Just about the hardest guitar to rate I have ever had. The overall quality is excellent.
I won this in an NPR blues contest around 1996, it was brand new. It is still new-looking. Nice quality instrument.
It had a price tag of 830$ US on it when I won it. A pretty small tone though. I thought they were kidding about the price, but just saw one tonight (Jan '06)on e-bay for 880$. Epi only made about 500 of them, and Keb Mo' uses one on his gigs.
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: National Public Radio
Made in Korea---
Top: solid Sitka spruce---
Nut length: 24.75"---
Nut width: 1.75"---
Plays like a mid-line flat-top.
Nice neck,lots of room. The action is pretty danged high, and cramped in the upper regions of the fretboard, and I don't have large fingers.
I really cannot tell that playability-wise, it is any better than guitars commonly found in the 4-600$ range.
It had no discernable flaws though in my opinion.
It does have a medium-sized but bright tone for a small-bodied acoustic. Not quite warm enough for my tastes; however, it may be much better suited for a slide or lap-top player.
There's no buzz and I wouldn't modify it. There is just something a wee bit difficult about negotiating the neck of this particular model, that is really not offset by a particularly good tonality.
It is a true bright overall tone though.
Very reliable. This guitar stays in tune forever, compared to many others I have had over the years. Excellent hardware. Great wood quality. No apparent finicky climate-change issues.
This really is a good little guitar and I would be on the hunt for another one should this one go missing. They do not seem to be to common over here in the UK, so if you see one give it a try.
Price: $265.00 British Pounds (new)
Where Obtained: Internet
This is a straight forward small bodied acoustic guitar with mahogany neck,back and sides with a rosewood fingerboard.The top is Spruce(I think)
I always try to lower the action as far as possible on my guitars and this was a fairly straightforward job to do. The nut is 1 3/4" which is great for my fat fingers.
This is the most comfortable guitar I have played, which is mainly due to the body size and the 12 fret neck.
It really is suited to fingerstyle and especially acoustic blues. The sound is fairly tight and you can really dig in where you need to. The sound is getting better as it is getting older and I really think this guitar will be sort after in years to come.
It only gets home use, but it would seem to be a tough little acoustic.