Torino TR2 review by Samick

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9.2 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.6 (28 votes)
Samick: Torino TR2

Purchased from: Music Outlet

Sound — 9
My styles are of rock and metal and anything I make up that sounds good. It suits my style very well. I use a Marshall MG10CD amp and Zoom FX pedal. It's almost never noisy and it has a very bright, distinctive tone. It can make pretty much whatever sound I make it make. I even figured out how to make pacman noises with it! Very much variety.

Overall Impression — 10
I play rock and metal and unique things. This guitar is a great match and I've been playing and enjoying it thoroughly for three years now. I own a Metal Zone pedal, a Zoom FX pedal, a Crybaby Wah, and a Marshall MG10CD amp (see my review for it) in addition to my guitar. I wished I'd asked more about the volume and tone controls when I first bought it because it took me forever to figure out how to use them properly. If I lost it or it was stolen I'd probably buy something else unless I could find a twin of my Samick because I love it that much. I love everything about it. The only thing I don't like about it is that it's a little hard to do pinch harmonics on it. My favorite feature is it's beautiful finish. I compared it to an Epiphone SG. I chose this one because it had more volume and tone controls plus it just looked better. I wish it had a floyd rose tremolo and locking tuners.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar would withstand Live playing: that I'm sure of. I've had it three years so far and I've never had a problem with the hardware so far. The strap buttons are very very solid. I can depend on it at all times and even though I've never been on a gig, I'd use it without a backup if I did. The finish is wonderful. It still hasn't worn off in the slightest in three years.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
It was set up fairly well at the factory. The action was set too high at the factory. The pickups I guess were adjusted well because I've never messed with them and they still sound great. The bridge and top are fine and the guitar contained no flaws that I could tell of.

Features — 8
I'm not sure what year my TR2 was made, but it was manufactured in Indonesia and has 23 frets. The neck is thin and it's a solid-top I'm pretty sure. it's made of maple and it has a transparent blood-red finish. Dual-cutaway/modified SG body style. I'm not sure what the bridge style is called but I think it's a Tune-O-matic. Active Electronics. It has four volume and tone controls and a three way selector Switch. It has two Duncan designed humbuckers. The tuners are grovers and are nonlocking. It came with a strap and that's all.

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