« My first good guitar. »Publié le 05/18/11 à 20:45
With the archtop body it is very comfortable to play. It fits under your arm perfectly. The beveled cutaways make reaching the highest frets easy which is important on a 24 fret neck and even more important when its 24.75 scale. The stock pickups were decent but I swapped mine for a set of Dimarzios a super hot X2N in the bridge and a Tone Zone on the neck for really fat leads. This is the pickup setup that Micheal Romeo from Symphony X uses. I covered the pickups in black EMG style covers for a clean look. I just wish it had an ebony fretboard and bigger frets.
With the Dimarzio pickups the guitar screams. The mahogany body balances out the high end bite from the X2N and it makes the leads from the Tone Zone pickup even fatter. With the X2N in the bridge the guitar can get noisy when you are playing loudly and sometimes it picks up interference from outside electronics. The magnets in the X2N also are so powerful that it causes some string drag which can lower your sustain a bit.
Its amazing that you can get such a good guitar for so cheap now. They later on came out with a version that had an ebony fretboard but I have already connected with this one. They recently changed this model. It is now called the Hawker and has a indentation on the end of the guitar near the rear strap peg. I do not think the guitar looks as good now but it is basically the same guitar. If you want a set neck guitar that is more playable than a Les Paul you cant beat this deal.