Haven't read all the posts yet, I'm impatient tonight. I have the same model, and at least somebody scraped the lacquer off the top on mine. The fretwork is excellent BTW. I can still see it on the ends and along the sides. It's fine with me, but with that Cheeto lacquer it is a bit of an eye-sore. I'd return it pronto--these guitars are awesome, but c'mon FMIC.