Avion AV1 review by Samick

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 7
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.9 (36 votes)
Samick: Avion AV1

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.

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    I have one of these, and i find the action really bad, i've always been fighting fret buzz and i can't do finger tapping stuff. the sound is good for the price though! does it really have Seymour Duncan designed pickups?
    rokeman: Like anything mass produced from south-east asia, it can boil down to luck. either you get something good from the assembly line or you get crap. Greg Bennet boasts about duncan designed pickups particually with the Avion series do its safe to assume tyhey are
    Yeah good point. but with the pickups, i did a trawl through the web, and some sites say it has "HH pickups" and lots of people didn't mention anything about Seymour Duncan. If it had Duncan Designed pickups i'm sure stores would be marketing that fact lots... but hey it still might. but yeah i liked your review! i looked at it because i was curious about what other people thought about the guitar i use. It is a great guitar for it's price range though, and it has served me well nonetheless, even though there is a few minor problems.
    I also have this guitar and i agree with most of the things you said, But i think you are making to big a deal about the quality of the pickups.
    But after having this guitar for 2 years i am still completly happy with it and have no plans to get a new electric guitar in the near future.