This is a super nice "budget" guitar that punches way above its price range. I've never had a Schecter before, but as soon as I picked this up I knew it would be good. Excellent neck, dead simple hardware, perfect factory setup. I do wish the strings hadn't been super gross and black (almost didn't buy it over this), but that's the fault of the store and not Schecter. Speaking of which, the employees couldn't have cared less about helping out or being useful in any way. I might end up going to GC from here on out if their service is better.