolutely amazed at how well he handles his electric guitar, and we're talking one the size of an acoustic and a half with only three fingers. That guys was great. But like I said before, I'm just looking for the overall sound I can get from a jazz box. So the AK85 is a nice guitar, huh? Because I was looking for an old school-looking archtop like it, and it looks as though it may be a good candidate. Either than or I'd like to check out one of the Gretsch Electromatics because those are all old school jazz guitars. all very helpful stuff.