Man, I've read before "right out of the box" this, (whatever people were reviewing) was great. And I would think yea sure, but I'm telling you this guitar is great and ready to rock right out of the box !!! I barely had to tune on the fine tuners, this thing plays like hot butter, I mean I was totally amazed. As far as looks this guitar is beautiful, the blackened black winter Seymour Duncan passive P.U. is just what I have been looking for as far as the tone I have been looking for, anyway I love everything about it and I look forward to many years of heavy rocking with this metal machine !!!