Had to give this 5 stars. What a great guitar for so little money. I got mine new/used. Still had the clear film over the pick guard. Played it a bit at the store. I guess I got lucky and the neck was really straight, with a very slight relief bow, perfect. This is the least expensive guitar I've ever bought. Got it home, messed around with it a bit, then made some adjustments to the string heights and set the intonation. Plugged it directly into a mixing board and played it thru the studio monitors, no effects, no EQ, just dry. The monitors are flat, real time analyzed. The guitar had some really nice tones! Especially liked the bridge pickup or the bridge and middle pickup combo. Nice clear highs and warm sounding bottom. Couldn't help but notice the craftsmanship on this was near flawless. The action is nice too! The tuning machines are very stiff, got a torque wrench?, but it stays in tune really well even when using the tremolo. Springs were adjusted tight. Next I plugged it into a Vibro Champ amp. Mine has a ten inch Celestion speaker and I use it for recording, miking it live or using it for my own monitor on stage. Got the tubes powered up right on the edge where playing lightly is clean, and nailing the strings it does that tube thing. I call it my sweet spot and it was easy to get there with this guitar. I have a lot of guitars, and this one is really a nice guitar. I've paid tons more money for guitars, and some don't compare to this. As you can tell, I really like this guitar. It wouldnt be a good heavy metal shedder type guitar, but for classic rock, country, alternative rock or whatever it's great. Some will think of this as a beginner guitar, yes it would be a great guitar for beginner or student, but it's no toy. This is a good guitar for anyone at any skill level. I'll use mine mostly for jamming and recording or onstage too. It's fun to play, the action is good, has nice tones and looks good too, not to mention it seems really crafted well. If it's not the sound you really like, you can always upgrade the pick-ups too. I may split the coils on the humbucker and put a switch to go from dual to single coil soon. It's an easy mod to do. Anyway, I don't care that it's not a boutique or expensive made in USA model. I'll worry bout that after my first gold record, lol. It's all about making music. Good luck.