Great guitar for the price
By: John Smith from New York
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
I work in a guitar shop as a tech. When I first saw this guitar, I didn't realize it was a new line at a lower price point. They look very nice. Aside from "Indonesia" being stamped on the back of the headstock, you'd be hard pressed to tell this guitar apart from a typical G&L in terms of quality. It's put together very well.
How has it stood up over time?
I can't really say anything about reliability since I've only played this guitar in a store for ~10 minutes.
Your general opinion of this product.
Overall, I would recommend this guitar. I think it's a great guitar for the price. It plays and feels very nice. I just wish it had a least one single coil pickup instead of two humbuckers. It's a little weird, to me, having two humbuckers on a Tele type of guitar.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
It plays and feels VERY nice. The guitar is super light, especially compared to a Fender Tele. The body shape is amazing. Great Telecaster shape, but with a tummy cut and possibly a little thinner. The neck has a great feel to it, not unlike a Telecaster.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
The overall tone is good. The tone isn't muddy, without it missing any low end. I'm not sure what kind of pickups are in there, but I'd describe them as generic. I'm not saying bad, not at all. They sound just fine. But no characteristic stood out to me. You will not be disappointed with them, but I can see possibly changing them out down the road to suit your taste better. I'm really just being overly critical about them. The guitar has a master volume and master tone knob. The tone knob is a push/pull that splits the coils of both pickups. It would have been nice to have two push/pulls so you could split one pickup without having to split the other, but maybe that's just a preference thing. I'm not a fan of splitting humbuckers anyway. They never end up sounding like true single coils, so I find it worthless.
How did the stain or paint job look?
This finish is very nice. A nice looking flame top with translucent black or red. I'm not a huge fan of either color for a guitar, but they definitely do look nice. There's also some nice white binding on the body that really pops. It's too bad you can't see it in the generic stock photo.
How was the action out of the box?
The guitar is set up pretty well out of the box. I played one that literally just arrived at the store and hadn't been hung up on the wall yet. Maybe it could've used some minor adjustments, but it felt right playing it.