Price paid: $ 228
Sound — 9
I'm running this thru a makeshift amp. My brother spliced his old Jade amp whos cone had blown to some big old towers. It has a warm, deep tone that can easily be switched to a coarse aggresive hard rock sound with the flick of a Switch. I'm runnig it through a Behringer distortion pedal combined with amp tube overdrive which makes for some very violent intense riffs. it's is cabable of shrill howling leads also.
Overall Impression — 9
I play mostly hard rock, punk and rockabilly and ska (Dropkick Murphys, AC-DC, Social Distortion, Rancid). I've only been playon fr about 2-3years. I was goin to spend a maximum of $350 for an upgrade from a Squier Bullet Special. For my particular style and price range I was tossed up between an Epiphone Les Paul and this guitar. After reading reviews on both and inpecting the hardware this guitar was chosen without any hesitaion.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I've never gigged but I trust this guitar and would take it on. The hardware while hastily assembled seems rock solid. The strap buttons seem Ok but I always use clips just to be sure. The finish being glossy jet black would take quite a trashing on stage but you get that.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
THe construction is very solid. the neck is bolted on at a 2 degree angle wich is strange but doesn't hurt. The assembly was not great. I had to tighten the knobs and Switch and input jack up but nothing serious. I also had to tighten the screws on the humbuckers.
Features — 8
Ok this guitar was made in idonesia in 2006. It's a flattop LP style guitar made from solid mahogany. It's a sexy glossy black finish. it has 22 medium-jumbo frets with dot inlays on a rosewood fretboard on a mahogany neck. Grover machine-heads, twin Seymour Duncan designed pickups, and a Tune-O-Matic bridge. It is pretty simple with just a volume and tone knobs and a 3-way toggle switch between rythm and treble. The Greg Bennett line was an attempt by Samick to abolish their reputaion as a producer of crappy guitars. Samick employed veteran guitar engineer Greg Bennett to produce a line of professional quality guitars under the Samick brand. The guitars are similar in style to their lesser quality predessecors but feature better construction, better body and neck woods, and better hardware like pickups by Seymour Duncan and Grover tuners.