By: Scott from Central NJ, firstname.lastname@example.org
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
A+, but I would caution that once more, you're not going to dazzle the ladies with this guitar's looks. That is not this guitar's objective. The good news: sounding amazing is.
How has it stood up over time?
It's not going to win any beauty contests. It doesn't call attention to itself with aesthetics, only it's tone. The way it ought to be frankly. It's well assembled, durable and thoughtfully detailed with some perfectly installed classic bindings. Though there were some unwelcomed factory smudges and blemishes on the guitar, 100% of them cleaned off with a good once over. Short of that, it's a finely made guitar.
Your general opinion of this product.
This guitar is assembled with the same quality found in $1,500+ USA-made Taylors, Martins and Gibsons and possesses the same tonal qualities you'd expect from these marquee brands as well.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Fast for certain. Add Elixir's 80/20 Bronze with Nanonweb Coating to your setup and get the neck where you want it and this instrument produces an array of amazingly clear, rich and temperate tones. So many guitars in this "weight class" are awfully thin and tonally inconsistent. You might get a tolerably nice high end, for instance, but a bright, piercing tone out of your bottom. The Masterbilt series, in general, and I've played them all, yields astoundingly responsive tonal character. They return dependably steady warmth no matter where on the board your fingers are resting.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
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How did the stain or paint job look?
Again, short of a few weird smears that are wll easily removed, it was fine. As expected.
How was the action out of the box?
As I mentioned, it was a lil' high for my liking. By the nut was fine and no fret issues at all. But yes, it was a little high as one moves up the neck. The nut and tail are both bone, which again at this price point is nice. A little adjustment to the neck and we're there.