Beautiful, ..but will need some work to be a "Jem"
By: Brent Stanfield from Valencia, CA
Your general opinion of this product.
Beautiful red finish. Finish is flawless. Pickups are surprising good for stock. Very versatile sounds. Good sounds from clean to heavy overdrive. Frets need beveling to 35º. Almost straight 90º from factory but at least they are rounded well. Frets feel like the last sanding was done up and down the neck and therefore the strings tend to drag a little when bending. Time to break out my tape, files, sandpaper, and steel wool to make them perfect. Guitar overall feels pretty heavy.
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Seems pretty good for a lower tier guitar. Things like frets mentioned above and rough phillips screw head on the cable plate. Volume and tone pots have slight drag. Volume pot knob drags on the body when trying to adjust while playing . I have a tendancy to press down slightly into the body with my pinky. Will replace both pots with higher quality.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
As mentioned above, have had no trouble getting whatever tone I want. I use every position of the 5 way selector unlike many who just go from neck to bridge only. If you ignore or opt to get an ax without that middle pickup you are really missing out on a lot of sound.
How did the stain or paint job look?
As mentioned before, finish was flawless. If I really wanted to get really picky, I would point out that you can see a little unfinished wood around the neck screws and you can see a little rough wood inside where the trem is housed. Keep in mind that the only time you will not see this is when you buy a very high end or custom shop guitar.