So far so good...I will update as situations arise!
Model Year: 1999
Price: $738.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician's Friend
The neck is WIDE
which is OK because I have big hands and lots of guitar necks feel small.
The fit and finish reminds me of those Epiphone, Washburn and Samick hollow-body guitars...put together decently, but not amazingly. (I believe all of these companies use the same Korean factory). Some of the inlays (especially the higher ones) are a bit crooked.
The sunburst finish and body binding looks just like the Joe Pass Epiphone I used to own.
Fretwork is even and seems fine. I am not sure what gauge stings it came with (I suspect .10's), but they seem a little stiffer because it has a 25' scale length. The neck is wide, and chords are a little strange at first. I can play cooler and more expanded voicings, so I am pleased.
The 7th string speaks well (although I have yet to plug it in, I usually practice unplugged). The sound seems balanced overall.
It is constructed something like a 335; about the same depth (but I haven't checked out the bracing and centerblock situation yet)... The hardshell case (included) seems a little "light duty", but time will tell.