Overall this is an excellent guitar. I chose it because it is a versatile guitar, beautifully finished, with a great tone and an absolute steal at the price. The only gripe I have is the position of the jack for the lead-at the base of the guitar it makes it easy to damage the lead if you are not particular about putting the guitar down on a high stand. I'd happily replace it with another the same should I lose it.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $1100.00 Australian (new)
Where Obtained: Eastgate Music
Solid mahogany body, with a flame maple top
6 string, rosewood fingerboard
Controls- 2 volume controls- one tone control
2 pickups- Seymour Duncan humbucker at the bridge, and a Yamaha made Alnico at the bridge
Bridge: string thru body
Body- single cutaway, contoured
Tuners- Grover- non locking
I find this guitar a pleasure to play. The action is reasonably low and the neck profile sits well in my hand.
I have to work a little to reach the top 2 frets.
The bevel of the body projects your right hand very comfortably into a good playing posture.
I do find the placement of the jack at the base of the guitar gets in the way when playing seated.
I play it with a Fender Blues Junior amplifier, and the 2 together sound magnificent. The tone is a warm Les Paul type of tone, with excellent sustain. While it is clearly not a strat I am very happy with the sound I get from the neck pickup when I play blues, and I have barely scratched the surface of its gutsier rock based sounds that I can get using the humbucker.
This is overall a very sturdy guitar. I've had the truss rod adjusted once in the last 16 months, and have replaced the pots because of crackle.