I purchased a blemished item and it indeed had a small nick at the tip of the headstock and who really looks at that anyways? The guitar came with loose strings and truss rod but being very cold during shipping thats a good thing, after warming up to room temp and setup, thats where the magic began. This thing plays amazing and has incredible sustain for a floyd rose equipped guitar, the fit and finish is top notch and feels like a higher price point guitar. The seymour duncans are very articulate and can go from jazz/blues to rock and metal, I can get an SRV tone with the coil tap and go right to an Iron Maiden riff or a Petrucci solo in an instant, the harmonics are near effortless. The neck is very fluid and not to thick or thin. Do NOT fool yourself and think this is a 1980's hair band axe, while it can definately do that style it can do about any genre and do it well. I will gig with this blue beauty for years to come and enjoy every note while doing it.