I could not resist grabbing a 'worn ebony' Epi Special VE while it was on special- I thought I could hear some fret buzzing while trying it at the shop. Further testing in the quiet of home confirmed my suspicions- playing power chords sounded like I had a tambourine backing track going. A quick google and away I went- a minor adjustment to the truss rod (with a capo on first fret), and I screwed the bridge down a couple of turns at a time.....bingo. 98% of the buzz is now gone. After about 5 hours playing over the last three days the tuners seem to be holding out, I've only had to do some minor adjustments. Having said that, the tuners are pretty basic. But they work. I've adjusted the neck pickup closer to the strings and the bridge pickup further away along with adjusting the pole pieces as per a reputable website....now, it sounds really good! I like noodling around with blues pieces, and with the both bridge and neck pickup engaged (playing through my BlackStar ID Echo 10, clean- light reverb) the sound is really nice. Clean, with a nice bit of 'woody' depth and some bite. Works really well for finger picking. And, switching over to the preset 'supercrunch' I can play some awesome sounding standard power chord riffs like 'Godzilla' and "Rock you like a hurricane', I tried out "Cowboys from Hell" with some hilarious results. It is a very light guitar and neck feels fast and easy to play, overall I am pleased. I've been slowly polishing in some Glitz bees wax, which looks good and keeps the matte finish- just with a bit more shine. Next step: change to 10/52 strings. Then.......an Iron Gear pickup upgrade. I'm calling this the...BLACK DOG project.