D-2 review by Samick

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 7.6 Good
  • Users' score: 7 (1 vote)
Samick: D-2
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Price paid: $ 150

Sound — 7
I don't have any negative comments about the sound as it perfectly suits any kind of music you could play with an acoustic. I play progressive rock, ballads, heavy metal and some jazz. Of course, the Dreadnought body gives it a rich and full sound but not very bright, which is very good for rhythm-playing but not for lead. I've equipped it with some elixir strings which basically improves the sound by 80%. I've also installed a Fishman pickup and play with a small Roland Cube 15-XL amplifier.

Overall Impression — 7
It matches any music style as long as you're playing rhythm. If you're a lead guitarist, then this guitar won't do it. Dreadnoughts are made for rhythm. The sound is almost perfect, it offers everything a fine Dreadnought would but it has several issues (buzz and a ridiculously long sustain for the B string). I have been playing this guitar only for a year and even with all the issues I could depend on this thing. I would highly recommend it for beginners but advanced players should deserve more.

Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar sure does withstand live playing and I have experienced it. As I said before the wood seems to be very solid and will no doubt last. There is only one strap button which I have replaced by the pickup's input.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
When I first got this guitar, the action was pretty high, but this shouldn't be a big problem as you can lower it. I don't like the plastic pins that gives it a "cheap" feel. When I first bought this guitar, everything was fine, but 5 months later, a huge and very annoying buzz appeared on the 2nd fret of my A string. I got it fixed by re-tuning the fret board but it seems the buzz is growing again. The body seems to be very strong as this guitar has survived many travels without a hard case. The rosette around the sound hole looks sublime. I've came across many other acoustic guitars that are much easier to play; this one feels kind of "tight" which doesn't help for bends. Apart from this, it is quite comfortable.

Features — 7
Indonesia. 20 frets. No cutaway makes it only playable up till 14th fret. Dreadnought.

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