Price paid: € 150
Purchased from: Ebay
Sound — 9
In general, the guitar has the rich sound of a solid body guitar, with the bright sound of a doublecut electric. To my opinion, whatever music style you want to play, or whatever pickup you select, you should not bring down the tone know to 0, because it has such a dull sound to it when you do so. Not my taste. An open tone knob gives the guitar definately more action. The neck pickup gives a very soft sound, the middle is a the same and the neck humbucker is one powerful rocker. So in the front pickup position it is very suitable for country and blues with the tone knob open. The middle pickup is a bit similar, but it has like a bit more of an acoustic touch to it of you don't distort it. Ideal for acoustic songs. Than there's the bridge humbucker. This one has a very powerful sound, with just a slight bit of gain you'll blow any other cheap guitar away playing some rock 'n roll. I call it my rock 'n roll pickup :) Also really cool for old school rock. More gain gives you a very heavy sound very suitabe for metal or hardcore. Worth mentioning is the fact that there's absolutely coming no rustle or interruption coming out of the pickups or amp at all. But it's not refined like a Gibson or PRS, but for it's price it's very good.
Overall Impression — 9
This is perfect for me. I have it to take with me to university and back at home I have my Gibson. A guitar this cheap won't be stolen easily and if it is, it's not a great loss. I preferred Yamaha over Squier because Yamaha has a stronger sound and more rock/rock 'n roll. You get a good bang for your buck (litterally) and it's just a beautifully chaped guitar. At this moment, it's a perfect match with me, but if it were stolen, and I still have all the other parts, it's foolish to buy the packageagain, so I'd go for an other model. A Pacifica 112 maybe or a Dean Vendetta 1\.0 CBK or maybe I'd want another guitar by than. So I've been playing for 2.5 years now and I own an Art & Lutherie single cutaway wild cherrywood guitar. and later I bought a Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom with 3 humbucker pickups (guitar of the week 47, 2007, limited to 400 examples). Now, 3 months later I bought this Yamaha for University.
Reliability & Durability — 7
This is a practice guitar and is not suitable to be played Live with. The sound isn't refined for that. Therefore I have a Gibson. I think this guitar is not made to last, but made to be cheap and good for its price, which it is. The parts could rust and the strings aren't that good quality neither. I don't wanna rely on that strap neither, cause of the weight of the guitar.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
So the pickups were brought close to the strings, for some fine action and the setup was already done at the factory, as this guitar is aimed at starters. (though it's great for advanced guitarists too). The neck is bolt-on and the pickguard, knobs, pickups, tremolo arm end and swich are made of cheap plastic. The whole thing looks smooth though. The strings on the other hand feel rather unsmooth. The body is shiny black (only color available) and the neck is just (well) planed maple. The nut is made of cheap black plastic, something I really didn't wanna see. one bad thing worth mentioning is the fact that even though my EG-012 is Brand New, the bottom part of the tremolo arm, which is screwed into the bridge, shows a bit of rusty color, which could be rust, but it feels like it could be lubricating oil.
Features — 9
The EG-012 is a superstrat, so the machine heads are 6-in-line as the headstock resembles the Fender headstock. It has 22 frets, but for the rest very little information is know about this guitar. The body is made of alder and the neck is maple, and it is considerably heavier than a Fender or Squier. It has a tremolo bridge, similar to the ones featured on Squier Strats. The sound comes from 3 pickups, 2 single coils inthe neck and middle position and 1 humbucker in the bridge position. There's a 5 way switch to select the pickups you want. There's 1 master tone knob and 1 volume knob. A pickguard is featured and the cable input jack is on the bottom right of the body, like on a Les Paul. This guitar is always sold in a complete package, in contrary to it's close brother, the EG-112 which can be bought apart. The package also Features a decent 15-watts amp, the Yamaha GA-15, featuring distorted and clear sound. Than, there's a cable, which is clearly cheap and thin, but never had any problems with it though. There's also plectrums, 2 sets of reserve strings, a crap tuner (get a decent one), and a strap, which is too weak (cheap) for this rather heavy guitar in my opinion. A good thing is that it comes with a shoulder bag. There's also a setup key and a strange black I-don't-know-what-it-is... But for it's price, it's very well equipped.