I was buying this as a project guitar for the body and neck, I figured I would be ripping everything out of it. Nope! I was shocked, the guitar has amazing authentic Alnico V tone. High output pickups, great sustain which surprised me because the trem block is that zinc Korean small block stuff. But I decided to leave the guitar as is because it does what I want it to. I should add I own 100+ guitars some worth thousands and while this isn't a $1,400 Baretta with locking Floyd it is a great buy for the money. This easily could sell for $300. I did have to take sharp fret ends off one side of the fret board and did level 2 frets but what do you expect for $180. I should add I bought two of these, one black and one white elsewhere and the white one had no issues at all, no sharp fret ends and no fret issues. My suggestion would be if you buy one and it isn't what it should be send it back and ask for another until you get one that plays right. I'm a guitar luthier so fixing 95% of issues really isn't much ado about much. If you want great out of the box spend more than $500, anything less and there more than likely will be issues with frets or what have you which is why I was so happy with the white one I purchased and the black one needed a little tweaking. Overall you can't go wrong with these. Buy with confidence, Sam Ash has a great team of people to make returns easy and like stated you will more than likely be very happy here with these.
John in Maine