Bought it off the wall from Guitar Center a couple years ago, liked the way it played, felt, sounded, seemed like it was a good match for me. The day I bought it I took it home and did my own crappy "set-up". I've been using it over the last 2 years almost solely on all my gigs and in practice. I've only played D'Addario 12's and 11's (both flat wound) since purchasing the instrument. Went to Hawaii for 3 weeks and had a local tech who has great reviews do a legit set up on the instrument since I wouldn't be needing it while on vacation. When picking the guitar up he recommended that I not put anything more than 10's on the guitar for two reasons: 1. The truss rod can't be adjusted any further 2. Wood grain in the neck goes at a 45 degree angle vs. perpendicular to the direction of the strings pull pressure.
Played the guitar on two gigs this weekend and it played way easier than ever before since the action was significantly lower but I definitely don't dig the 10's.
I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to technicalities with gear, but I'm having a hard time believing this. The technician builds tons of solid body elec guitars from scratch every year so I have to assume he knows his stuff but it almost sounds like buying a sports car to find out you shouldn't put a decent set of tires on it.
If the tech is right, I guess I'll just play it with heavier strings till problem occurs then find another axe..Moffa perhaps
thnx for feedback