Here's the update. Sweetwater has done a warranty inspection on the guitar and found that there are no issues that fall under warranty claims. Warped neck etc. They suggested to have a bone nut installed and to have it PLEK'D to maximize playability. They also suggested that Fender guitars to be "buzzy" by nature and part of their character. I've decided to have them return the guitar as is and will seek a 2nd opinion locally. So the saga continues.