Got this in the mail very recently, had one of my wife's co-workers order it for me and trick Kurt into thinking he was shipping to a 1st time customer, low and behold: no cracks, dings, chips, busted hardware or other defects. It has some surface scratches near the tremolo on the front of the body, and it came with the Wilkinson tuners instead of the Grovers as listed. It was in bad need of a fret level, the 1st and 2nd frets were completely un-useable on the low B and low E, nice! I leveled the frets, waxed the finish, and decided not to have her contact him about the frets, scratches, tuners, etc, because I don't want to take a refund and there aren't any more of this color in stock. Plus I might want to have her order a 2nd time, and I should probably save it for then, because each guitar she orders for me will get progressively worse until I have to find another person to place my next order, for the 3rd time no less. Hey, I like the guitars and I'm not going to let this ONE guy stop me, and I get better service this way anyhow. Ok...So, after leveling the frets, the thing plays fantastic. I have said it before, you cant find a 7 string neck-thru mahogany guitar with a double locking trem and brand-name tuning heads for anywhere near this price ($225) and the guitars that are available for this price don't even come close in regards to features, hardware, build, and value. But then again, none of those guitars need to have the frets leveled in order to be able to play them! And fortunately, this came with the same pickups that they put in the Grendel 7's, which are some of my favorite pickups out there, regardless of price. They have such a nice crisp midrange, solid and non-muddy low end, plenty of high end crunch without being harsh and just the right amount of gain. Quiet too. I will say though, I prefer the way they sound in the basswood of the Grendel over the way they sound in the mahogany of the Hadron. The single-coil in the middle is awesome too, it has a smooth high end instead of being too brittle, and the pole pieces arent all high and in the way of my pick. The trem works fantastic, and has solid components. I love the smoked chrome hardware too. The tuning machines are great too, they look and feel much like the Grovers that the guitar was supposed to come with! And the maple top on this particular Hadron is the best top Ive gotten from Rondo to date, in fact if it weren't for one blemish near the bass side of the bridge, the top on this guitar would be up there with all those $1,000+ guitars with killer tops that aren't bookmatched or AAA but still way better than the thin, inconsistent, wood filler-marred tops that usually come with Rondo's lower priced instruments. The thing plays like butter, the action and intonation are spot-on, the 27" scale makes soloing much more comfortable for me, and keeps my tension nice and tight on the low B and E strings. Its also razor-thin, about half the thickness of a standard strat-style guitar, the neck is very thin too. I love everything about this guitar, except the headstock. I don't like it at all, but Ive seen worse, and I am willing to deal with it since its not my only guitar, and I have plenty of guitars with cool headstocks but none of them are neck thru, and none of them come close to the features and value of this instrument. It gives me a 27" baritone hardon every time I vibrate its smokey chrome wang bar!