I played Tacomas, Martins, Breedloves, Seagulls, Ovations, Honhers, Fenders, Johnsons, and everthing else they had in the shop. Most were far more expensive than the guitar I could afford. Of the price peers, this one stood well above others for craftsmanship and quality of sound. I recommend this guitar to everyone, and experienced players tend to strum it a few times, then turn it over in thier hands and say, "Damn, this thing sounds great!"
It may just be me, but when everything is considered, I don't think there is a better deal on the market.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $179.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Larry's Music, (Grants Pass, Or)
Korean made, solid spruce top, trussed neck, sealed Grover tuners. Black with MoP style inlay on fretboard, body, and headstock. 22 medium jumbo frets, plastic nut and saddle.
This guitar has a "C" shaped neck, painted black with high gloss enamle style paint. The action was quite high when first purchased. On my second set of strings I removed the saddle, (slides out, no glue or mechanisms), and removed 2 shim made from the same material as the saddle. This lowered the action to a playable level without reducing sound. Per the shop tech, 3 shims are standard equipment with this guitar. Excellent player for this beginner.
This was my first guitar and as such, took me through covers of Eagles, Tom Petty, Heart, Joe Walsh, you name it. I would have to say that I could not have purchased a better guitar for $179.00. The tones are well rounded, bold low end and bright treble tones. I do not play professionally, but from what I have heard thus far, this guitar would not embarrass anyone.
Holds tune very well. I'm using D'Addario EXP strings and change them about every two weeks, (50 hours of play). Tempurature effects tuning, but consistently on all strings. Intonation has remained perfect with 12's. After 6 months of play, no adjustments have to be made. The only complaint I have is there is no pick guard, and the finish is getting fine scratches. I have bumped it around quite a bit, and it still looks great, no dents or damage.