I picked this up cheap on Reverb. The seller assured me it had been set up recently and worked great. When I got it, the action was twice as high on one side as the other, so the bass strings buzzed. The volume and tone knobs were wired backwards, so turning them down, turned them up! The pickups were low volume and muffled. I messaged the seller and he gave me a bunch of nonsense, claiming set up is a matter of preference (He prefers buzzing bass strings?) and that the pickups on that model were low output and said, "Case closed." The body is in near NOS condition, except for some light scratches on the back. Not as heavy as some of the other De Armonds I've played/owned in the past. I took it to Jonny at Guitar Center and he checked it out, did a proper set up, said the wiring was totally messed up and included duct tape in the circuit, so he completely rewired it. I had him put in the Artec FilterTron style pickups that I bought here and it's a new guitar. I love the Aristocrat body shape and with the faux Filters it's like a Guild-Gretsch (Gruild? Guetsch?) There may be some cosmetic changes coming though. I do intend to pursue making the seller pay for the repairs, as it was not "as described."