G-Force review by Stagg

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 8.2 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.2 (23 votes)
Stagg: G-Force
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Price paid: $ 146.4

Purchased from: My mate

Sound — 8
I'm in a metal/screamo band (called Awaiting The Flame) and we play a range of music mostly metal. It suits metal to the letter. I've currently got Ernie Ball custom gauge strings on it (56-12) and it holds them brilliantly; which really is a good thing when you want to de-tune. I use a Marshall MGCD15 amp and a Boss Metal Zone MT-2 pedal and with the heavy strings it makes a decent metal bassy sound. However on clean it can be hard to use because of the thickness of the neck maing it hard to reach some chords. In terms of effects and the like, it's pretty easy to do sounds like harmonics and pickscrapes as the strigns aren't too close together. Combined with my amp and the right settings on the tone and volume controls it can deliver quite a whole and bassy sound.

Overall Impression — 9
In all this guitar suits metal (or to an extent, punk) perfectly with its standout paint job and body. It can be used for a nice deep clean sound but it can make complex chord hard to play sometimes. I have been playing since the end of November 2005 and in that time this has been my only electric guitar and I haven't complained about it once. I have an 3/4 size acoustic guitar that I bought from Argos when I started playing (17:P) and an E-Ros 12 string acoustic guitar but I prefer this guitar much more. When I first bought it I had no idea what guitar I was buying, just that it was electric and had 6 strings and when my friend came down the stairs with it I had to have it just based on first impressions. Granted it wasn't the best guitar for a beginner to start with but now that I have gotten used to it I'm gald I did start with it as now I can handle basically any guitar with ease. However if I could change one thing on it I would give it some EMG or Nailbomb pickups to make it sound even better although the pickups on it are fine.

Reliability & Durability — 8
I have been told buy the guy I bought it from that when he used it live (to play a punk set) that it was fairly sturdy and he played a smooth no-problems set with it. With it's third birthday just gone, the chrome hardware is completely intact (possibly due to the amount of care I take) and has with stood a few drops in the past completely on behalf of my clumsiness and it still runs nicely. The strap buttons have lasted just as well as the other hardware pieces but I would have to recommend strap-locks as it's a pretty heavy guitar and the pipes on the end can make it swing out a tad. The finish has come of a bit on the points of the V but that's due to the fact the gig bag that was designed for it is very uncomfortable to have on your back and so I use the handle and it often scrapes the pavement. Also the bag is shoeing signs of stress on the handle's stitching. Besides my carelessness the finish has not succumbed to "fingerprint erosion."

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
I have no idea how the guitar was when it was made as I bouoght it from a friend but when he sold me it one of the volume controls was a tad loose but that may have been to do with neglect (and the fact he kept it on the top of his dusty cupboard probably didn't help. But besides that everything is in line and works aceptionally.

Features — 7
22 frets, rosewood fingerboard, laminated finish, hardwood body, hard maple neck, Flying V style body, Tune-O-Matic bridge, passive electronics, 3-way toggle switch, 2 volume controls, 1 tone controls, 2 humbuckers, chrome hardware, Die-cast chrome, in-line.

42 comments sorted by best / new / date

    radicalrob
    I have the tele version, in orange racing stripe and I changed one of the the pickups to a gibson(marked) and it rocks, severely, although there is nothing wrong with the original pickup(s). The bound neck is a big plus, and I love the longer scale neck as well. I, also, added a kahler locking nut and tremolo (NOT through the body...more like a gibson style Kahler, and matching strap. Everyone loves it and it is a dream to play and I can pull it out of the case after months and it is still in tune. I have had it for years and played it out on more than several occasions. It's pretty damned nice. As for those pipes on the V style, I would yank that trash in a minute, sorry, it just looks kicky...but that's my opinion. And...ALL V's are hard to play sitting down, not just the stagg.
    sirgaz88
    i entered a guitar hero competition around christmas in a pub near where i live and came second. but the first price was apparently a custom flying v worth 2000! turns out it was this piece of crap! con-merchants! glad i didnt win tbh.
    premstagg
    Gitarrenspieler wrote: if the pickups suck then switch them out jackass. get a dimebucker for the bridge and something good for rhythyms at the neck. or EMGs. those would be good my friend has them in his Reverend V guitar.
    I never said I didn't JACKASS!
    Amroth
    As much as V's go, this is the ugliest by far. I'm slightly skeptical when looking at Stagg as a brand because a lot of crap has been made by those guys.
    Zwart
    you can pull out the pipes and the pickups are fine if ajust them right
    treiso
    Serjem : woah... the most "ugly" guitar i've ever seen... looks like a formula-1 racing car :/
    Well Don't F-1 cars look cool?! And personally, I think it deserves the title of Skankin'!!
    treiso
    Serjem : woah... the most "ugly" guitar i've ever seen... looks like a formula-1 racing car :/
    Well don't F-1 cars look cool?! And personally I think it deserves the title of Skankin'!!
    stafford5150
    that is one good looking guitar..... NOT! (yea i watched borat last night) dont they do that in orange too? that must prove there is a way to make this guitar look worse than it already is.
    Korzack
    Haha maybe Stagg should do endoresments with GP teams - this thing in Ferrari Red'll be the sort of thing you'll wanna hang up on the wall, but never go near actually playing.
    Demonikk
    Man that thing looks worse than anything I've ever seen. Is this aimed at the 'Wacky Races fan' niche by any chance?
    paratrooperrafa
    I have the orange version of this guitar It sounds really cool and has the killer looks of a race car with the stripes , the four escape tubes , combined with a Metal Master pedal I fell in love of this guitar
    Mathew_McDonald
    i have the orange version of this guitar, it looks and sounds cool to me, but it is very awquard to play while sat down, and even stud up its abit awquard. the pick ups are rather rubbish though, my screw socket came loose so it wobles abit, but apart from that its a good guitar
    rrlegend
    yeah i own one of these. i got it for parts but decided to keep it. the pick ups have a nice heavy bass sound in neck position bridge seems to be abit too tiny. oh yeah i got the orange one too
    rv_phoenix
    Playing the guitar doesn't mean fun, but, eventually, pleasure. Is this a guitar or a circus toy? I haven't seen something more ridiculous in the guitar world since Aria's World Cup guitar! ... And it received an 8,2, which makes it equal to Fenders, PRSs and Gibsons! Good Lord!
    Serjem
    woah... the most "ugly" guitar i've ever seen... looks like a formula-1 racing car :/
    guitarmakerpugh
    if i bought that guitar, i would put some kind of model rocket feul thingy in the pipe, and make it go off while i was playing, that would be pretty fricken awesome.
    radicalrob
    rvphoenix , Sir....I've seen worse on fender guitars, prs's, gibsons, almost any brand. A guitar is what you make it smart guy. You can change pickups, necks, pickguards, pots, bridges, saddles, knobs, strings, tuners, and capacitors until you achieve the sound you want and add and subtract anything you like. Just because YOU think it is a toy (and yes those pipes look jicky like I said)doesn't mean it is. What a limited mind you have.
    radicalrob
    BTW, how about gibson's robot and tuxedo SG guitars. To quote you "GOOD LORD!!!" I could name something from almost ANY manufacturer. That 8.2 is well earned. The fit is perfect. The paint job is perfect, and I love the checkerboard inlay (and it is not a cheap inlay either, like a lot of cheap china piles of crap). And if you don't equate fun with pleasure, then you are not playing it right. I get a lot of pleasure from having fun with my guitar every time I play for an audience and even while practicing. If it isn't fun to you, then buy all means stop, move on and do something else with your life. After owning almost every kind of guitar there is, I have 18 I love to play and have FUN with. Everything from Gibsons to Fenders, to PRS's, to Staggs, Epiphone's, Agile's, Ricki's and 2 custom builts, along with several more. Tele's SG's, LP's, Strats, 335's, LP wannabe's (like PRS), you name it. They are ALL fun to play, and almost every one gets a REAL guitar player up to my stage to have a look at what I dragged out that night. And I derive pleasure each and every time I play, period AND it is fun, no matter which one I pull out for the evening or day. If it isn't for you, or your guitars aren't fun for you, that is your problem. Your statements really don't make any sense at all.
    RandellScott
    Stag is great guitars. Any one that say a guitar has to cost a lot to be great no. But they are made better. But a lot of cheap guitars play very well. It is the hands that make the guitar not name and price.
    Y00p
    Well, apart from the fact that they found a way to make a V even more uncomfortable sitting down, I actually think it's fugly...
    _3Lm0_
    if i could find it i would give it a go, maybe buy it and change out the pickups and maybe paint.
    meh...
    yh lol, they will just ruin the aspect of sitting down and playing
    -heartbreaker-
    they have it at my local shop it looks like a joke for little kids and its got ridiculous exaust pipes they also come with shit pickups
    runstendt
    While this particular guitar did not suit my playing style, I have found Stagg in general to make an excellent inexpensive guitar. I have a Stagg PRS copy that outplays one of my friend's actual PRS. I have played guitar for about 12 years, and have played many different guitars. I have found Stagg to be just as good if not better than any of the major name brand guitars. My Stagg becomes a natural extension of my arm when I play, which is what a great guitar is supposed to do.
    premstagg
    I have to say you can sit down and play it and it isnt that uncomfortable. The pipes actually help to balance it out And yeh the pickups that come with it are pretty naff :|
    Gitarrenspieler
    if the pickups suck then switch them out jackass. get a dimebucker for the bridge and something good for rhythyms at the neck. or EMGs. those would be good my friend has them in his Reverend V guitar.
    tinivole
    Ok, first to clear the air (if any...) yes, Stagg aren't exactly the brand with the best reputation, but what i find notable is that they improve with age... ideally the more years you've kept it in one piece while still thrashing it against every conceivable wall surrounding you, the better tonality and quality. though I tend to stick to my Vintage PRS, Aria Pro-II Les Paul copy and my LAG (My style sways more towards the progressive grunge style of music) but if my writings go on a heavy side, My Stagg Strat fits the part perfectly, seven years of blitz perfected by slapping on a gauge 12 set and dropping it down to C#-G#-C#-F#-A-C#... All because each scratch, each drop, each hammer dent, each trip up and slamming into a concrete wall (and lets not forget the passing out and falling 7ft off stage act ) neways, all these hav an acute effect on tone, but mount it all up and it builds to its own unique tone... slowly, but immense when it gets there. Arguably, all guitars go through this, and each develop its own unique tone according to how the user treats it. But... and this is a big but. None can really mount up to the durability that Stagg's battery guitars* have. The only time when I've seen a guitarist give up trying to break a guitar on stage was when he was trying to break a Stagg. Anyway, in short... Stagg is recommended only for first-time buyers of guitars, because it grows into your style of playing extremely well, and is durable to extreme extents, that you will despise the sight of it long before it will likely break. ...And for critics and guitar lovers. I say sod off and stroke that PRS 20th Anniversary Custom somewhere else. I'm trying to learning 'The Offspring' (Good ol' days ) *referencing stagg guitars to battery hens (because the comparison is there ;P)
    tinivole
    ***Correction from previous*** Stagg is recommended only for first-time buyers, because it grows into your style of playing. Whereas guitarists who have played for a good 5+ years won't enjoy it because of the time it takes to morph to their style.
    tinivole
    Its a crawl before you walk guitar to start you off learning... if you buy it for any other reason, well, then your really stupid, then, aren't you???
    GEARS_OF_DETH
    yeah i seen this crap at my local guitar shop nobody has bought it yet ...i think its a big joke with those pipes out of it and what not
    Fretman777
    Clearly none of you have played one...since when did playing guitar become about how good it looks, queer ? It's different, if u don't like it then deal with it but for me it was a great surprise coming from stagg, I have played on stage with some world class musicians and I can offer my opinion on it. It's great ! Don't judge a book by its cover