ERG121 review by Yamaha

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  • Sound: 6
  • Overall Impression: 6
  • Reliability & Durability: 4
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 5
  • Reviewer's score: 5.8 Decent
  • Users' score: 7.6 (538 votes)
Yamaha: ERG121

Purchased from: Sound Control

Sound — 6
I play mostly with high gain distortion, through my Zoom G2.1u MFX pedal (which I hate) and a Behringer Blue Devil. When playing through this setup I can get an okay sound, if I play through a better setup I can get a surprisingly half decent sound out of the guitar. Don't use the amp that comes with the guitar though, it's rotten! Overall the sound is not great, but bearable.

Overall Impression — 6
Overall it's not bad for a beginner's guitar, the sound is okay, although it can be unreliable and the frets are very buzzy, it doesn't come through the amp though so it's not a big problem. If it were stolen or lost I definitely wouldn't buy it again but for my first guitar it has been okay.

Reliability & Durability — 4
I have used this guitar for playing live several times, and I have to admit it's been reliable enough in that aspect, although I have had problems with it and ended up having to get a pickup replaced, my local guitar shop did this free of charge so it wasn't too much of a problem. The finish is a bit shoddy, it scratches and chips really easily.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The guitar was set up okay when I got it, I had to adjust the action and pickups a bit but the setup was okay apart from that. The lead that came with the guitar was totally rubbish, same goes for the amp. Most issues I had with the guitar happened over the time I had it rather than when I first got it though.

Features — 5
I bought my ERG-121 a couple of years ago from Sound Control when I was first starting guitar. It is a Strat style guitar that comes in a starter pack (including a crappy 10W amp, a gig bag, a short lead which broke within the first month of me having the guitar, and a guitar book) aimed at beginner guitarists. It has a 22 fret neck, the neck is thin, which makes it easier to play for beginners. It has some sort of crappy plastic covering which chips really easily (although I am pretty clumsy to be fair). The pickups are a bit crap and my 5-way selector has really deteriorated in the last few months. Also, when I had been using the guitar for about 6 months the crappy plastic input jack totally fell out, not what I'd call reliable, but it's what you'd expect for a cheap beginner's guitar.

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    Remember picking one of these up, just thought 'What the hell, give it a try'. The bridge bucker was nice, but that was it. The rest was either a bit naff, or just plain cheap-feeling. Still, what do you expect for a 2nd hand 50 guitar with a few battle-scars?
    its not good am surprised it got over 3 the tone dose not all ways work a little bit of feed back more like loads ive got one you cant bear it after 30mins