FUN, SOUNDS GREAT, AND IS WELL WORTH THE $
By: Ken from San Francisco, CA, USA
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Time will tell. But for right now, considering that this is a low-budget instrument, it's excellent. Solid and well-built. Everything looks as it should - No shoddy craftsmanship that slipped through inspection. The bridge and truss rod work as they should. (Actually, the screws to adjust intonation are a little hard to get to; you need a small screwdriver). The tuners are stable.
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
1 It's short scale. 2 Has a single pick-up right at the neck, which gives it its particular sound. 3 Pick-up has adjustable poles. 4 A bridge that lets you change strings easily by just dropping them in without having to thread them through small holes (great if you're always experimenting with different sets of strings)
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
Tonal range seems a little limited with not a whole lot of nuance, but what it lacks in versatility it makes up for in power and spirit. What it does it does great. I don't play professionally so maybe my standards are different. Very consistent tone from one string to the next. Mine has a rough almost over-driven sound at the low end of the fretboard, and a more buttery tone around the 12th fret and above. Also, sounds best to me when I finger pick right above the pickup or even a little further into the fretboard. Closer to the bridge it sounds a little hollow.
How did the stain or paint job look?
Well-done. The tint is a satisfying color: Deep red and clear enough to highlight the wood grain. No drips or cloudy areas or unfinished spots, etc. Mine is B-Stock (great AMS deal) but except for the stamp that says so I probably wouldn't know it