Surprisingly good value for money
GauLo on 2020/10/15
Got the guitar as a last-minute replacement for session recording and now as a home practice and alternative tuning backup, and ended up with a surprisingly performant instrument, especially for this price.
The guitar is well built, frets are well placed and even though it's a 4 bolt neck it appears to be very firm and stable. Electronics are ok and for what concerns my instrument I had no intonation issues. For a price tag of 850 €, the guitar comes with Fishman Fluence active pickups, with 2 voicings and a push pull single coil split, fanned frets with multiscale fretboard, locking tuners and a very enjoyable choice of woods and color too. The macassar ebony fret is quite beautiful and the poplar burl top too. Matching headstock is a plus. A plastic black biding goes around the top and there are no paint failures or sharp surfaces around the neck, body and fretboard.
Obviously some details let the price range of the instrument reveal itself, mainly in the wood sorting since the instrument is quite heavy, a couple of tuners are not extremely precise (but once in the place stay and keep the note without any issue) and the matte finish is quite rough but for an instrument aiming to heavy genres this is not a bad thing.
Wood choice is a classic for the genre and results is a good mid-range punch and very sharp sound; of course most of the job is done by the EXCELLENT pickups (that were the reason i chose this guitar). Clean sounds are surprisingly interesting too.
Another good thing is that the "vertical" point in the fanned fretboard comes around the 9th fret, which is in my opinion an extremely comfortable choice, neck is quite thin and it is a pretty "fast" guitar.
I think the factory strings gauge is too thin in the lower part, i immediately replaced them with a mixed 0.09 - 0.80 set that eliminates the buzz issue of too loose strings and allows downtuning, easily up to open D. The low 8th string saddle in the nut was not large enough and required a minimum adjustment. No intonation issues with the change at all.
- fanned fretboard
- locking tuners
- overall build quality
- factory string gauge is too thin on the lower strings
- no gigbag or case included
- quite heavy
Considering this guitar costs less than 1/4 than many competitors and my alternative one, it is WAY closer in terms of quality and performance than what I would have expected and could easily be the main choice of most players. Without the name on it and the price tag, it would be easy to think it's a 2K+ instrument.