"A $320 full hollowbody? You jest? No. And it's most of what a $5000 Gibson is."
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
For a hollowbody sound, this guitar delivers. It has a surprising amount of acoustic output and has those clear, ringing mellow tones that Wes Montgomery used to play. The closest competitor Gibson makes will set you back $3k for the same setup. Tonally, for $320 (no case) you can't beat it. It's nearly as good as the $3000 Gibson. Case will set you back $80 or so.
If you love Nugent but can't lay out $5k for a vintage Gibson Byrdland full hollowbody, this is the feedback machine you're looking for. If you DO NOT like feedback, this guitar is hell in a live situation and you'll have to stay well away from the amp, with a longer cord always being better for you.
If you're a jazz man on a budget, this IS your guitar.
The guitar has what it needs - decent tuners (they'll need to be replaced eventually), tunamatic bridge and a solid tailpiece. Chrome could be better but for $320 I'm just astonished that it HAS a tunamatic bridge at all. AND bound f-holes! That's CUSTOM on a Gibson! This ax is a $320 version of the hollowbodies that jazz men have been using and cherishing since the 50s. I can't believe how cheap it is, or how well it sings for the price. I give it an 8 on features as elements of the hardware are what you would expect on a guitar at this price - less than perfect.
Again an 8 for the cheesy hardware but I don't have to tune up but once every week or two on it. Absolutely amazing how well this things works!
Ibanez can't afford much support at this price point. This guitar has to be built in China; the Koreans can't do this much hand work this inexpensively.
All the $5000 features, tuning stability and most of the tone for $320? What's not to love?
The Wow Factor:
Blue sunburst, bound f-holes, full maple construction, proper bracing of the top. It also has a very fast and friendly neck shape to it - not vintage by any means but good enough. Oh, it also has a very nice rosewood neck with mother-of-plastic block inlays.
I won't be surprised if this guitar dies in the next 5 years but while it lasts it's way better than paying $5000 for a custom Gibson, waiting nearly a year, and having it arrive with no better finish or workmanship. If it goes 10 years I'll be stunned that anyone could build this nice a guitar, and get that real round, mellow hollowbody tone and sell it for such a bargain basement price. The guitar comes strung with 9's. If you want the ultimate jazz tone's you'll need to go to flatwound 12's. The guitar is solidly built and should hold up to those just fine.