Submitted March 6, 2014 by Joe Miller in St.Louis, MO
"Nice look, but has issues."
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FINISH: is excellent. Very nice with not flaws. Can't complain. ELECTRONICS: The pickups are VERY noisy, and I doubt if they are actually humbuckers. They may be single coils that are wide, and the manufacturer wants to pass them as humbuckers? Don't know. At any rate, allot of 'single coil' 60 Hz hum here. The 2 volume 1 tone knobs are nice. The tone control is a well configured linear POT that gives a smooth roll off on the tone. BRIDGE: This is an archtop bridge designed for this type of guitar, so it will naturally be inferior to more modern bridges. With that said, if you get it set up right, the intonation and action is perfect. TUNERS: Not top of the line, but not cheap either. They work well and hold the strings tight. HEADSTOCK: Nicely finished. Good angle from the nut. NECK and FINGERBOARD: The neck is nice and strait but the frets all need work. They are all so sharp on the sides, that I cut myself when I was zooming up the neck. Maybe this was like this because it was shipped when it was 4 degrees below zero and sat in a Fed-x truck for 3 days? So, it may not be the guitar manufacturer, it may have been the weather. SUMMARY: Because of the VERY noisy pickups and the poor condition of the frets, I decided to return this guitar. If the PU's and neck were at least "average", I would have kept it... but I couldn't deal with the PU noise, and I wasn't going to take the instrument into the shop to have a $100 fret dressing done.
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