If Gibson was on the headstock people would pay 3 times more for it, without a second thought. Epiphone hit it out of the park! Build Quality= Excellent... Fit & Trim, the Details= Near perfect, better than a few Gibsons we've come across lately... Action/Set up out the box= exactly how I prefer it, the strings needed a wipe down or to be replaced from the oxide residue... Sound is subjective; but I love it. Epiphone USA Probuckers= Juicy, tight, & dirty. (insert your own joke right here)... Push pull knobs= Split/ Tap/ out of phase. It's 2020 this allows you to experiment and find your unique sound... I think we've all been learning lately, if given equal components that the quality gap between foreign made guitars is equal to an American crafted one. Hype is greater than the reality, don't let the brand dictate your worth as a guitarist, just go out there be inspired, inspire others and be a bad mother just like this guitar.