So as I’ve purchased my second Gretsch after test driving others and owning a more recent Players strat . I’ve also owned several Epis , but not in the last 5 years. Here are my observations…. The MIM Strat out of the box needed quite a bit of fretwork . Sharp fret ends and I needed to polish frets and intonate. Everything else was fine including pickups. Epi … I had 2 Dots and a Les Paul custom. Both needed extensive nut work and a full setup. Still could have gutted the electronics , but decided it wasn’t worth it for me. To be fair, I know they’ve gotten better since. Gretsch Electromatics … This is my second MIK Gretsch in 3 years. Like the first one , this one was flawless right out of the box . No flaws in the body, stays in tune great and after rechecking my intonation a few days after I received it, everything is great. Unlike the MIM , I feel the Gretsch is a more gig worthy instrument right out of the box . Action and relief were set great for me at 4/64 at the 12 fret with .009 of relief. Comparing the Fender and Electromatic at similar price points , I feel Gretsch AKorea does a better job at the finished product and it isn’t even close. JMO.