Price paid: $ 256.75
Sound — 10
This is a great sounding guitar, plugged in or not. I prefer to play it unplugged as an acoustic though. The sounds are very rich and clear and it can get pretty loud - even when you're trying to play quietly. My musical style is rock, I can do anything from strumming GNR or Oasis songs to practicing the delicate pickings of Eric Clapton on this guitar and they sound awesome. The electro part is also fun to play around with.
Overall Impression — 9
I've been playing for about 2 years now. I've been borrowing acoustics from other people to play around with for a while now and now I finally have my own. This is a great guitar definately worth trying if you are looking to buy an electro/acoustic. Samick is trying to reinvent its image and with Greg Bennett designed guitars, it might just work. This guitar proves to be a good looking guitar that provides rich sounds. I compared this guitar to a few Fenders and Takamines but for this price, I found this guitar to be the best sounding and looking one. I like that the headstock is fairly unique that separates it from others. I wish it had a second strap button however, just a personal preference.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Played this outside at camp, jamming with friends, etc. and this guitar seems to withstand. There is however, only one strap button on this guitar which is where the plug goes in for the electric aspect. You will have to tie the other end of the strap to the headstock. The finish looks like it will last for a while. Very reliable guitar.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
When I bought the guitar, the action was really high. Not sure if it was factory setup or store. I had to get this readjusted and it didn't cost anything so that was fine. The laminated top is very glossy and shows any scratches you may have accumlated fairly easily.
Features — 8
The D4CE is part of Samick's Greg Bennett designed guitars. This dreadnought cutaway electro/acoustic is crafted in Indonesia. The body is a laminated Ash. The guitar has a 20-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl inlays. The headstock is a unique Greg Bennet design complete with Grover tuners. Electronics include a Clear Wave 10 4-band active EQ, volume controller and a built-in tuner. You can get this guitar in black, red, or blue. Hardcase and strings were included as well.