So this is for all the folks who posted on my thread, initially reviewing the 2016 Firebird I got last weekend. And, for those who might be contemplating acquiring one. This is a small retraction / clarification / change of heart? That review was out of the box, tune it and play it. Since then, I cleaned and rejuvenated the neck, restrung with DR Veritas 9's (it had 10's) - I tried the stop tailpiece overwrap, adjusted action, truss and intonation. Swapped the black knobs for the 1963 gold types. Hit it with some Stew Mac Preservation Polish. Reset the pickup height. All my review still stands on the balance, playablity, tuning exactness and IMHO, coolness vibe this exudes. The retraction: the stock pickups are really very good. I would say like a great classic set of Dimarzio Dual-sound pickups. The original problem was the strings (the 10's were Gibson and could have been original) and the pickup height was too high. Lowering until it treated the front end of the amp right, did the trick. So stock, I'd say Gibson was gunning for 'articulate' and nailed it. Set up right and in the Twin or Plexi modes, it was very easy to get tones from the Cars, Foreigner, Black Sabbath (when Tommi used P-90 type pups), etc. Edgy clean, tight and crunchy. I dialed a hair of treble from my usual settings to help. For someone who gravitates to classic rock / Texas blues (ala: Johnny Winter), you'll have a difficult time getting the feel and tone with the stock pups. A good balanced set with proper magnet calibration, yields a more bouncy & open sound. So, I am still going to wind a new set for it over the next few days. FYI: the overwrap. The downside to neck-thru guitars (i.e.: neck and body are one continuous piece), is it is harder for the manufacturer to quickly get the neck angles perfect in production, compared to bolt on and glued in necks. This has a neck angle and fretboard height which requires a higher bridge height and creates a very sharp break-angle from the stop tailpiece, if you have the stop in the full-down position. The guitar came with the stop higher than I've ever experienced and it seemed odd. I like the full-down position and believe it helps with resonance. So, I overwrapped the strings on the stop. Results: since I am not familiar with this guitar yet, I am not sure how much each recent change contributed to the sustain and playability. I can tell you it sustains much better and the bends are way easier. PS: Tuning was quick, easy and exact. I have no idea why this concept did not erupt and why Steinberger ceased production. It is basically a 3/8 bolt with a thumb screw end and a string hole in the other end. The bolt goes through a threaded ferrule, then gets capped with a 'T' nut that locks the string. To change a string, fully loosen the bolt so it protrudes out of the top face of the headstock, loosen the T nut, swap strings, pull the string tight and lock the 'T' nut and tighten the bolt via the thumb screw until tuned. If I was in a hurry, I'd say I could do 40 seconds a string.