I've done some reading up on these guitars lately, and people seemed to have issue with the middle pickup always being on all the time. When you try to lower the volume on the middle pickup or take it out of the mix, it effects the overall tone of the other pickups as well. If I find this to be an issue for me as well, there's some mods online that correct this issue and makes the guitar way more usable. My local guitar tech/friend could perform any of these mods for me and wouldn't cost me much. Once I get the guitar back next week, I'll put it through its paces and make sure I'm happy with the overall feel and playability, and more importantly all the stock tones available from this guitar. I'll then decide what the next step is.