Love this guitar! My wife surprised me with it. I'd have chosen the surf green with the Laurel fretboard, but this guitar grew on me really quick. It did need some attention to detail, and there was one personal show-stopper thing for me that required modding. But with just a little work this thing is killer. 1) First thing out of the box I tightened all the nuts and screws; bridge, neck, tuners... 2) New set of strings 3) Set intonation (this bridge is really easy to use for this and it came out perfect) 4) Cut the cover off the neck pickup #4 was the big thing. The stock neck pickup is super muddy. I take it that's normal for standard Telecasters, but I didn't know. My MIM Tele HH didn't suffer from that. After some reading I decided to remove the cover from the pickup. It was easily cut off with a rotary tool. No soldering required, and no potting in the pickup to deal with. The coils are already wrapped, so it was an easy and short process. It sounds really good! The only other thing this guitar needs is dressing the frets, and probably an upgrade to Fender locking tuners.