Conclusion: addition to my last comment. turns out i forgot to turn mids up on my amp. not muddy at all now, and all tunes are very defined. also, i raised the action, no more string buzz. so...i change everything to 10's across the board. cuz my only problems were the mud, and the buzz - now that theyre gone, its perfect.
Conclusion: I've been playing for about 6 years, played many (and I mean -MANY-) high-end guitars, so I know quality when I see and feel it. I spent many hours trying to find a guitar that would suit my style and tone preference, and at around $300 it's almost impossible to even find a guitar with a set neck, let alone an ebony fretboard and 2-piece neck.