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A little background on my setup. I have a dream rig consisting of a JTV-59, DT-25 combo amp, and POD HD500. I really like this setup and can dial in any number of usable sounds for our cover band, but I really miss a tremolo system. The JTV-89F seemed to be a perfect solution. I ordered one from the Dent n Scratch deals at Sweetwater and received a new JTV-89F on Friday. For the most part I really like the guitar. The neck is easy to play. It has a quality Floyd Rose, and I like the sound of the mag pickups. I can say for certain that the GraphTech Ghost piezo produces a fuller, wider sound; especially for the acoustic models. My only real gripe is palm muting when playing with distortion. The ghost piezo system seems to be much more sensitive than the one on my JTV-59. It picks up the mechanical noise of the pick scraping the low E string much more. I can hear the same high frequency sound on my JTV59, but the 89F is much louder. I can dial out some of this sound by adjusting the pick orientation to the strings and moving my hand further back. This high frequency mechanical noise is completely gone when using the mag pickups. My question is, how many of the JTV-89F owners are experiencing this? I also noticed a lot more digital noise when using any distortion sound with the modeling on the JTV-89F. It just seems to be picking up a lot more incidental contact with the body and knobs of the guitar. It's not noticeable when playing, but it's there when the guitar is quite. Again my JTV-59 does not exhibit this nearly as much. Of course I can use a noise gate to cut this out completely. Thank in advance for your input. ice9mike