QC's unpredictable, especially on sale stuff for some mysterious reason. Sometimes fine, sometimes not. Most buyers can't tell the difference anyway. [shrug]
I'm not personally a fan of the current post-'08 American Standards. I just don't like the "new" features, with the exception of the latest pickup change. I'm also not crazy about the remaining Hello colors.
You won't progress musically until you stop thinking like a musician and start thinking like a producer.