Thanks for the welcome guys!
ARE NINE: I think what makes this guitar special is that:-
1. It's a Gibson Custom Shop Alex Lifeson model
2. Only 300 of this model will be made
3. It sounds exactly like a RUSH recording (early stuff)
DEEPBLUE: The sound can be a little thin when using the Varitone in certain position but flick the active switch up and it gets a great bluesy tone - very woody - lovely!
All guitars have different characteristics and 'comfort' depending on thickness of neck / body so it's all very subjective - I have several strat's and they are all different - tried 5 Les Paul Custom's in a shop last week and 4 of them I thought were awful (even a Steve Jones Custom Shop!).
I suppose what makes a guitar 'special' is the one that fits your hand and sounds right to your ears, it doesn't have to be expensive, deluxe, custom shop or vintage and as my old man used to say.....'it's horses for courses'
Now I'm off to do a deal on a Les Paul 'ULTIMA' - Quilt, Flame inlay, stop-tail (now that is a special guitar! )
If I can work out how to do it I'll post some pics!