OK, I just inherited a couple of guitars. A 2010 LP Traditional that has, apparently, never been "professionally" set up (as far as I know). Got them from my late cousin, who was not a proficient guitar player, he just had too much $$ to spend. He had these guitars for years, and they just sat in the cases. Same for the 2008 American Deluxe Strat. It still had the plastic cover on the pick guard.
I find that when I play, and I have a tendency to fret hard, i.e. I bottom the strings out against the fret board, this results in notes being a bit sharp to my ears. I have owned many guitars, but never one of the "quality" of a genuine Gibby or Strat, so I am not sure if this is normal or not. I find that with these guitars, I can not play "sloppy" so much because I can hear it much clearer now. I have to use a much lighter touch than I am accustomed to using.
So, should I go have somebody work on them? Lower the frets a bit, or is this a characteristic of a guitar of this quality?