I bought a brand new 2017 Gibson J-45 Standard in August of ‘17. I love the look. The fit and finish is outstanding. It has good tone, but something just wasn’t right. The strings (12’s or 13’s) bound in the nut, no matter how much chapstick, graphite etc.. I applied. Very difficult to tune and almost impossible to get it to stay in tune for any length of time. There was an odd clunky extraneous vibration when the B string was played open through the 7-8 fret. And the action was pretty dang high. I am lucky enough to live near the folks who make Manuel and Patterson guitars. Phil Patterson worked on my ‘86 J-100E right after I bought it and he is the real deal. I was at the end of my rope with the J-45 and considering selling it. I called Phil and he agreed to take a look at it. He replaced the graphtec nut with bone, made a new tusq bridge that didn’t have such a drastic radius and leveled shaped and crowned the frets. I know it was pleked at the factory, but I’m not sure how impressed I am with that process. Regardless, I had worn a few grooves in the first 4-5 frets. It has never played so well! Action is much lower but the rattle is gone. Plays like butter and is way louder. I’m so pleased with the results. I was truly considering passing this one along. I was so disappointed to have bought what, for me, is a very very expensive guitar from a world renown American company and not have it meet basic expectations. Im not here to bash Gibson. I own three. J-45, J-100E and a Junior. But I will say that in my own personal experience my guitar could have definitely benefited from a better setup before leaving Bozeman. You hear lots about “play a Gibson before you buy” and “Gibson quality is hit or miss” and “ hold out for a good one” and so on ad nauseum. I wonder if some of that can be attributed to poor setup on otherwise outstanding guitars? Anyhow, I brought mine in and paid for a professional setup and I’m so glad I did.