AL4042 review by First Act

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  • Sound: 6
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reliability & Durability: 5
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 6
  • Features: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 6.2 Neat
  • Users' score: 4.4 (7 votes)
First Act: AL4042

Price paid: $ 135

Purchased from: Target

Sound — 6
I mostly play Country (Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, etc), and this suits this moderately well. It works really well for classic rock or Metal, but that's not usually what I play. I run it through a Line 6, 30 watt Spider 3 amp. This guitar sounds 100x better than the First Act amp it came with. That thing was junk. That being said, it still comes no where near the sound of an Epiphone Wilshire, or such. It still sounds like a Target guitar. It May be comparable with a Squier Bullet Strat sound-wise, but its not all that great. The single Humbucker that it has is pretty weak, but does deliver a good range of tones, for the price, that is. It has a bright sound, so distortion is ok, but clean, it is a country type guitar. The variety isn't all that great, you really just need to play it clean. It's weak, but it gets the job done.

Overall Impression — 7
Overall, this isn't a bad guitar for someone who wants to start music again, or is a beginner. Although, it really can't be compared with my other guitar, which are an Ibanez Artcore AG75, and an Epiphone EJ 200. If this Guitar was stolen, I'd probably not go and buy it again, just because of the sound quality, and even the overall quality of this guitar. It is a beginners guitar, and it mostly stops there. The neck, as I said before, is probably the best feature on this guitar, just because it's so fast. that's about it. Really, I would recommend saving the few extra bucks and getting an Epiphone Les Paul 100. This guitar is just another guitar that could easily be passed up, but then again, there are the needles in the haystack.

Reliability & Durability — 5
This guitar could be dropped from 3 stories and still survive. Only half joking. This thing is really solid. If your looking for a really solid first guitar, this is it. This thing has been banged around so many times, and been dropped a few too, even on concrete. It has won every time. Of course, the only reason it fell was because 1. The strap is cheap, and 2. So are the buttons to hold it onto the guitar. The hard ware seems Ok, but it really isn't all that great, so it should be replaced. The finish, as I said before, is just a black finish. It almost seems just slapped on with a paint brush. Its Ok, but definitely not something that makes =me really want to get the guitar, like a lot the Les Pauls. Those finishes are really amazing. The finish seems really cheap, and either could wear off, or even come off when dropped (Lets face it, you will drop this guitar, especially if your a beginner). Its built really solid, but I would never use this in a gig. It just doesn't have the strength to keep up. I'll give it a 5 just for the finish. Everything else is pretty solid.

Action, Fit & Finish — 6
The set up was surprisingly pretty good from the factory, it just needed some adjustments. The action was a little too high for my preference, but that's just me. The only thing is after having it for about a year, the high e string has started to get lower than the rest of the strings, and I haven't adjusted that yet. The guitar really didn't contain flaws, except the previous owner dropping it and banging against tables. The only other thing is that the Tone knob is rubbing against the guitar, and its wrecking the finish. Other tan that it's pretty well set up from the factory. Of course, that was just mine.

Features — 7
This Guitar was originally purchased in 2009, so its about 2-3 years old. It is part of the 222 series for First Act. There are 22 frets, and it is really an awesome neck. that's probably what I like the most on this guitar. The neck is fast, and is really good for fast moving solos or fast power chords. The finish is just a plain black finish, nothing special really. It's kind of modeled after a strat, but only vaguely. The one pickup it has is a little weak, but it gets the job done, and does have a bit of tone range, surprisingly. The only 2 control knobs are the volume and tone, really basic. Tuners are cheap, china made tuners that barley hold a tune. The package included a 10? watt amp and a strap, and a couple picks. And a REALLY cheap guitar cable.

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