Very nice instrument.
By: Ken from Central, FL, USA
What is your overall opinion of this product?
So far this guitar is pretty much what I had hoped it would be. I have been looking for a good semi-hollow body and this fits the bill nicely. Now let it be understood I grade everything on a curve so to speak. It has to be completely mindblowing for me to give it a 5. so take that into consideration while reading this. I've been playing +30 years and own/have owned a flock of guitars from a lot of different manufactures and made in a lot of different countries. I'll say one thing the Koreans have been making some pretty impressive instruments for several years, and I think this is one
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
The quality is good, I've only had it for less than a month so long term, who knows. Gold hardware has a tendency to look not so good after a few years especially with my body PH. Other than that the only thing I noted is when I went to unscrew the strap button on the bottom the screw in stud came out with it. Nothing that a small drop of instant adhesive and a return of the stud back into the body of the guitar didn't cure.
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Gretsch guitars have a different control system than a Fender or Gibson, not bad just different. Everything feels good, the neck is comfortable. The upper notes are not easy to reach but that's not why I bought this guitar. It's not a metal machine, it's all about tone.
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
Now here's where this guitar really shines...the term "Voice of an Angel" is what comes to mind. My live rig is a Peavey Rockmaster (all tube 3 chnl pre) a TC Electronics G-Major, rack mount VHT 50/50 (all tube) through a Vintage 30 Marshall slant top 4X12 and the clean sound of this guitar is just beautiful. Add a touch of reverb and/or chorus and it shines. Crank up the gain a bit and nice full sounding chords and partials, nice and chimey. At full bore just make sure you're not right in front of the cabinet cause you'll find out about the feedback of a semi-hollow. I played it through my modified Carvin BelAir and again it sounded really good as well as through the 64 Fender Bandmaster, just sweet sounds all around.
How did the stain or paint job look?
The poly finish is good, I'd prefer lacquer but that's another discussion. The white with the white binding is nice, I'm thinking a black binding would have been more dynamic but it's purely a personal choice and I'm happy with the look.
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
I own (which is for sale) another semi-hollow which I paid around six bills for and it's an OK guitar but for four more bills I got a really nice guitar (yea I shouldn't have tried to go the less expensive route the first time, but hey) so I'd say from what I've seen and played this it a reasonable deal.
How was the action out of the box?
First of all there's nothing like a new guitar to get the juices flowing, am I right? The action out of the box was set higher than I like, but rarely have I found a guitar with a solid bridge (Gibson type) that I've been happy with right out of the box. So, I loosened the strings, got out my phillips and tweeked the action down and lowered the pups a bit, winner, winner chicken dinner. I'm sure I'll make another tweek or two, the nut height could use a touch with the fret files but I'll wait until I get ready to change the strings the first time