In conclusion, its a good guitar for playing for yourself and smaller gigs. OK, its not a professional guitar, but for the price you get a decent one.
Price: $150.00 DM 300
Where Obtained: I bought it from a friend
I could't see from where it was manufactored, I guess its from Korea (model number: C214304). I think it could be a maple neck and a similar wood type for the body.
Its a typical Strat Copy and has all the classical stuff, like three single coil pickups, a copy of a standard fender tremolo and 22 frets. The color and shape is also classical (brown fades to black). A fellow musician incorporated a mini humbucker in bridge position for overdrive crisp lead sound.
In my opinion the guitar plays very well and has also a good fender like sound. The neck is way too flat and sometimes i have to try harder playing some riffs i like. I play a lot of SRV like stuff and my playing is very hard and i often have to be nasty to the guitar :). I tried a amierican fender and one can feel the difference, the Hohner plays more like a squier but a real fender is too expensive, so this beauty does the job too.
I must admit, the wood sounds very good, don't know whether Hohner always uses the same wood. If played without amplification, it has a rich natural sound and volume. When plugged into my St.Petersburg or Marhall it has a really good SRV like sound and I like it. Its maybe the reason I haven't bought a new guitar so far.
I think the Hohner is good for smaller gigs, because of the fact, that it sometimes gets out of tune (B and E strings) and a have to apply special oily fluid on every metal item to prevent it from getting out of tune too much. This works very well. Try this, it works good too decrease the tension between strings and the reast of the metal parts. During climat changes the guitar is a little bit sensible but it regenarates to its earlier state without problem.
I basically chose this guitar because I didn't have a clue about guitar playing. I just wanted an electric guitar, and picked up one of the store's cheapest ones. Now I'm regreting... Well, is not that bad. If you rewire it, buy new pickups and adjust the action to your requirements, you could like it. Too bad I don't have money to perform those changes (donations are always welcome). If you see the body and neck, you may like it. I think it is a beatiful guitar, I just don't like the sound.
Price: $280.00 (new)
This is a Korean made guitar. I can't tell the woods (I sincerely don't know how to distinguish them). It has 22 frets and six strings, two tone knobs, one volume knob and a five-way toggle switchs for the pickup configuration. It has three single coil pickups, they seem to be very cheap. There's no way to find out who was the manufacturer of the pickups. This guitar has passive electronics, definitely. The tuners are non-locking ones.
The store setup for this guitar was horrible. Of course that I didn't know until I played a friend's Ibanez. The strings were too high and the neck was bended. Eventually I learned how to remedy that. Now I got what I think is the best possible setup for my axe. But it's bad, anyway. The neck it totally flat, so it lets you play fairly well. If you like to strum chords or play slow blues licks, this guitar is totally cool. But when you try to emulate Satch, things get creppy.
The amp that I normally use is a Hohner. It sounds like s---. I tried it with a Crate and a Marshall, but it still sounded bad. The only way I could make it sound decent was buying a Zoom 505 II and plugging it directly to a stereo amp (Aiwa). That way you get a great sound palette. My favorite sound is achieved combining the middle and bridge pickups and rolling down the mid tone knob. However, if I had to compare my guitar's sound with that of a cheap Ibanez or Yamaha, I'd cry. It's really awful.
With a set of .009 strings, the tuning remains steady. I only have to remember not to use tne tremolo bar, ever. It makes things terrible. I have adjusted the actions and intonation just ones, and fortunately it hasn't needed another adjust.