The only way this guitar could be better is to have been equipped with better pick ups and been made in the good ol' USA. I took my time with the purchase of my instrument and played several other brands. I had it narrowed down to Epi LP and this one. I chose this foor the weight and comfort factor. The Epi was alot heavier and the neck was fatter. The price was better on this too. I also liked the Epi Delray. So it wasnt just a spur of the moment buy. I really put some effoet into it.
If my guitar is stolen or gotten damaged in any way, I would buy another in a heartbeat. Maybe an American model this time though!
Model Year: 1999
Price: $400.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
This guitar was purchased by me in 1999. It was manufactured in Korea. It has a mahogany body and a flamed maple top. The top is a very beautiful cherry sunburst. It has 22 frets on a rosewood fingerboard and is equipped with 2 Duncan Designed humbuckers. There are three volume knobs and a selector switch for pick up positionand a tune O matic bridge.
This guitar is very easy to keep in tune. The action is extremely easy to adjust to personal taste. Mine is nice and low and comfortable. The neck is quite fast and also very comfortable. Not too thick and bulky. I have relatively small hands and this neck is very comfortable for me. I have a Father-in-law who owns a Gretsch Duo-jet, and a Fender Am. Std. Strat. I have played both on numerous occasisons and I feel my guitar is easier and feels better to play. I guess maybe because it's mine but I liked it better.
I run my guitar through a Fender Hotrod Deville 212 and a Tech21 Comptortion distortion/compressor mainly. I also use some chorus or a phaser once in awhile. I use a DOD tech4 occassionally and I can get any tone I am looking for. I play a varied style of music. From metal, classic rock and alternative, to the nice boogie of the blues and some surf style oldies. This guitar doesnt miss a beat. The only mod I have even thought about would be to replace the pick ups with some a little hotter. For now though it is just fine. It gives a nice full bodied tone for anything I want to play.
I have been playing with friends. I am not in a gigging band, but I do take my guitar all over the place. It has held up to any abuse I may have given it. The only problem I have had is the input jack. It seemed to be very noisy when the cable was moved. I just had it looked at. I believe it was just a bad connection inside.
Problem solved. I have not had to replace anything on it thus far. And I cant foresee having annything go out on me any time soon.