Price paid: £ 850
Purchased from: Japan
Features — 10
New in 2013, standard Gibson copy but better. Two piece solid Korina body with solid Korina neck. Rosewood board, standard humbuckers 3 way 2 Vol 1 tone. Well built great quality and craftsmanship, it is one thing that the Japanese can do is make a great guitar. Light at 7lb 4ox nearly a pound lighter that the Gibson Mahogany Explorer. Came with guitar stand and soft case. I have not played a Gibson Korina but I would find it had to see how it costs 5 times as much as the Bacchus. If you get a change get one, A little bit bright with the original pickups, changed it to Classic 57 and 57+ now sounds and play amazing.
Sound — 7
Now sounds great with the Gibson pickup installed. Though a Marshall DSL 100 and a 4x12 Cab it sound great. It can growl when required a very good all round guitar that suits all types of music. Play it through a Orange Dark Terror and it sounds amazing. Clear as a bell of as rough as you want the wood and pickups are a great partnership. Well wired to earth issues of feedback from any of the electrics all well put together. Sounds good unplugged, this is the real test when selecting a good electric guitar.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Well setup easy and comfortable to play, stays on the should er for hours no sense of weight just a great guitar to play. Looks great, never understood why you would want to put any paint on this great piece of wood, just let the natural wood show. Comfortable sitting down or standing up. Pity it is not a single piece of Korina but I have been told that a single piece would make the guitar weaker from a build perspective. Well match so the join cannot be seen unless you are close up, still love it
Reliability & Durability — 10
Had a it a few months now issues or concerns feels like it will last forever as long as you keep it in its case (bought a new hard case to protect it). Added Schaller strap buttons, as I do with all my guitars. Button behind the neck, seems far more comfortable in that position allow better access to the neck. No live playing but it has stood the test of me using if for hours on end at home and it has not had any issues. It feels like it will last forever it is well constructed and feels solid. No rough edges anywhere on this guitar it has been built with care and attention to detail.
Overall Impression — 9
I have 2 Gibson Les Paul Customs, PRS Custom 24, Gibson Explorer, Tokai Explorer and an Ibanez Destroyer. This one is my favorite after the Les Paul Custom 68. Would get a replacement if it was ever lost. I have played it through a number of amps and it comes though with flying colors every time. Dream Theater, Poets of the Fall, Avantasia, HIM, The Jayhawks, old '70s rock - it plays them all comfortably. As I mentioned the only issue was the pickups, once changed it breathed extra life into this amazing instrument. Wish it had MoP block inlays just to finish it off, then it would have been perfect.