You get what you pay for.....and then some on this one!
Just got one of these babies from sweetwater. Right out of the box I noticed that it needed a slight tweak to make it play to my standards. However, once this guitar was set up, it played as well as a guitar twice the price. The pickups are probably the low point, since they don't have much "thump" to them. They're kinda weak, but again, most of have our favorite pickups out there and swapping would be a breeze. But overall, for $500 you can't go wrong with this!!!!! (a case would have been nice though)