Price paid: $ 620
Purchased from: Hermies Music Store
Sound — 10
This guitar is awesome. From playing a shit ton of guitar this one is by far my favorite. The music style I play is a little harder using mostly using full step down or drop C. I run this through a DigiTech RP-150 into a Line 6 Spider Valve 212 amp I use DR medium gauge strings. It has a rich full sound on clean good for blues, rock, or country. With overdrive it has that classic rock feel to it. You can do any style of music with this guitar the possibilities are endless.
Overall Impression — 10
I play heavier music drop C mostly and with the stock pick ups it great with switched out distortion pickups it's amazing. I've been playing for 9 years I own a Samick Fast Back FB3, Samick all solid woods acoustic, Fender GC-12 acoustic (piece) Custom Hollow body Samick. I own a 92 Fender Tele. Which is on eBay right now, neck is way to thin. I'm not a fan of Fender or Gibson. There are a lot of manufactures out there that make awesome arched body guitars better than Gibson. In my book I've played a PRS there awesome. With this being set up properly and the distortion pick ups it's identical to that of a PRS. The body is a little lighter that being the UM3 is a thin line body. If this were stolen I would def. but another one. This is a love relationship, no cons. wouldn't change a thing.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I've played live many times. I always bring a back up, just a custom hollow body with Duncan pickups, grover tuners and a Samick 24 fret neck. Never had to use it. I've never had one problem with Greg Bennett guitars ever. The strap button are perfect size. PRS are a little large but no issues here. The finish is amazing heavy use and the finish is brand new, just polish it weekly and your fine.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar was set up decent from the factory. But your always supposed to have it set up for you. The pickups were suited fine for any player. Bu with my style I went with the Duncan designed Distortion Pick up which are awesome if you use drop tunings which all my music is. I hate standard! There was not one flawy with the fret wire, the finish was perfect no runs from the glue or the clear coat. I switched out the Gold knobs for knurled chrome one and a chrome Humbucker covers, with a chrome 3-way toggle switch.
Features — 10
I bought the guitar in August of 07' and was built June of 07' Samick builds all there guitars in Indonesia. It has 22 frets with a wide neck and small neck similar of a PRS. It's an alder body with flame maple top. I have the Emerald Green color. The neck is mahogany and is a solid bound to the body. Finish is again the transparent Emerald green. Body style is a double cutaway, shallow/arched/thin body similar shape or a PRS Mcarty. Bridge is a stop tail piece with Tune-O-Matic bridge. It has a one tone one volume and a three way selector. Pick ups stock are Duncan designed humbuckers. Tuners are non locking 14:1 ratio Groover tuner machines.