I choose this guitar because it is very close to the L-5, except I could afford this one.
I would miss this guitar and buy another if it was lost or stolen.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $650.00 (new)
Where Obtained: A little music store in Evanston, Wyoming
This is one of Samicks upper end models. Samick is located in Korea and manufactures 60 to 80 percent of all import guitars sold in the U.S. including Epiphone.
This is the Artist series L-5 copy. A big ol' fat hollow body guitar. This guitar is finished in Maple with gold trim. Ivory type binding including bound F holes. A neck and a bridge humbucker, 3 position switch, each pickup has it's own volume and tone pots. It has a trapeze type bridge.
A late friend of mine owned a L-5 Gibson. I have always admired it but could never afford the 4 or 5,000 dollars to own one. I discovered this samick copy at a music store in Wyoming. It looked great, I thought about it for a few days then bought it. It plays great, I don't want you to think that it is a good as the Gibson, but I'm happy. I was easily able to adjust the action right where I wanted it. No Buzz. The electronics are plenty good enough for my style of playing. The selector switch fell into the body one time. I fished it out and tightened the heck out of it, no more problems. For bangin' out jazz or western swing it's great.I havn't found any flaws. All things considered I am happy with this guitar.
I play this and all of my guitars through a Johnson J-Station with a clean peavey amp. I use all of my equipment for live performing, (that's all I do) This guitar holds up well for these performances. It really sounds alot like an L-5. It has good tonal qualities even when distorted. (Note: Being a wide hollow body electric, it doesn't handle loud amplification well without sqealing it's butt off.)This guitar doesn't hum.
This guitar is pretty tough, I adjusted the truss rod one time after moving the guitar from the mojave dessert to central arkansas, can't blame the guitar for that. I opened the case once and the selector switch had fell into the body. I fished it out and tightened it down good, I havn't had a problem since.