Great gain, great , if a little sterile, sound and easy to live with. I would try and match it or something near to it if it was lost or stolen and better than some I tried at twice the price (not saying who I might get sued!)
Model Year: 1997
Price: $500.00 (new)
Where Obtained: music store
This is a korean made guitar which is up to the, now excellent standards we have come to expect from that part of the globe. It has a rather thin neck which can be awkward if like me you have large hands (XXL actually ladies!) but the fretboard is smooth and fast (for my level of playing at any rate).The sound can be a little sterile, which again we tend to expect from Korea, but this is fine if you are using one of the modern digital amps such as a line 6. Like I said earlier it is a lot lighter than the likes of a Les Paul due to the round front/back shape without losing any of the sustain. I think a change of pickups for something like Seymore Duncan (on the ' to do' list!) would make this the perfect axe for the intermediate player.
Like I said this is really an intermediate guitar and the action is set to suit although after a good fret stone and some adjustments (not as hard as it sounds) it becomes very fast. The playing feels somewhere between a les Paul and a GS but not as fast or as light as the GS. I play maily folk or rythm so it may not be for all you virtuoso's out there but worth a try. I have had mine for 5 years which is a record for me!The only flaws I have found is the quality of some of the fittings like for example the jack which looks robust but came adrift after a few months otherwise the finish is good
I first used the guitar with a Messa Boogie studio 22+ but that went bang so I got myself a line 6 AX212 and we havnt looked back! No noise and the only mod will be new pickups when I can get my backside into gear!
I havnt broken it yet which is another recommendation as I tend to break most things. Change the jack socket for a good one or a locking one and get a fret stone and neck adjust (or do it yourself as I did) and you wont go wrong