Great guitar, LOVE the pickups (surprisingly), just changed a few things to my liking. Lowered the bridge just a bit for action about 1-2mm lower, idk, I just eyeball and feel it. When it's too high, you can feel it. When it's too low, you can feel and hear it. Raised the pickups as well, because while I wanted a more vintagey tone than my other guitars, I still like gain. The neck was already aligned nicely, no buzz, great intonation along all frets and strings. I ordered it new online, and it's 2018 model, so no need to change old strings yet. My only complaint is the fretboard is a bit dirty up to about the first 4 or 5 frets. Can't really tell when I'm just normal fretting, but on riffs with a lot of sliding, it very quickly becomes apparent, and with dirty fingers comes more friction and dirtier strings, which in turn create more friction. I'll just have to clean the board when I change the strings. Easily forgivable for the price and tone imo. There are just a couple other minor flaws which I don't really care about, like a couple of the higher frets you can ever so slightly feel on the finger side of the neck, and the nut flush with the neck, it's slightly indented, but the grooves seem to be well aligned. WOO, boi, is it just me or do these alnico pro w/e epi pups sound like '57 Classics? Okay, bit of personal history. I play mostly metal. Talkin Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Morbid Angel, Death, At the Gates, etc. Heavy, loud, obnoxious, too-distorted-to-make-anything-out stuff, BUT I've been playing progressively more and more hard rock, classic rock, soft rock etc. the past few years, and have been wanting to learn blues, altho it's very complex and mostly outside my skill level, so I decided I needed a guitar better suited to the genres with less gainy pups. For example, SD Distortions can easily get good AC/DC tone with the right amp/pedal/settings, but it usually sounds just a bit too modern. So, went with the cheaper Epi over Gibson, based on forum discussions, words by guys like Rob Chapman, and those nice push/pull volumes. Boy, am I glad I did. I've played an Epi LP Tribute with '57s for a few hours at the local shop and was surprised at how well they handled heavy metal distortion. Was not expecting such sweet-toned pups to have such growl at high gain and extreme EQ settings. I swear to God, that's the same feeling I got from these. Whether clean, crunch, or super gain, all I could think of when I first plugged in was "'57 Classics?" Even now, I still can't get over both how well they clean up yet how much punch they pack without even changing any amp settings. I was expecting to think they were just "okay", or maybe a little better than "okay", but damned if I ever swap them out for anything. I do have a few questions concerning G-400s, but I'm not sure if I should ask them here, search for answers, or start a new thread.