Royale RL2 review by Samick

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  • Sound: 4
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 4
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 7.2 Good
  • Users' score: 8.6 (12 votes)
Samick: Royale RL2

Purchased from: Hendersons Music store

Sound — 4
This guitar was perfect for jazz/blues fusion. As I mentioned the pickups are disapointing as the guitar is very well made and finished. Playing in clubs alot I like to use various amps, Fender Hotrod, Engl etc. But I find if I use any overdive at all the pickups squeel all the time.

Overall Impression — 8
I have been playing guitar for thirty years and now at last I feel I have found a great crossover instrument. This is an instrument worth buying if you are willing to customise. As it stands I believe the guitar sounds and plays better than many higher priced instruments. Definety worth a look.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I have had to change all the pots and a Switch to quality items to retain some reliability. This is a very well made guitar and plays very well, its just a pity that Samick didnt take the time to think of road worthyness of the guitar. I have now replaced the pickups with Seymore Duncans and it is incredible how the guitar sounds.

Action, Fit & Finish — 4
The guitar came well set up from the factory, albiet with very light strings. Soon the gremlins started to appear, things like pots coming loose, and the Switch broke.

Features — 10
I bought the RL 2 a few months ago after seeing it in guitarist mag. It is basically a slightly larger semi hollow Les Paul type guitar. The body is of mahogany construction with a glued in neck. Two pickups and the standard tuno matic bridge set up. Two volume and tone as standard. Two humbucking pickups which I found out to be of the microphonic variety much to my disapointment.

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    I bought one of these recently and it's an amazing guitar for an amazing price. Faultless! I have no problem with the pickups and pots the pickups sound great. I have a Strat a Tele and a Les Paul and this is now my first choice guitar. Try one and don't be fooled by the low price.