Price paid: $ 460
Purchased from: MyRareGuitars.com
Sound — 10
I play this guitar through a London City Hornet 50 and mostly a EH Big Muff and Dunlop Crybaby GCB-95. Occasionally I also use a DigiTech Whammy IV. I mostly play garage, grunge and alternative rock and this set-up is just about perfect. The sound is bright and cheap and that is just what I wanted. The guitar is also useful for a bit of rockabilly and when you use the neck pick-up it's ok for surf, though I barely play these.
Overall Impression — 9
The Music I play is of The White Stripes, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nirvana. Obviously it is perfect for TWS, since it is Jack White's signature guitar, but even for RHCP it works quite well (though not really on the sensitive songs like Under the Bridge). Besides this guitar, I own a Fender Stratocaster and a dreadnought-Acoustic from Washburn, but the Airline is definitely my favourite! If it would somehow die, I would hang it to the wall in my room and by the Metallic Margarit limited edition. I adore the looks and the sound of the guitar and I really like the way it plays. I actually did not compare it to any other guitar, before buying, since I knew the sound of TWS. The only minor complaints are that I wished it had a bit more sustain and the neck would be less heavy in comparison to the rest of the body.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I have not used the guitar Live yet, but I am sure it will Live through it. The hardware will last (especially the solid strap butons) and the white finish will defintely last! It is very dependable, so using it without back-up will not be a problem. But as I said, I have not used it Live yet, so this is based on it's performance at home.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
I ordered the guitar, because I live in Europe and even after the whole journey, the set-up was nearly perfect. It barely even needed tuning! I raised the bridge pick-up quite a bit for some more sustain and a permanently, though slightly, distorted sound. I lowered the neck pick-up, because I hardly use it and this way, it will not get in the way while playing. I bought a demo guitar to save $240. It was this much cheaper because of a minor paint damage near the neck joint, which I did not notice up until three months later. However, one of the tuning mechanisms is a bit loose and it vibrated while playing, making an annoying sound. (But nothing a bit of duct-tape couldn't handle)
Features — 9
This guitar is a white remake of the JB Hutto Montgomery Airline guitars, made in 1958 - 1968. It features 20 frets, on a 25 1/2" (648mm) neck. (nut-width: 1 11/16"). The body is made out of Tone Chambered Mahogany and the bolt-on neck out of Bound Maple. There is a Tune-O-Matic bridge with a Custom Chrome Tailpiece. It has two Alnico Hot-10 Humbuckers, controlled by 2 volume and 2 tone knobs, 1 master volume knob and a 3-way Switch. The hardware is Vintage Kluson Style Nickel/Chrome and it features D'Addario #10 strings. You could buy a case, but it will cost you an extra $100.