As soon as I got the guitar, I replaced the pickups with Seymour Duncan JB and Distortion Neck. I had some concerns about the painted neck is not a problem at all. Guitar required some minimal set-up, but the frets came almost perfectly level and polished. I did not have to intonate the Floyd Rose, which was a relief. The Floyd Rose is manufactured in Korea, but its quality, feel and stability are great. EMG pickups did not have the best tone or resale value.