I agree with the idea that you should closely examine the quality of EVERY guitar before buying it, ESPECIALLY if you are buying it from somewhere like Guitar Center, and even more so if the price seems to be a bargain. When I bought the guitar I am playing now, I was in Guitar Center and they had a nice Gibson, I can't remember the series, maybe SG? I was thinking this should be a $1500 guitar and they have it on sale for $1200. So I play the thing for a while off the bridge pickup and it feels really nice and has a nice meaty tone like one would expect. So I switch to the neck pick-up and the thing is just dead, hardly makes any sound at all. So, bad pick-up, right? I tell the salesman that it has a bad pick-up and he just looks at me and in total dead-pan matter-of-fact tone says "Really? Well, you might be right." and puts it back on the wall where I found it. Caveat emptor!
Mama Mama many worlds I've come since I first left home.