Purchased from: eBay
Sound — 9
I play pretty much your standard rock and blues. Some punk and a little country. I am playing through a Line 6 Spider III 120 with 2X10 120 with a Line 6 FBV board and I must say I was blown away by how the JT-220 sounded as soon as I pluged it in. We are talking a guitar that cost 159 dollars new. I have done a little digging and I belive I have one from the first run of this new model. The sound is rich and full even dialed up with little break up.
Overall Impression — 8
This is a good overall guitar for anyone who plays blues rock, rock, bules and country (twang). I have 2 Strats, have been playing for 20 + years and always wanted a set neck single cutaway guitar but did not want to shell out 3 or 4 hundred for one. If this guitar was stolen I would buy another one for sure. The only things that wern't so hot (the bridge & tuners) I replaced. As soon as I put roller bridge on it and set the inotation it really set it off. The tuners were just LP copy type so I replaced them with a set of wilkinson. I compaired a number of LP copies and an Epiphone or 2 that I had picked up at some of the locial music stors before I thought about buying this JT-220 based on a couple of JT-200s I picked up. For the price it can't be beat especially if you (like me) are not sure a single cutaway LP type guitar is something you will adapt to after playing Strats for many years. I think for 159 dollars for this guitar is a steal.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar would stand up to a live playing and the hardware seems solid enough. The strap buttons are good and heavy. I think it would be safe to say it would be fine to gig with (I have been playing it every day for over 3 months now with no proplems) and the finish is so thick that I think it will hold well for many years. I used to refinish cars for a livein and the depth of gloss on this JT 220 is sick.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The set up was in the ball park the action was a little high but I atribuate that to the cheep bridge you will find on just about all of the LP copies out there. The pickups were in the ball park also ba little high. The Finish is un real. The only flaw I see here is a sleight run that was wet sanded out and is verry hard to see. All electroincs are fine no loose hardware. The only complaint here is that it has one of those composite nuts that seem to be popular these days even on the Epiphones.
Features — 9
It was made in Dec. 2007 A New Model JY 220 it has a set neck with 23 thin frets and is rosewood. The body is a Standard cutaway LP type with a sunburst solid top and wood grain back (great finish). It has a standard Tune-O-Matic bridge with your Standard LP copy hardware.