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« Bad guitar, great learning system. »

Published on 11/22/11 at 10:52
Strat-style guitar
One-custom humbucker/two single coil set-up
Maple neck includes patented Advanced Polymer Fretboard and the world's only built-in LED learning system.
Chrome hardware
Fixed bridge with fully adjustable saddles
Two-way truss rod

Guitar includes:

- 10 ft. Fretlight USB cable (Y connection for the Fretlight Dual Footswitch)
- Fretlight guitar software installation disk which includes:
- Fretlight Studio™ software
- Free Fretlight interactive videos (Beginner 101 and 201, Intermediate Sampler lesson, Advanced Sampler lesson)
- Fretlight Owner’s Manual
- Truss rod and bridge saddle wrenches

The free Fretlight Studio software includes:

- 5 free built-in Player songs plus 5 more free Player songs when you register your Fretlight guitar
- 10 built-in Video Riffs
- 120 plus stylized progressions to solo with
- 120 plus interactive text based beginner to advanced lessons
- Access to over 40 free downloadable Fretlight Video Riffs

UTILIZATION

The guitar itself is pretty bad. Honestly. It feels very cheap, like the quality of most people's first guitars. The LED learning system works like a charm, but the quality of the guitar detracts from it.

SOUNDS

Eh. This guitar doesn't particularly sound good. It's like a pawnshop special in terms of the quality of the pickups and sound-producing electronics. It would sorely benefit from some good Duncan or similar aftermarket pickups. I never swapped mine out because I felt the overall package of the guitar was lacking in quality.

OVERALL OPINION

The rating of 7s overall is a compromise. The learning system would be rated a 10, but the guitar itself is not that good. It has the same type of quality as a $150 Squier - the workmanship is inexact, the paint isn't incredible, the hardware is cheap, and the pickups are crap. So, given that this is a learning system, as well as a guitar, I average the two qualities together to make a level of a 7 for the review. I wish I could try the higher end models that Optek offers, so I could see if they meet the quality standards I feel the learning system deserves.
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