First time I remember, was watching SNL in 1997 - Silverchair guitarist was using a emerald green CU24?.... Thought it looked cool & sought 'em out. Upon seeing them for the first time I asked about trem stability, and I was NOT a fan of Floyd Rose trems. I was amazed. Didn't get my first one until sometime around 2000, it was an Archtop II. Rocked it too much, lots of long late-night gigs, and had some cracks... fixed it & decided it was time for another road guitar. In came the McCarty. Still have 'em both & currently toying with the idea of how I'm going to creatively finance my 3rd PRS through trading, selling, and the tiny bit of cash I've got.