Electric-ST review by Gear4Music

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 7.6 Good
  • Users' score: 4.3 (18 votes)
Gear4Music: Electric-ST
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Price paid: £ 70

Purchased from: Gear4music

Sound — 8
This guitar will surprise you in its sound, running through the amp that it came with you can get a satisfactory overdrive sound and although the clean channel is a tad weak with these guitars you get what pay for and more in this case. If you fiddle with the controls you can get most sounds out of it, for the price its awesome.

Overall Impression — 8
I play everything from Death metal to blues and this is a cheap way of honing your skills as a kid, its simple yet effective design will last you until an upgrades comes along. The best thing about the guitar though is the way you become attached to it, you fall in love with its attempts to play with the big boys and it stands by you like a dog to its master. I love this guitar, its become my friend over the years (I've even named it) and that's either a sign that I need to get out more or that this is a great deal for a guitar.

Reliability & Durability — 7
Mixed reports here I'm afraid, when I first got this I ran it upstairs to me room and screwed in the whammy bar to have a mess around, after a few minutes of dancing and general fun I tried to unscrew the whammy bar and it came out with the end still in the guitar, still in there to this day. Whilst that was a let down the guitar is made out of some sort of Kevlar/Zakk Wylde's bone compound, its that hard. This is the only guitar I've owned that hasn't broke or fell to bits, no matter what you do to it it keeps playing.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
This was set up pretty well, its still very playable now despite the fact it has never been to a shop, its nice to play and there's no problems when playing for long periods of time. The action is set up low but not too low and it stands up next to its more expensive brethren very well, its not a 1000 quid Strat but its comfy and since most people buying this will be beginners that's what you want really.

Features — 7
I got this as my first guitar 3 and a half years ago so I didn't pay much attention to when it was made but I know it was made in Korea (cheap labour). It has 21 frets on a rosewood fingerboard that is surprisingly comfy to play on, the body is basswood and comes in a few colours (mines black). Pretty much the same things you see on most starter guitars including 2 volume and 1 tone controls and S/S/S set up pickups. Mine came in a set with a 15watt amp, cable, bag, strap and tools, the amp is pretty damn good for the price but the rest of the gear broke within the first week.

10 comments sorted by best / new / date

    JohnMerrick
    "made in korea (cheap labour)" ? Korea is making fine guitars, almost as well as the US or Japan cheap guitars are generally made in Indonesia or China
    nemesis_911
    JohnMerrick wrote: "made in korea (cheap labour)" ? Korea is making fine guitars, almost as well as the US or Japan cheap guitars are generally made in Indonesia or China
    Nah dude... a lotta Korean guitars (like my Yamaha PAC 012) suffers from poor build quality.. But still those guitars are of good quality for a beginner...
    saint_berzerker
    JohnMerrick wrote: "made in korea (cheap labour)" ? Korea is making fine guitars, almost as well as the US or Japan cheap guitars are generally made in Indonesia or China
    No. Korea is just as bad as Indonesia. If you've bought into the "LTD is great", then I see where you're coming from. I've had experience with plenty of them (Koreans), and I won't buy anymore. US or Japan is the way to go, if you can afford it. For beginners they're fine.
    jammy827
    these things are really really crap. the bridge on mine is screwed, when it came the neck was bent, and it sounds like a peice of **** you can get something like a peavy raptor which is cheap but very well built.
    SeanX3187
    JohnMerrick wrote: "made in korea (cheap labour)" ? Korea is making fine guitars, almost as well as the US or Japan cheap guitars are generally made in Indonesia or China
    i believe you are mistaken. Korea doesn't make guitars nearly as well us the US or Japan. assuming they're made in north korea as opposed to south korea the common misconception is that communist countries can make guitars as well as free countries is kind of confusing to me. communism gives everybody the same things, like jobs. the people who are told (yes, told, not chose to) make guitars won't get benefits if they make them well, so they don't bother. but in the States and Japan and whatnot, if you don't make guitars (or anything for that matter) up to par, you get fired... motivation is very important. also, in non-communist countries like Mexico, they don't make anything too well because well, if you were making less in a week than you'd make in a day in the US, would you want to put all your effort into it? i wouldn't. the only reason we ship our stuff out to be made there is precisely for cheap labor. thoughts of quality go out the window when they do that. so in general, most things that require skill rather than just labor to produce, will be inferior in those kinds of countries than well developed, free countries like the US, England, Japan and so on.
    Seref
    ideal for people who love to start learing the electric Guitars.
    Made me think of Skwisgaar.
    [x]Huffy[x]
    Seref wrote: ideal for people who love to start learing the electric Guitars. Made me think of Skwisgaar.
    I lol'd heartily.
    The^Unforgiven
    SeanX3187 wrote: JohnMerrick wrote: "made in korea (cheap labour)" ? Korea is making fine guitars, almost as well as the US or Japan cheap guitars are generally made in Indonesia or China i believe you are mistaken. Korea doesn't make guitars nearly as well us the US or Japan. assuming they're made in north korea as opposed to south korea the common misconception is that communist countries can make guitars as well as free countries is kind of confusing to me. communism gives everybody the same things, like jobs. the people who are told (yes, told, not chose to) make guitars won't get benefits if they make them well, so they don't bother. but in the States and Japan and whatnot, if you don't make guitars (or anything for that matter) up to par, you get fired... motivation is very important. also, in non-communist countries like Mexico, they don't make anything too well because well, if you were making less in a week than you'd make in a day in the US, would you want to put all your effort into it? i wouldn't. the only reason we ship our stuff out to be made there is precisely for cheap labor. thoughts of quality go out the window when they do that. so in general, most things that require skill rather than just labor to produce, will be inferior in those kinds of countries than well developed, free countries like the US, England, Japan and so on.
    This might very well be the biggest load of bull**** I've ver encountered. "America, f*** yeah!".
    georgeg0534
    i have one and its rubbish its sound is not great and its falling apart. i would advise every one whos going to get one to get more money and start off with a yamaha pacifica.
    rv_phoenix
    The most stupid idea one can encounter in today's guitar world is beginners should begin on low-cost instruments. I konw it's equallz false that a good instrument will make you play better just by itself. But bad instruments don't let you advance. More than that, they kill the pleasure of playing the guitar, they provide you bad habits - hard to get rid off - and, last but not least, contribute to the survival of a lot of companies which shouldn't be in this business, since they don't care about the essential of music, which is musical sound, as opposed to natural sound or noise. A good guitar player could do something with any guitar, but what's the use of buying a cheap guitar, then upgrading it?