Rockwood LX250G review by Hohner

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  • Features: 9
  • Sound: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 0 (0 votes)
Hohner: Rockwood LX250G

Purchased from: Reverb Seller

Features — 9
Hohner Rockwood series LX250G Les Paul copy. 2 humbuckers and yellow pickguard, appears to be a solid body bound, likely from Korea. Les Paul with a TOM bridge and tailpiece, 2V and 2T knobs and no coil split. No polepiece adjustment, just height and tilt of pickups. Tuners are the old cheapies, but are good enough after clean/grease them. Came in a nice hard case in good condition. Rated a '9' for a good sounding and playing Les Paul in a hard case nearly new for $110.
Neck is not a fat one, but a more midern Gibson feel to it and the finish is dry and glossy and well shot/buffed.

Sound — 9
This is what makes it well worth several humdred at least.... very nice pickups. No polepiece screws, but the pickups do have clear and almost a jazzy flavor with plenty of power and minimal muddiness in the bass side. Into a very clean Princeton Reverb (1974 with a good Celestion speaker), this guitar sounds good. A larger amp with some tone pedals might make it a rock guitar, but for clean playing, this is a very nice guitar. Not professional caliber, but plenty for a working local band. Rated '9' because it is so clean and good quality sound... better that any Epiphone I have owned or played except a ES339 with Gibson '57 Classics .

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
This was well made and finished and is a good color scheme.... brown trans over a grained body and both yellowed pickguard and binding on the body and fretboard edges. The action as received had the nut slots well cut and bridge/tailpiece pretty well adjusted. It has to have a Nashville type (wider intonation range) bridge for $15 since it cannot intonate the D-E enough (too flat). Reversing the saddles does not cure the problem.
Good looking body is a burst in brown that leaves the pronounced wood grain shown off well. A well made and finished guitar but for the bridge. Someone lined the cavity with aluminum foil well enough.

Reliability & Durability — 9
A LP is a solid guitar in every way if the neck/headstock area is kept protected. This one is sturdy and may have been from the 1990s and was apparently a Korea Hohner... several of them are excellent values and well made. I have played and owned several Hohners (they made a Prince Telecaster that is sought after) and they made good guitars somewhat like Reverend or Schecter: real value and good designs and workmanship for factory guitars.

The tuners will need replacement, but I may sell the guitar to pocket $100-120 since a good sounding and nice feeling Epiphone cannot compete with this one. Rated a '9' since it is solid and well made an in very good shape all over.

Overall Impression — 9
Rated a '9' since it was not a top-line Hohner, but remains solid and a very good value with darn nice pickups and feel. The tuners are marginal, but the fret steel polishes up to a shine easily and the electronics are quiet and all works well. This is a real value LP along with the Korea Austin branded (AU*** model names) guitars and may have come from the same factories. Alvarez imported Austins. A Les Paul with good pickups is hard to locate that fees nice and was well made of good materials and design... but a Korean LP at $110 hardly used is a real value. With nice hard case !

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