PK20 review by Encore

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  • Overall Impression: 4
  • Reliability & Durability: 4
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 2
  • Features: 6
  • Reviewer's score: 4 Poor
  • Users' score: 5.1 (7 votes)

Purchased from: Secong Hand Shop

Overall Impression — 4
Taking sound, aesthetics and durability into accound, this guitar is only suitable for a beginner. It is short scale and easy to use but upon closer inspection, it is of a terrible standard.

Reliability & Durability — 4
The strings go out of tune incredibly easily on this guitar and a rattle is heard with almost every note. This guitar isn't even saved by it's looks because the black finish chip very easily to reveal cheap white plastic.

Action, Fit & Finish — 2
I have had nothing but trouble from this guitar. The mere tension of the strings ripped the fretboard up giving about 2 inches of action near the body of the guitar. Once that was fixed, the ill-constructed headstock caused the G string to snap. Once that was replaced, the next thing that broke was one of the machine heads. All in all, it's more trouble than it's worth.

Features — 6
With two rather ugly pick-ups, four strings, twenty frets and a very naff finish, the Encore PK20 is perfect for anyone wishing to enter the wonderful world of electric bass. The body has a very shiny, plasticky black finish which is ruined by the pale wooden fretboard which tapers away to a squire-esque headstock.

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    I saw one of these at a car boot sale in Lincolnshire. It really is that good, folks. Actually, they were asking 100 for it when I could get it for about 20 less brand new, if I was (a) mad and/or (b) foolishly extravagant. Definitely one for the old grannies' Christmas shopping catalogues. Avoid. Like the Black Death.