I've been reading the thread about buying before trying, and I have to admit that I have done even worse. Buying and not trying. Suppose you have more than one piece of gear arrive in a week. Other than checking for physical damage, I may put one guitar aside, and just play the other. After two years, a Gretsch Falcon has still not been plugged in and checked out. With a manufacturer's lifetime guarantee, there is no need to check out the electronics. Also, big box hollowbody guitars don't excite me at the moment. So many guitars, so little time. All time record for never plugging in a piece of equipment is 20 years: a Sansamp preamp still sits in its original box. At least six sets of pickups have never seen the tip of a soldering iron. Mea culpa.