I'm quite a negative person, so to introduce this guitar, I'm going to start with the good: * The finish is really nice. Not super flashy, but just fancy enough to be interesting. Plus with a solid finish, there's no issues to be had with the top's quality (There IS a maple top here...). Chrome hardware complement the guitar's very well! * It sounds pretty nice! A little thinner sounding, perhaps, than my US Boden 6 was, but in no-way disappointing * Tuners are much easier to use than on my old Boden 6 * Volume/tone knobs finally have a notch to see where they're set... though good luck seeing these in the dark! * 3-way switch only, but super clunky and nice-feeling * Fluences sound GREAT. First time trying them. I'm not a fan of voicing 2 (a little bassier, less tight) but I'm loving all other tones here * Also sounds good acoustically, though could be louder for a chambered guitar of this quality. Still, perfect for 'movie practice' where you also don't want to turn up the movie to tinnitus-inducing levels * Factory setup was, honestly, very good. I am SUPER PICKY about setups (and build quality, small details, engineering features etc...) but honestly, the setup here is good. I'll likely fine-tune it somehow if I keep it and use it more, but this is certainly good-enough as far as I'm concerned * Endurneck makes playing this 7 string-guitar feel like a 6er! For what it's worth (trust me, not much at all but eh, in-case these things matter to you which you're certainly entitled to), this one is Made in Korea; production is now moving to Indonesia as Cort becomes Strandberg's sole OEM builder overseas as I understand it. Now there ARE niggles. And on a 2k instrument, I feel they should be pointed out. * A rough area between fretboard/neck at the 5th fret * Rusted neck-mount screws. Well, not rust... I don't know. The metal just looks used-up, it's not super pleasant * Some weird... smudge (?) marks on the fretboard which I'm sure a little lemonoil and rub will take care of * Tiny tiny tool marks on the frets... juuust enough to kind of feel them when bending if paying attention. By-and-large the frets are nice, but not perfect * Some small imperfections here-and-there in the build * The usual headpiece hardware not aligning with the string spacing * Gigbag's ID card window is coming apart! That was FRESH FROM THE FACTORY * Honestly, and again I am SUPER picky, this is it I'll be honest, taking it out of the box I was disappointed. I have never seen factory guitar with issues before, and these feel like they shouldn't be on any guitar over 1k. BUT It's just so damn fun Now for pictures; teh guitar! Nice work on fret-ends and inlays: Rough area close-up (with the world's sharpest lens and worst photographer): String-spacing weirdness: Neck mount screw smudginess: Some unclean bits: Fingerboard smudge: Voila. Obviously it's been only a few hours. The rough area on the neck/fingerboard join at the 5th fret is the worst issue here and the only one that's not quite fixable but it's hardly noticeable at all. Still, this has no place on a guitar this expensive, make no mistake. Apart from that, like I said... it's super fun, sounds reaaally good, and plays just as good as I would hope.