I'm not big on giving negative reviews, but this was my first experience with both Michael Kelly and buying from Sam Ash. Now I was aware of where MK fell in the pricing higherarchy. I was curious about the quality. I received the guitar in a timely manner, but it was the worst packing job I have ever seen. The MK box was inside a bigger box as normal, but THERE WAS NOTHING really inside to cushion. So as you moved the box the guitar moved freely. Not good, SAM ASH. Then I tuned the guitar and plugged it in for a quick tour before setting it up. The pickups in this guitar sounded like they were trapped in molasses. Very muddy...no life...no character...nothing. I was very disappointed. I sent it back. I gave it 2 stars because the fit and finish of the guitar was pretty good. The ferrule on string 3 through the body was loose.