Price paid: $ 100
Purchased from: Arnold's Music Store
Sound — 10
The guitar sounds well when playing various rock-style music. This includes country-style rock as well. I have used it on a Fender amp at the local music store coupled with some effect pedals for overdrive, distortion and chorus. The instrument performs well out of the box with very little setup needed. The stock pickups perform well and flawlessly. Playing styles that require pull-offs, hammer-ons and bends are a breeze with this instrument and I'm a beginner!
Overall Impression — 9
Considering I play a large range of music, this instrument when coupled with a proper amp and pedals can fit the bill. I have only been playing electric guitar for a few months now with my first guitar being a heavily used Lyon by Washburn. This guitar by Samick actually makes me want to learn more. It's that hard to put down. If it was ever lost or stolen I would be looking for another one. It was compared with a Strat by Squier... As you can see I brought home what sounded best to me. I haven't found anything I hate about this guitar... It is a remarkable likeness to a Tele without the high price.
Reliability & Durability — 10
The lightweight construction will allow for hours of live playing without wearing down the player. The hardware is solid, tuning pegs are tight yet easy to adjust. Slightest tuning will bring any key out of tune easily. Once new strings are added and broke in the instrument will stay in tune. The strap buttons work well as I have not had a strap slip off yet. For practice, performing gigs or just for fun, this guitar will last a long time if properly maintained and cared for.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The action is very smooth but some lowering of the strings slightly from the stock setup would allow for easier action. The pickups at stock height work well and pick up every string sound the instrument makes. The tuning keys hold very well and after a months worth of use, 4 hours a day for 30 days straight, is still in tune. I didn't notice any design or finish flaws. The guitar is absolutely beautiful with the candy apple red finish and chrome hardware. Controls work well but I did have an issue with one of the pickup wires having a short in it.
Features — 10
This Greg Bennett Signature Formula electric guitar by Samick was made on July 2005. Place of origin is not marked on the guitar anywhere. The price paid was for a new guitar with some shipping and manufacturer defects. However, no scratches are on this instrument. It's a 22-fret rosewood c-shaped neck coupled with a candy-apple red solid body in the shape of Fender's American Telecaster. The headstock is the only difference and is angled back for added sustain. The instrument has the same style dual pickups found on a real Telecaster with the same chrome hardware. The controls include a volume, tone and a 3-way switch. The Switch selects between either of the two pickups or both giving a range of sound options. The 1/4" jack is located on the edge of the body and is out of the way of any interference. The tuners are tight and small while giving a characteristic appeal to the entire look of the instrument. The strings are installed through the body. No accessories came with instrument but then again why keep a beautiful instrument like this in a bag?