Really no negatives to this guitar other than the price. Buy this guitar, and I can't imagine you'd ever need another. The comanche has it all. If CBS had never bought fender and Leo had kept the company, the comanche would be all the rage among muscians. Instead, it's just our little secret. A little secret with giant tone.
Model Year: 2005
Price: $2000.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Local music store
I picked the comanche up in a local music store the other day and was blow away. The range of this guitar is stunning: it can sound like a vintage stratocaster, almost like a telecaster, and with the right adjustments nearly like a les paul. This is the most versitle guitar I have ever played; nothing else even comes close.
Comanches are American made, with a body similar to a strat. There's your standard two tone and one volume switch with an added mini-toggle that enables two extra pick up combinations: neck plus bridge and all three pick ups combined. The neck plus bridge selection sounded very much like a tele while all three pick ups together produced a sound akin to a les paul. That's what made this the most versatile guitar I've ever played (beat the pants off of the S-1 switching system in American Deluxe guitars).
The pick ups are z-coils, which are very quiet but goofy looking. So if you're into ascetics, maybe not the guitar for you. The finish, however, was beautiful, a honeyburst, one of the best I've seen.
After I tuned the comanche and played for a few minutes, I started playing with the trem. The guitar stayed in tune better than any I've played.
In short: the comanche felt and played like a custom built guitar with only top quality parts at a lower cost.
Played great. Beautiful neck with no flaws I could find.
This is the real deal. Play this side by side with any american made fender, and it's no contest. The shear sonic range of the comanche is unbelievable.
Seemed sturdy enough. I've played hundreds of electrics and one thing I've noticed about many american and foreign made fenders is that they feel almost brittle, like they'd break into pieces if dropped. Did not feel that with the comanche.
Then again, I didn't buy this guitar (I don't have the money or I would) so I can't speak to the long turn durability.
I chose this guitar because I thought it could give me the best sound for the styles of music that i play. If my guitar was stolen I would deffinately buy another one. My favorite aspect of this guitar is the neck.
Model Year: 2004
The comanche is made in the U.S. The body is swamp - ash and the neck is hard rock maple. Its a six string guitar. There is one volume knob and two tone knobs. Their are three G&L Magnetic Field Design Z-coil pickups and the tuners are locking.
The neck on the comanche is very fast. I like this guitar a lot, but a Gibson Les Paul is slightly better. There are no flaws that i have noticed.
The comanche works well with just about any amp. I play it mostly with my Crate amp. I usually use distortion and a Jimi Hendrix wah -wah. I've played classic rock and blues with this guitar. This is the best guitar i've played for blues, but a les paul is little better for classic rock.
The comanche is a very reliable guitar. I have never had any problems with it. When you're not playing it the guitar needs to be in a humidified room.