Springfield Guitar Company contracts with Samick to produce guitars similar to the Epiphone line as well as other guitar companies. There line is the same as the Epiphones, only they don't offer the full range of finishes. I've played a lot of Epiphones, and own several, even a 1966 model to a 1999 model. The SGC line is probable the best value around. The cost was $250.00 cheaper than than what anyone else sells the JP for and it played better also. Yes, I'd buy another one, and I'll definitely buy the EHB-700 model (similiar to the Epi Sheraton).
Check out their website: http://www.springfieldguitars.com/
Model Year: 2000
Price: $400.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Springfield Guitar Company
It has a set Maple Neck, Rosewood Fretboard with block inlay. The wood is very nice with the Spruce top and Tiger Maple Back. The finish is a Tobacco Sunburst, and very high quality at that. There is inlay and binding all around the headstock, neck and body. It has a custom pearl inlay head stock that adds to the classic lines of the guitar. The two Humbucking Pickups are better than what Epiphone puts on the Dot. 2 Volume, 2 Tone, and 3 way switch. Comes with gold hardware, the same as on the Epiphone Joe Pass.
Absolutely the best playing guitar I've played in a very long time. Straight off the wall the box was brillant, smooth and fast. The neck was excellent and the intonation was great. I replaced the strings with flat wounds and lowered the action to my preference. No buzz, no uneven frets.
Plays better than the Washburn Montgomery, Ibanez, and even the Gibson L-5, I've played. It was as good as the Gibson Super 400 my old jazz teacher plays.
I alway play hollowbodies first without an amp. That way I can hear the volume of the body. I was pleased with way the box sounded. Clear tones, deep bass and full warm tones. Plugging it in, brought out the richness of the sounds. The pickups were better than I had expected. The sustain was long and round. The brightness carries through the full range of the neck without muddying on the lower frets, or clipping on the uppper. It has the jazz/blues sound that hollowbodies are noted for.
I don't think there is a problem with durabilty. It's very well made, better than some of the Epiphone's made at the same factory. Plus there's the lifetime warranty just like there is with the Epiphones.