Straight out of the box the guitar looked flawless just like the stock photos. The feel of the neck is a nice touch with it's chunck-ee-ness. The sound and response of the guitar plays buttery smooth and the pots are super responsive to the turn. No fret-buzz and the fret work was very well done. Playing it live at church gave me no issues other than a re-tune between songs because I changed the strings the night before. I'd recommend playing one in store before pulling the trigger. Epiphone nailed it!