Not As Great As I Hoped
By: RMichaels from Suisun City, CA, USA
What is your overall opinion of this product?
When I received my new LGB-30, I was very excited but quickly became disappointed. I realize it is the "entry level" model to the George Benson line, but I expected a little more for a $1000. I was very hesitant about purchasing a guitar made in China because I have not heard favorable things, but I did succumb to the Ibanez reputation.
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
Overall quality seems to be decent. I have only owned the guitar for a week, so I really cannot comment at this time.
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Once the proper adjustments were made, the guitar plays beautifully.
How did the stain or paint job look?
The most impressive thing about this guitar, is the finish. Looks to be very high quality.
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
I think the value of this guitar is fair, not great. The ebony fretboard and bone nut are things you do not often see on guitars at this price point.
How was the action out of the box?
The action out of the box was not to my liking. After playing it for a few minutes, I noticed considerable fret buzz at the 7th fret and it fretted out at the 15th fret.
Further investigation led me to find that 3 frets were not seated properly and were loose. As with any production guitar, I expected to do a set up, maybe crown the frets.
On this particular guitar, I spent an additional $200 to re-seat all the frets before any crowning could be done. Also, the slope at neck joint needed correcting.
I believe the strings that come on the guitar are D'Addario 10's Flat wound.
After $200 of corrections and a set of Thomastik-Infeld 12's, the guitar is playing beautifully.