So, about a few months ago I stopped playing in my last metal band, and after trying to do other stuff than metal, I realized that I only own a single "non-metal" guitar, and that one is a 150€ tele knockoff that is kinda falling apart. All the others are EMG equipped dark shred monsters. I decided I "need" a new versatile guitar, so I went on a quest trough all the local stores and trough all the used listings to find something that I like. I tested out a bunch of fenders, epiphones, PRS`s, Godins, G&Ls, Yamahas, and things i never even heard of. At the end I was pretty set on a G&L Legacy, but i rememberd there is a store i havent yet visited, and lo and behold, they had this Yamaha! It played beautifully, and i went back and bought it the next day after I tried it.
So on to the guitar. It was around 650€ new, but you can get them for around 600 in bigger online stores. I gladly paid extra for the privilege of actually trying it out first, and knowing what im actually getting. The nut is a graptech TUSQ nut, graphtech string saver saddles on a yamaha bridge, and grover self locking tuners. All this works great, and it stays in tune for a looooong time. I had a jam session that lasted 3 hours yesterday, and the guitar is still in tune. Im actually really surprised. Intonation is also pretty spot on.
The neck is slim and fast. It has a glossy clear coat on it, and i guess a lot of people dont like that, but i prefer glossy necks, so it feels great to me. Its slimmer than most fenders as well. Its actually only slightly bigger than ibanez or esp necks. Frets are well done, but nothing really special, and the fretboard, which is rosewood, feels nice. The neck heel is not carved or anything, but i have suprisingly little issue with reaching the high frets. There is however a crack in the finish at the neck joint. The guitar is under guarantee, and I marked the crack with a marker to see if its spreading, but i think its just one of those finish cracks that a bunch of guitars have, and i dont want to return it and risk getting a worse playing one, just because there is a small crack in the finish.
The body is adler, and it seems to be made out of 3 parts, and it has a flamed maple veneer. It looks nice, and it also sounds nice when unplugged. It has as much sustain as any guitar i ever played. The finish is good, but i did find few flaws in it, but thats to be expected of the guitar in this price range.
It has a Seymour Duncan Cusom 5 that you can split in the bridge, and a seymour duncan P90 something in the neck. It sounds great, the bridge can handle a lot of gain, but it cleans up much nicer than EMGs im used to, and can actually do nice cleans without fiddlig with the amp eq or rolling the tone of. If you split it its a bit quieter, and gives that bright stratty chime, that you kinda have to tame with the tone knob.
That being said, the tone knob has a much wider range than im used to, and i find myself actually using it for the first time in my life. The gripe i have with it, is that its to easy to turn, and sometimes it can turn on its own if you throw the guitar around to much.
The P90 in the neck is somewhere between a humbucker and a single coil, so it does really nice warm cleans, but it can also scream for leads if you want it. Its suprissingly quiet, and it has only a bit more hum than the actual humbucker in the bridge. Actually splitting the humbucker gives you much more buzz than the P90 on its own.
The middle position on the 3 way switch is good for cleans, but i find that each pickup on its own is more to my liking.
So all in all, im very happy with it. The only thing that really bothers me is the easily turning tone pot, and i guess the crack in the finish. But other than that, i cant give any faults to this. Anyone looking for a guitar in this price range, I cant recommend it enough. Hell, even people looking for guitars in 2x the price range should take a look at this.
Anyway, here are some crappy pics, that i dont really have the will to edit to look better.
This is the pic of the neck crack, you can see where i marked the thing.