Best "Bang for the Buck" instrument
By: Ed Mili from Harrisville,West Virginia, USA
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Especially at this price point.. this particular guitar is exceptionally well made with clean purfiling, bracing, very well done gloss finish on the body and vintage cream binding all around the body,fingerboard and headstock. Beautiful headstock rosewood overlay with excellent and tasteful abalone and pearl inlays. For a laminate Mahogany back and sides (which contribute less to the tone than the solid Engelmann top) and solid 3 piece mahogany neck this guitar is exceptionally well made. I think if one takes proper care of it like one should, it would last a lifetime.
Your general opinion of this product.
At this price point, I believe it would be very hard to find any guitar that can match the AC300NT for tone, build, finish,playability and quality tone woods. I have to admit it amazed me. I thought that any instrument in this price range would not be all that good. In this case, I was dead wrong. In fact this guitar has become the first one I reach for even over my Martin 000 and my Gibson L4. It's like that "favorite pair of jeans" you might have. You have better ones maybe but this one pair just seems to "fit" better than the rest. Same thing with this guitar.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
As I said earlier, the tone is very well balanced, excellent note definition and a good balance of clear low end notes and sweet midrange and very good high end with no brittleness or harshness.
How did the stain or paint job look?
I grant you, it's not a custom shop nitro-lacquer finish but it is a nicely done poly finish, not to thick and evenly applied. The satin finish on the back of the neck adds to the speed of playing.