Price paid: $ 125
Sound — 8
Great sound on the humbuckers, soft on the single coil, rather a bit like noiseless singles with less edge. Run through many amps and often a Bassman pedal. Amps: Peavey 20, Line 6 15, Fender 100. Sounds best on the Fender 100. I think the pots may be the issue as both tone and volume have a narrow band between full-on (nearly) and off (totally). The Bassman pedel helps the single coils, esp. on the Fender 100.
Overall Impression — 8
Blues and jazz are my styles. Have owned dozens of guitars including upper end Strat, a fantastic Ibenez semi-hollow Artcore, many acoustics including multiple resonators. Love: extraordinary looks, thin, fast neck, huge steel frets (nicely dressed w/mirrow finish), splittable pickups. Hate: the pots and the weak tone on single coil. The single coil thing is not critical. I may at some point replace the front pickup with a hot single coil. I will replace the pots at some rational time. Cost should be under $20. Why in God's name did they discontinue this? It was the best guitar in the line. Get one cheap and hotrod it and you are still world's ahead of even a mid-line Fender.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This is a really rugged guitar that sold me on the: splittable pickups, huge stainless frets and the bolt on neck (like a Fender it can be readily replaced). Finish appears to be nearly bomb-proof. I NEVER gig without a backup and you shouldn't either...what if a string breaks mid set?
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Great American set-up, bought used has a tiny faded area on one edge. Frets are dressed better than guitars I have played that cost $3000. The finish is rugged and superb. I love the violin look and the string-through feature gets maximum sustain out of the mahogany/maple body and neck. The body feels a lot like a Les Paul and clearly that is the inspiration.
Features — 10
Sealed tuners similar to Gotah, book matched tiger maple cap over mahogany body with carved top, bolt-on maple neck, string-through-body, adjustable bridge, country of make and year unknown. Humbucker pickups that are splittable. Huge bass frets of stainless, a great thing in itself. The model is now discontinued.