I chose this guitar because it was dirt cheap, and the store model I checked out looked and felt substantial - like it could withstand hard use. Heck, mine didn't even make it out of the factory in working order. I prayed every night that this guitar would be stolen; but then I'd have felt sorry for the thief. This guitar was very poorly asembled, apparently inspected by Helen Keller, and not backed up by the factory. In short, I grudgingly give this model a "1", but only because there are no zeroes. . .
Model Year: 2001
Price: $39.00 (new)
Where Obtained: www.uBid.com - Internet Auction
This puppy was made in Korea, and if I ever visit there, I'm kicking some serious booty at the factory. The OG200 is a full-size dreadnought (no cutaway) w/ chrome tuners, natural semi-satin finish, select spruce top, mahogany back & sides, standard X-bracing, a nato neck, a snorkelin fingerboard, and a cursed, bolt-on mahogany neck. It was very poorly constructed, and the worst guitar I've ever had the misfortune to own.
The bolt-on neck, combined w/ poor workmanship on the bridge made this a very bad investment, even at $39 (new). The bridge was lifting when I received it, and the local repair rep wouldn't cover it under warranty - even though I'd only had it for three days. It was impossbile to set low action, mostly due to the neck joint being poorly fitted at the factory. The fingerboard was nice, but the action was unacceptable. This model was no fun to play, period.
This is a substantial guitar, in terms of weight. So it feels like it should sound rich and full. NOT!!!! Mine was very lacking in brightness, but the low end was just low, not deep or rich. In short, it sounded dead. In comparison, Oscar DeLaHoya's, er Schmidt's comparably priced, but lighter and brighter, OG240 has a much better tone. I've had eleven guitars so far, with a couple of real dogs when I started out. This was easily the worst of all.
The Junkman Cometh. . . It's too bad that Redd Foxx died. Oscar the Grouch, er Schmidt could employ Fred Sanford as their celebrity endorser/spokesman for this model.
I was under no illusions when I bought this guitar. It was intended for strictly schlepping around and being disrespected. But I never got a chnace to do that. The neck was misaligned and the bridge was already pulling up when I opened the box. The warranty proved useless, so I almost never touched it. It was too crappy to sell to anyone (at least, not if I wanted to sleep at night). So I gave it away after less than 3 months _ and I still feel bad for the poor slob I stuck with it. . . The bridge is almost halfway off of the body now, and the action is rancid.