I looked at several other guitars. The Yamaha Steel String Silent Guitar, The Steel String Soloette... of all these guitars, this is the most versitile. It folds down nicely for travel assembles quickly, plays well...
I don't know of any way that I could improve this guitar.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $745.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Stewart Guitar
This is a US made guitar. The body is made of alder and the neck is made of maple. There are 22 frets and 6 strings.
There is a 3 way selector and 2 knobs, a dual function volume knob and a dual function tone knob. If you pull out the volume knob it activates the tuner that is built into the upper horn. If you pull out the tone knob, it acts as a coil tap. The coolest thing is that when set properly the coil tap (from single to double coil) it acts as a 4db boost.
This guitar can be ordered S/S/S or H/H. My model is HH. With the exception of the tuner, the electronics are passive.
The pickups are Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates. The finish is a 1A flamed top that is a cherry burst to black. The guitar is a double curaway and string thru body with Grover locking tuners.
The action on this guitar is immaculate. The neck is one of the best that I've ever played. It feels like the neck on my Godin and a little thinner than the neck on my strat.
There are no visible flaws or imperfections in this guitar.
I use this guitar with a Tech21 Trademark60. I also use it with a Yamaha DG-Stomp direct thru a PA.
The Pearly Gates produce very clear cleans and they growl very well too. I can play anything from Jazz to punk with these.
My primary concern revolved around the neck of this guitar. It's removeable. The design is genious. It is very stable. I have never had to adjust the guitar or the intomation.
Since the neck is removeable, there is never any flexing due to climate changes. I don't forsee any changes being made to the truss rod anytime in the future.