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  • NXD (New Xaviere XV440 Day) and Short Review

    So when I saw GFS was having a blem sale, and I saw this LP Special wanna be w/ P90's I could not resist. I promised a couple people I would post impressions - so here goes.

    THE GOOD:

    The XV440 came doubled boxed. This was thoughtful. The overall finish was pretty good. The tuners are good quality. All the controls worked. I have heard some complaints lately about GFS hardware, but the bridge is good. I had to set the intonation and it was easy with the bridge/saddle hardware. The blems were not too pronounced (this was a "B" stock.) After adjusting the truss, and bridge it is a pretty good player. It is light - I see that as a plus. I liked the looks.

    THE BAD:

    Well there is some bad. The blems are not huge - but there are more of them then I expected. I get a string buzz on a couple strings. I don't hear this coming thru when plugged in, but it is still a little annoying. Intonation was not set - but I kind of expected that. Strings had to be replaced right away. It probably had been sitting in a warehouse for a few months. Really my biggest complaint is the PUP's. With Alnico P90's I expected if nothing else, the PUP's would be killer. Well they are not. I played the XV440 back to back with a SX GG1 Jr. I had, and I like the PUP's better on the SX. By quite a bit actually. In fact I like the neck on the SX better too. Insult to injury, the SX was cheaper.

    VERDICT:

    I just am not sure about this guy. The ergos work. I like the weight. The blems I can live with. If the PUP's had been really solid, I think I could forgive many of the other shortcomings - but they are not remarkable PUP's. The are OK - that is as much praise as I can give them. I think this is a better guitar than the Epi Les Paul Specail II - but I don't think it is better than the Epi LP Jr. (I know - 1 PUP vs. 2 - but still). Kind of comparing it to another P90 cheapie - WMS had a blowout on the Indonesian Hamer Gold Tops w/ 90's, and really, I think that is much better of a guitar. Because the blems were more than I expected, I am contacting GFS about a further discount. If I get the discount, I expect I will keep it. If not it will probably go back. Don't get me wrong, it is not an awful guitar - it is just not a great one.

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    Originally Posted by Bob411


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    Thanks, man! Too bad about the pups. However, I always expect them to be weak link in a cheapie import. I'm usually happy with GFS pickups but haven't heard much good about their P90s. If I were planning to replace the pups anyways, would it be worth it?
    Originally Posted by buddhapaugh


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    • #3
      I don't think I've ever gotten a guitar offline and didn't have to replace strings right away.

      Price of playing the game.
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      • #4
        Thanks, man! Too bad about the pups. However, I always expect them to be weak link in a cheapie import. I'm usually happy with GFS pickups but haven't heard much good about their P90s. If I were planning to replace the pups anyways, would it be worth it?


        For me the sting buzz is annoying. But you might get one that does not have that. If so, it might be worth it, if you like the color, the looks, etc.. The thing with me is, I CAN swap PUP's - but I don't enjoy that kind of work. So now if I'm paying a luthier to swap PUP's - now you add what? $50 - $60 buck s to the price of the guitar? Plus the cost of decent PUP's? I guess you add that all up and decide.
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        • #5
          I don't think I've ever gotten a guitar offline and didn't have to replace strings right away.

          Price of playing the game.


          It was not a big deal. I got lots of strings.
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          Originally Posted by Bob411


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          • #6
            Yeah definitely.

            I was actually just browsing the rondo site thinking about how much I wish they still had the GG1's and saw this guy

            http://www.rondomusic.com/classicna.html




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            • #7
              For me the sting buzz is annoying. But you might get one that does not have that. If so, it might be worth it, if you like the color, the looks, etc.. The thing with me is, I CAN swap PUP's - but I don't enjoy that kind of work. So now if I'm paying a luthier to swap PUP's - now you add what? $50 - $60 buck s to the price of the guitar? Plus the cost of decent PUP's? I guess you add that all up and decide.


              Thanks! I actually enjoy swapping out pups and ALWAYS replace the strings and do a full setup on any guitar new to me.
              Originally Posted by buddhapaugh


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              • #8
                Yeah definitely.

                I was actually just browsing the rondo site thinking about how much I wish they still had the GG1's and saw this guy

                http://www.rondomusic.com/classicna.html




                I like the wraparound on it


                People talk about the giles - how nice they are for the money. I actually think the SX's are bigger bang for the buck. I love the natural. My SX GG1 Jr is a dark natural.
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                Originally Posted by Bob411


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                • #9
                  Looks like a nice piece of wood for $170. I second that pickups are subjective and may or may not be replaced. Especially on a lower-end unit.

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                  • #10
                    What is it about the pickups that you don't like, Woody? In my experience, P90s are more sensitive to pickup height adjustments than most other pickups, so you might want to lower them a bit and see if that helps at all.
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                    • #11
                      I'd second Tweedledee's suggestion - that's been my experience as well, with P90s some height adjustment can make or break the tones.
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                      • #12
                        Great review but please Woody, no review is totally complete without Lambchop's paw count!!!!
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                        • #13
                          Send it back as you are obviously not happy; there's no point in owning something you don't truly like. I should have sent the XV-870 I bought years ago back; I didn't and it's the least played of the 15 guitars I own.

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                          • #14
                            Great review but please Woody, no review is totally complete without Lambchop's paw count!!!!


                            Lamb Chop is giving 3 indecisive paws up.
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                            Originally Posted by Bob411


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                            • #15
                              Guys - just a follow up on the CS part of this. I got a reply back from "support" at GFS. In so many words they aren't gonna do any credits. But I later sent a note to Jay, and he must have forwarded it to a John who does CS on Xavaire. John sounds like he is willing to work something out.

                              BTW - I hear you guys on PUP height. I have been plahying with that. Actaully I played it last night thru the Mustang II, and it sounded pretty good. I should check the height on the SX - cause that sounds really good to me.

                              I'll let you guys know what happens.
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