Price paid: $ 235
Purchased from: eBay
Sound — 10
I play mostly old Rock and Roll and some country. Using both pick-ups the sound compares to that of a Gretsch jazz guitar, where if the treble setting is used, you get the snappy leads of a Les Paul. The rhythm selection would compare to a Hagstrom Semi-Hollow body or similar to the Brian Setzer model Gretsch.
Overall Impression — 10
I have been playing on & off for about 50 years and have played most types of music. Right now I am interested in old Rock & Roll, Vintage country, jazz and blues. The Shine ST 420-F is the perfect match for any of the music types that I play because of the versatility of the P-90's, fast neck and excellent ton of the semi-hollow body. I truly believe that Shine guitars are going to be a major factor in the American Guitar market. They currently produce a pretty wide selection of guitars on eBay through The Guitar Deal Store, who by the way is a very reliable vendor with an excellent track record. I would definitely buy from him again.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I am just getting back into playing after a 12 year layoff. I own other guitars as well and have also owned some other big names in the past and would put this Shine ST 420-F right in there with the "big boys". I would say that this guitar is definitely gig-worthy. The strap buttons are solid. The Grover tuners are very smooth and hold tuning flawlessly. The finish on the body and neck is excellent.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
This amazing little guitar was playable right out of the box, after tuning it of course. The neck is lightning fast and smooth. There were no adjustments necessary. All of the intonation is flawless. The tonal quality of the mahogany body and neck combined with the P-90 electronics give it versatility. There were no manufacturer flaws what'soever.
Features — 10
This guitar was made in South Korea by Saein Company who are an OEM for Epiphone and a few other larger companies. It is a semi-hollow body guitar with 2 F-holes. The body is about the size of a standard Les Paul. It has a thin neck with 22 jumbo frets. The body and neck are made of mahogany with a rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays. The finish is Honey Burst. The ST 420-F has a Tune O Matic bridge, 2 P-90 pick-ups, 2 volume, 2 tone controls, 3 way selector switch. It has a 24.75 inch set in neck with adjustable truss rod. It also comes with Grover tuners.