I'm a bass player and wanted to start working on guitar and, as a leftie, had the issues of availability within the range of desired guitar and price point. This is my first semi-hollow and it came out of the box set up very well. No rough fret ends or uneven frets were to be had. I tested every fret and there are no issues from top to bottom. The action was set up very well also. I just had to tune it and re-acclimate myself with those tiny strings. The plastic nut isn't a game changer and most folks may want to switch it out. I may at some point but not today. The pups sound pretty good to my ear. Granted, I'm playing thru a Gallien-Krueger Backline 210 Combo since I don't have a guitar amp, but it still sounds very nice and the switchable overdrive still makes a great noise. Maybe someday, if properly motivated, I will switch them out for something else. The tuners are the last thing that may need attention. Again, they seem ok to me as a beginner/returning to guitar customer, but I could see wanting to switch them out for some 19-1 locking tuners one day. The neck has a nice feel as its slightly chunkier, but not exactly as thick a full U. It just feels good and doesn't have such a thin profile that it feels like it may snap if you move up to 11's. The artificial relic-ing of the guitar may seem cheesy to some but I think it looks great. The worn look of the hardware is visually appealing to me and not as obnoxious as having a guitar that looks to have been belt sander beaten and then covered with 10 layers of clear. Its a subtle look on the Vintage and it doesn't grab your attention as easily. Personally, I think its a very attractive guitar that doesn't call unnecessary attention to itself. Overall, I feel its a good guitar and value. Lefties should consider the Artcore line for sure. I bought it, sight unseen, after watching videos and reading up on it for roughly 3 months. I'll update this later if any of my present opinions should change.
Audubon, New Jersey