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07-01-2013 07:13 AM - edited 07-01-2013 07:16 AM
Overall Rating: 5
Sound Quality: A stellar mild to medium overdrive. In comparison to the 10ish other overdrives I have owned, this one can pull off the clean to overdriven based on how hard I hit the strings better than all the others. I have guitars of most pickup configurations and run this mostly into a Fender Blues Junior. There are internal EQ switches, but I have not needed to use them. The emphasis knob gives you a wide tonal range. (I also adjust for different guitars with a Voodoo Gigitty ahead of this in the chain)
Reliability / Durability: Seems solid. Metal hosuing. knobs feel substantial. Jacks dont wiggle.
Ease Of Use: It just has three knobs man.
Reviewer Background: I've been playing guitar/bass/etc for 25 years, many shows, many albums recorded.
Purchased From: direct from manufacturer.
06-13-2013 07:43 AM - edited 06-13-2013 07:47 AM
Overall Rating: 4. It doesn't have any frills and I deduct a few points, explained below...
That being said, it is hard to top this with another semi-hollow at this price.
I have probably said in this forum that I think Epiphones often have weak sounding pickups. The sound quality of these p90s is somewhat of an exception. I may well not mod these, they have a vintage sound, but a little hotter and less noisy. This guitar, due to the smaller body, and center block sounds more like something between a chambered solid and a semi to me. That is not necessarily bad, just an observation. Overall, right off the rack, it sounds great for certain things. The overall impression is it is very responsive. This guitar will not hide suckage. I have guitars that have pickups that cost more than this, but it has a nice p90 sound that is unique and pleasing, it is a definte keeper, even if it is mostly for recording for my purposes.
No problems with intonation, fretwork, or neck relief. Lowered the action slightly, but it was already set up adequately. I like really low action. No buzzing.
The nut had some stickiness. It is just a plastic nut. I will probably replace with tusq. It holds its tuning if you push on the strings above the nut but that is annoying. No real issue with the saddle sticking or the trem holding steady.
Reliability / Durability: Solid. You could beat the crap outta someone with it I except and still play it.
Ease Of Use: It did not come with a manual, but I was not confused by its 4 knobs.
Reviewer Background: I am a human being living on earth. I like gitfiddles, banjerdiddles, and accordions.
Purchased From: Guitar Center.
Price: $300. Store was having a $50 off sale.
06-07-2013 08:57 AM - edited 06-07-2013 09:02 AM
Overall Rating: 3. This is just a no frills basic semi-hollow
Sound Quality: 3. The pickups that came with this were a bit muddy and undefined. I intentionally got this planning on switching the pickups though. After the switch, I am confident that the pickups are the weak link. It sounds freakin great now. In other words, the body construction is good enough quality not to throw off what a good set of pickups can get you.
I had specific needs, bought this actually after hearing the pickups I wanted in another guitar. If you are thinking about a semi-and aren't gonna mod it, I'd actually recommend one of the higher priced Epi models.
Reliability / Durability:
I've had it a year and it still plays solid, straight neck, good intonation, stable tuning. Hardware is solid.
Playability, it has a nice thick neck that some, like me, prefer. After I set it up, got the action really low. However, I played 3 of the same model in the store before I grabbed the one I got. Quality control is not top notch, but that is what you get for under $300. Setup was not good from the store, but I could tell that was all it needed (the 3rd one).
Once I set it up, got real low action with no buzz (but that was mainly what was gonna be the problem with the other two I tested).
The finish scratches somewhat easily. I have other 'satin' finished instruments that have a tougher finish. It doesn't necessarily look bad, but I expect in a few years it will look more vintage than it should.
Ease Of Use: it is a guitar.
Reviewer Background: Played 25+ years, lots of shows, a dozen albums, not a pro though.
Purchased From: Guitar Center.
06-07-2013 08:47 AM
Overall Rating: 4. I can't say anything specifically wrong to bump it from 5 to 4, I just guess I'd reserve a 5 for the top top end stuff.
Sound Quality: As you might expect from a HB/p90 guitar, this has a wide range of tones. From p90 sweet honey with a touch of twang to a more dual HB type sound - the bass roll off adds to that capacity. Every pickup position has its own beauty and use and I don't always find that to be the case on a guitar.
Playability, while the shop I got it from is known for doing great setups on everything on their floor, the factory clearly did its job as well. Action was, if anything, lower than I need while still having no buzzing on any fret, even played abusively. Intonation was spot on.
Tuning stability, I literally do not need to tune this guitar for weeks. Drop D tuning, and back up again, it settles quickly.
Reliability / Durability: Solid construction. No issues after a few months.
Ease Of Use: It is a guitar. I didn't need to read the manual.
Reviewer Background: I've been playing 25+ years. Played lots of shows, recorded a dozen albums, not a pro though.
Purchased From: Local guitar shop. Crossroads, in VA.
Additional Comments: Guitar also looks beautiful. The top veneer has a nice wood pattern.
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