Price paid: $ 400
Sound — 10
I play mostly Blues/Jazz and also play on a church worship team. I play it through a PA head and a pair of Jensen 12's when I'm home. I have a Line6 Spyder 75W and a Roland at the church. Sounds great on all of them. I gave up my Epi LP Classic for this (house rules, One comes in, One goes out) and I don't regret it a bit. The output is a little lighter than my LP, but I'm also using lighter strings than the LP so that may be expected.
Overall Impression — 10
This seems to be a good dependable axe. I've been playing over 40 years (Wow, how old ARE you? )and own a fair arsenal ranging from an old Harmony silouette to a Taylor 614CE. I've been around a lot of guitars and if you're looking for a guitar to play the kind of music this is suited for, you won't be dissapointed.
Reliability & Durability — 8
Overall looks like a keeper and is built super solid. It does have gold hardware, so the strap button shows a little wear and I expect anything you rest your hand on regularly will probably wear after a while, but gold is gold and no one's going to put a micron more on the hardware than they have to. BTW, while this IS a hollowbody, it has a solid core running from the neck to the tailpiece, so it's really more like a "chambered" guitar. The extra wood core, coupled with the hollow sections give a fair amount of sustain.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The guitar is pretty much flawless. I bought it from a bass player Who bought it and never used it much. Very sweet workmanship. This ArtCore is indeed a work of ART. The reviews of quality well beyond the price of the guitar are definitely true.
Features — 10
I saw it on Craigslist and the looks caught my eye. A little research and it turns out the thing is pretty highly rated. The fine-tuners didn't draw me in at first, but after using it, I wish I could get them on every guitar I own. The neck is super fast and that sold me when I went to try it out.