Price paid: $ 249
Purchased from: Saratoga Guitar
Sound — 9
This guitar is obviously built for a Jazz/blues/soft rock applications. I use it to play mostly blues styles and it works wonderfully. For no name pickups they are very nicely balanced, very crisp highs and nice full lows and a decent middle which tends to be a little treblely. At high distortion levels the guitar tends to feedback a lot due to the hollowbody design. the only thing about the guitar that I do not like is that the tuners are relatively cheap and I plan on replacing them soon with a nice set of grovers.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall I belive this is a great guitar for the money I spent on it and in talking to several players I could agree that it actually feels better than the 400 dollar Epiphone Dot, the sounds may be different but the feel is definately superior. I will note that the price I recieved this particular guitar at is cheaper than I should have gotten it for, I happen to know the owner of the shop I got it at so I got a small discount. Currently they are selling the guitars for around 289.00.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Being that I use this guitar to perform with I would say that it would stand relatively easy stage playing, it is not the kind of guitar that you can whip around and spin on stage but I feel very confident that I could play with it Live without the use of a backup.(not that anybody should ever play Live without a backup.)
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
From the factory the guitar was pretty much pristine. Being that I am OCD the first thing I did was search the entire guitar for any flaws what'soever. All that I was able to find was some flaws in the binding on the inside of the F-holes, nothing serious just a small chip on the inside.
Features — 9
This is a Jay Turser JT-133 semi-hollow body guitar. It consists of a set neck with rosewood 22 fret fretboard, semi-hollow body with two F-holes and what appears to be an arched top. There are two no name humbuckers, a three way selector and two tone and two volume knobs. The bridge is a stopbar TOM style. The tuners are permanantly lubricated and sealed, and the headstock is a 3+3 design (3 on each side) Overall features re pretty Standard for a starter semi-hollow.