I own a lot of guitars' especially in the last 12 months. The only guitars that came set up, ready to play were a USA G&L ASAT and this Gretsch G5220. This includes american Fenders and Gibsons. I believe the Gretsch is as good as any guitar I have . Tone ,Electronics, build, top notch. If you need a pro guitar you can gig with, you won't go wrong with the g5220 and you will love it .The price is unbelievable.