By: jimmy from naples florida from naples, florida
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
all my les pauls have never failed. some issues with tuning on some, but not this one, keeps perfect tune, as it should, with locking trem. dependable, you bet. the only thing that could detract from it's dependability would be for me to damage it. (or someone else!)(and they better not, and i better not!)
How has it stood up over time?
will update next year at this time. have had the guitar for a while now and it's fine.
Your general opinion of this product.
AMS you rock for making this possible!!
Overall, but only for the price, this would be a straight 100% approval rate. I still gave it a max review because putting a lower rating just because of price isn't really fair to the guitar. after all the guitar doesn't price itself!
The guitar arrived in PERFECT CONDITION. like i was standing at the end of the painting booth-after the laquer had dried, someone just handed it to me. The SMELL of the guitar is an intoxicant. like new car leather, it's THAT good! (probably toxic, but good anyway!)
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
plays fast, thinner neck, controls are a bit stiff but in a way that is good because the knobs won't lose the spot when knocked around by my pete townshend windmills. THe coil tap is stiffer too when pulled up. but all in all this isn't a concern. far better to be tight than loose. I think these are the vintage, nickel strings because my fingers got black as i played it. this seems to happen with the nickle wound strings.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
sustains forever. also very resonant. the whole guitar comes together to vibrate in the perfect way, much like an acoustic. if it didn't do this, like my old thick, heavy, les pauls, i'd be concerned. remember, this ISN'T your traditional les paul. For those who have pauls, and those in need of something more contemporary, and a trem are, then, in my opinion, it's great, bright, fast and wonderful. wunderbar for the germans.
How did the stain or paint job look?
perfect in every way. I got the gun metal grey for something different. i have plenty of sunbursts with plenty of fine AA all the way to AAAAA tops. So, i was looking for something different. seems that the sunburst is never available anyway in this model. i'd recommend this one to anyone. it's really nice. hard to describe, but definitely will be a collector in the future.
How was the action out of the box?
PERFECT! Just as promised, PLECKED, and perfectly LOW. I like it low. Maybe these ship with the strings flat. but i had to loosen the locking nut, bring to pitch with the head tuners, then lock the nut then fine tune the floyd rose. The action was great either way. the neck was perfectly in tune no matter which fret i played, anywhere on the neck. amazing.