I wanted a second hand SG, either Gibson or Epiphone. I tried a Sammick SG and I preferred the Greg Bennet finish, feel, and sound. My favourite aspect is that I like its sound, its look and it's weight and lets me invest in an amp rather than in a better guitar. I'll put two Seymour Duncan pickups when I feel it 'short' for my needs, so I'll somehow have a new guitar, since I'll sure be still happy with its construction. I've already changed pickups now (see above) and I'm still very happy with it, besides being signed by Chuck Loeb on its top, who was very kind to sign it after a concert in Barcelona and let me have a photo with him.
Model Year: 2002
Where Obtained: Alberdi, S.L. - Barcelona - Spain
Made in Indonesia. H/H pickups. 1 volume + 1 tone control. 3 position switch for pickups. Single cutaway. Black color. Locking Grover tuners.
It's very light in weight. Almost half a Les Paul's weight. The neck is very confortable and your fingers 'run' very well through it. Surprisingly comfortable compared to other guitars and taking into account its price.
I've used it with a Fender DSP Champion 30, a Peavey Bandit 112 and a Behringer Blue Devil and with the one I own, a Hughes & Kettner Edition Silver 50W, which sounds really clean and great. No effects apart from those in the amps, except a Boss overdrive for distortion. Very good sound and good sustain despite being bolt on. It isn't noisy at all. I've recently changed pickups for 2 Seymour Duncans, '59 in the neck and JB in the bridge and now it sounds really really superb to my taste.
Comfortable for playing during hours, due to its light weight. Needs to be tuned every session (almost half a tone) but tuning mantains during the session since it has locking Grover tuners, so I think it's due to climate changes. I use a strap with security locks, very useful.
When i bought this guitar i was looking at getting a crap SX strat copy but i saw this one and got it cause i admired the les paul style. If the guitar was lost or stolen i probably would buy it again because it is such good value for the money. My fave aspect of the guitar is its tone, for such a cheap guitar it has a killer tone, and its electronics are probably the worst aspect even though they aren't too bad.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $299.00 AU (new)
Where Obtained: World of Music Australia
The Avion is made in Indonesia, it has an alder body with rosewood fingerboard, 22 medium sized frets, 6 string, 1 volume and 1 tone control, 2 budget factory made H/H pickups, passive electronics, single cutaway, Les Paul style bridge, Grover tuners.
The finish on the back of the neck can get a bit sticky when your hands are sweaty, but this is easily fixed with polish. For the price its got a decent action but nothing compared to a Strat. The factory action setting is good because it is not too high and not too low.
I use my Avion with a Fender JAM 25 watt practice amp and a Zoom 505II pedal, and it sounds great for the price. It is a warm sounding guitar, good for almost any style i reckon bar classical. Of course it doesn't sound as good as a Strat but at least your not paying over AU$1000 for it. It is good for home playing mainly but if you've got a good amp then it should sound good.
The Avion is really not a live guitar, its for beginner-intermediate but it could probably hold up in a live situation. Ive had the guitar for about 8 months now and it has not needed any major adjustments, but ill probably have to adjust the pickups a bit, becuase i get a howling when i turn up to loud overdrive. This is caused by a loose part in the pickup, but is probably just a factory defect (nothing like good old handmade guitars!)