Picked one of these up today secondhand good price. Set it all up and put some new strings on it tonight. The HB pick ups seem to be very high output to the point where it is giving a slightly muddy / distorted output though my Fender Super champ (clean channel) on 3. Like the output of the guitar is overdriving the amp even at low volumes. I am going to lower the pick ups a bit tomorrow but to be honest they look pretty low now. Does anyone own one of these can give me some advice on your set up. From what I see very good reviews. I always have my volume knob on full. Perhaps with these guitars do you need to back the volume / output off a bit? I have never been a fan of Fender HB but these were pretty highly rated on the net and I didn't have a chance to play it before I bought it. I must say I have had Mex Fenders before and I really like them. To me they are more the feel of a 90's USA Fender which may sound good or bad to some. The new guitars are gorgeous no doubt but just a bit too perfect for me tonally and structurally. Very bulky feel to me. No character. I am starting to see the differences though. The wood and construction, paint etc lovely. Hardware my god. Nearly every screw is at best rusty, most have the heads worn out of them. 2 of the saddles are rusted up and allen key hole stripped. The tuner posts are corroded and the nuts holding the string posts on chrome flaking off and rusty. Nickel pick up covers really tarnished and wont polish up. I understand these are a lesser model than USA but they're not exactly cheap. I have had Chinese Squiers / Korean / Indo guitars with better hardware on than this one.