Price paid: £ 200
Purchased from: andertons.co.uk
Sound — 10
The sound is fantastic considering it comes with cheap factory pickups, Rob Chapman said himself even though there cheap they are full of rich tone, I have kept the stock pickups as I like them alot they really are great, for 200 pounds you van not go wrong at all, I am an experienced guitar luthier and musician and I have never came across anything like this the price is unbelievable for what you get real ebony, real mahogany everything is just fantastic, there only 500 made hence the certificate I have 2 of them one is number 10 and one is 274 there great guitars I have sprayed one flat white and has bareknuckle pickups and ice kept the other one completely stock the tone is fantastic the Bridge is nice and HOT and the neck is warm and full of clarity and tone.
Overall Impression — 10
I own Gibson's, PRS's, Fenders all the high end stuff and I always come back to this instrument and I'm a luthier! Take my word for it there fantastic!
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar is very heavy duty!
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar was not set up in the factory and had a fairly high action, the pickup height was spot on and did not need adjustment, the body was perfectly routed and all the cavity's were spot on, in fact other than a basic setup I, e intonation, action, truss rod (which hardly needed thumb pressure to get perfect!) the only thing the guitar seriously needs was a basic fret dress you can do at home with some masking tape and metal polish and maybe a small ceramic stone to touch up any fret buzz, it did not really need it but I'm a metal guitarist I need the strings to glide smoothly and that way the only reason other than the fact it frets look good shiny.
Features — 10
This guitar came with a padded gig bag, trem bar, cable, certificate of authenticity and a trem block. For those of you who do not know or heard of Rob Chappers he is guitarist that has gained high popularity on youtube and was offered his own guitar company due to his success and designed a guitar (3 models now!) with his fans on youtube in a forum and the guitar was designed by his fans on a vote with diffirent body woods/shapes, hardware etc, and is the only collaborative design guitar company in the world and this is not a beginner guitar its made as a blank canvas for you to upgrade top quality woods and hardware just add the pickups!, the Chapman ML1 has a:
- solid mahogany body (2piece)
- shallow "C" maple neck
- ebony fretboard
- reverse "telecaster" style headstock
- Grover rotomatic machine heads (18.1 ratio)
- Wilkinson encased trem Bridge (saddles are compressed together to prevent movement and to enhance sustain)
- shadow kill pot
- coil tap
- 3 way selector switch
- flat black finish with satin neck
- pick-up configuration: H.S.S