I just bought a HBL 450 BK (black) Thomann, the only reseller of this "brand". REFERENCE Audiofanzine does not this color, I leave my opinion on the REFERENCE CS (cherry sunburst). However the two colors (BK and CS) are worth the same price, 125 euros (!!!). The original with Gibson is 10 20 times, without comment ...
Thomann Description: alder body, maple set neck, rosewood fretboard, 22 frets, 2 humbuckers, chrome hardware, 3-way toggle switch, 2x vol & 2x tone controls. Colour: Black. Anglophobes for the electronic and microphones are like a Gibson but with an alder body, a handle stocky, a rosewood fingerboard: it is not of mahogany (or hu).
There is no marking "made in ..." or n SERIES: indfinie as the origin, we can not talk about "brand".
I have a fender strato U.S. with 69 custom shop pickups, I wanted to February 1 extra scratch and especially try the Les Paul cheaply. Considering the price I do not risk anything. Zou, I order one. Time limit, expdition and packaging: it is OK. For a, the German is the pros. But here's my opinion on the matter:
It is an instrument (if, when same) for which it is clear that manufacturers do not dwell too long on the manufacture and especially the finish. It all does the economy and pens to look pretty from a distance. PRS is a bit of the MISR.
The handle is of poor quality and it is not over. The frets are thin INSRE trs (glue?) Without treatment: Thurs visible between frets and button, glue smudges, coarse file strokes to correct the planning extrmits sharp. .. not throw away. Ah, there's a rod that works Tuss, to correct the curvature. As against the planning is poor, forcing a string action mga high if a frieze.
Ct body polishing, binding and coating is not too bad, but the binding is a little runny and plane on the edge of the button. It will take ages to see how the varnish. The shapes of the body and the head are iso Gibson copies.
Ct hardware: the mcaniques has going. As against the bridge and tailpiece are chrome and cochonium happily vibrate, giving the impresion of playing on a pole tfal (gliiiing, Bzzzz) and nut (too high) is made of plastic. The inserts of the tailpiece and bridge dpassent the body and are not adjusted its (pretty) form.
Hsiter must not change the strings for a title of man (11 or 12), rgler the handle and the bridge, polish the frets. I also put tape around tflon to annihilate the games of the tailpiece and bridge, and if I m'coutais I dcollerais and I limerais the nut.
After finishing done, we branch. Small apprhension ... amp does not explode? is a good sign. Well, let's be a good sport: ct microphones and has not seem too bad on a test piphone valve junior (phew, I com to tell me that I would rexpdier! ) But I'm not quite used to the sound of humbucker to be relevant on the subject. Ct Electronic (knobs, buttons, slecteur, cblage, welds) is the low end, RALIS quickly and with little care. I feel that a wrong does not last long.
In conclusion I would advise to beginners or those without a ring. There is no miracle, it was worth the money. Prfr I pay 100 euros more and not have the same finish me. For those who do not tinker, prvoir a must at the luthier, or with a friend who knows how.
The report of the quality / price is right, the ratio of violin quality / price is bad: the lead chapter of violin quality, despite the ridiculously low price. So 5 / 10. When I sub, j'achterai a real guitar.