Meet Carmen, the first guitar I've ever bought new! I think the only negative review I saw was from someone who had to go back to the store to get their whammy bar. Once I got the plastic film off the pick guard and pickups and got her in tune, she played great out of the box! I'm not planning on any mods or upgrades - most reviews I read said "played great out of the box, but I'm going to change this, and change that, etc." I just hope Beatrix (the Midnight Wine HSS Standard Strat on the left) doesn't get too jealous!