I have read this is a common problem with these guitars. Today I noticed that the neck pickup dropped in volume and sounded weak and thin. So, I took off the pick guard to get to the height adjust screws. As soon as I turned the screw the pickup came to life and is now louder than it has ever been. I don't know what I did but maybe something was touching the black shielding paint. There was a slight static noise as I touched the adjustment screw. So, just a heads up. Maybe the pickup problem with these is an easy fix.