I'm not sure how to articulate just how impressed I am with my Liger. I am absolutely blown away by the value. The tone is phenomenal - I opted for the brass nut and a Super 2 in the middle position, but the stock pickups sound good as well. I have recently been playing a Strat into a Fender Twin which has allowed me to approximate a pretty decent Jerry tone, but plugging the Liger into my rig - without changing anything - brings me significantly closer, it's crazy. The ebony fretboard is amazing, the neck feels great, the guitar is heavy, solid, and balanced. Very impressed with the natural sustain and the tech who set it up is a straight up luthier, a pro - and it comes through. It's also gorgeous. The sculpted body is gorgeous. The stain is beautiful, with the wood grain really coming through. A weird comparison, but when you see someone that you thought was attractive in a picture anyways, but then you see them in person and they are even better looking? It's sort of like that. If you're on the fence go for it. I can't think of many other opportunities to get as good of a deal. It's a no brainer. Hats off to Freddy and his team for doing what I thought could never be done.
I just wanted to thank you for everything. The guitar is beautiful and sounds fantastic. I couldn't ask for more for the price. I think the grin on my face says it all. I saw you have a lighting bolt now. That maybe down the road. I would recommend your guitars to anyone.
Nice action. Lower than my Ibanez Artist and that feels like butter. Good intonation. Beautiful headstock even before the decal was added. Wonderful fretboard with smooth inlay. Ebony isn't expected at this price point. Nice upgrade to a bone nut over plastic BTW. Lightweight overall and a back saver. Big strap pegs, negating the need to install the gold schaller locks I bought for it in advance. Warm sound but still crisp with bridge pickup on. Clean, knot free mahogany. Nice high gloss finish. Quite electronics (no hum, no scratchy pots). Overall, well worth the price.
What I can say about Phred Instruments beyond what you see and hear online from the many other satisfied guitarists using one. Well, that would be the FEEL of these guitars, they are just so playable! Having a handcrafted instrument in my collection that cost ten times more, the very affordable Deadbolt is every bit as functional and easy to play... and much lighter too. Of course, for a serious player, there is always room for upgrades, but I must say that the sound that this guitar produces right out of the box is comparable to a much higher-end instrument. I've been using it completely stock and just love its tone and playability. To me a good guitar is determined by the way it makes me play, leaving nothing between me and the instrument. The Phred Deadbolt has all the Mojo I need to achieve a higher level of playing. Order one today, you'll be glad that you did! Tom San Filippo Half Step / Tiger Rose
I've had this guitar for several months now, and I absolutely love it! I mainly played a Stratocaster before getting this guitar, but I was looking for a jazzier, hollow body guitar. Of course, I always loved the look of Trey Anastasio's guitar because it was the best of both worlds! Basically, it's a hollowed out strat! I decided to check a chance on Phred after hearing of them in an online forum. As soon as I got the guitar, I was in love. It plays really really well out of the box. I did have to do some intonation fixes (adjusted the bridge placement just a hair), but that's pretty standard after getting a guitar shipped to you. Aside from that, I just had to plug it in and play! It should also be noted that I asked for slightly thicker strings (for jazz) and that could have messed with their usual guitar set-up. It has such a warm tone that is so unique. The totally hollow body feels so weird (in an awesome way) and is really fun to play without plugging in. My only complaint is that the stock pickups are really just ehh. They're not the worst pick-ups ever, but they definitely don't let the guitar release it's full potential. I love this guitar. I can't recommend it enough to somebody looking for a more adaptable hollow-body guitar.
I've had my PH One for just two days now and I am blown away! I've bought far more expensive guitars that pale in comparison. The only minor thing is that the pickups need adjusted a bit, but that's no biggie and I've had to do a hell of a lot more to set up pretty much every other guitar I've ever purchased. Speaking of which, the set-up done before shipping was very well done. I've made a few little tweaks, but it pretty much came ready to rock! I'm a huge Strat fan who was looking for something with a bit more growl to it. So the split coils are basically my dream come true! I will definitely be buying here again in the future. Thank you very much for doing such a great job!
The Ernesto VH3 far exceeded my expectations. I went in blind getting this guitar, and for it's price point, it is fantastic. I was able to use this guitar right out of the box. The next day with very minimal adjustments (one string's action). I am actually planning on buying a 2nd as an onstage backup.
With nine different pickup combos, it's pretty easy to find variations on those classic Gibson sounds as well as tones for settings from Jimmy Nolen funk to creamy classic-rock leads. The DockStar's humbuckers might be just a bit hot for those who are purists about vintage humbucker tones - especially the bridge pickup. Interestingly, the extra bite reacted well to various overdrive and distortion pedals, but it lacks a little some of the airy character that I like in low-output humbuckers. The neck pickup has a unique roundness - evoking tones somewhere between Larry Carlton and B.B. King - that is especially well suited for a cranked TS-style stomp and a clean amp. Jason Shadrick Premier Guitar Magazine Read the full review at Premier Guitar Online
When I first received my Koa I was truly shocked how beautiful it was. I really didn't know what to expect. I purchased the upgraded version (pick-ups 59's, tuning heads, and wiring, i kept the bone nut) as I want to see the full versatility and tone spectrum. I have been playing guitar for 20 years and only ever played with one electric. A 1974 Les Paul Custom. I have been become so used to this guitar I was worried that i wouldn't like the Koa in comparison. The bottom line: Customer Service: Fred was awesome. Personally answered many questions was extremely nice and it seems he really cares about doing good business. Always a good first sign, he also got the guitar to me in time for a big gig. It arrived a few dyas before. Total buy to receive time was about 30 days. Quality: For the price you are getting a very good build. Of course its not a vintage guitar from the 60's or 70's but you should not expect that. Comes with a great case. I wish teh wires were not visible but I got over that quickly. Feel: Being used to the Les Paul I was at first, nervous. The neck is wider and deeper and also longer. I have owned the guitar about 90 days, and played one gig and many hours of rehearsal and I really like the feel. Somedays I actually prefer it over the Les Paul. I had it set up by my guy and even lowered the action a tiny bit more. The one thing I noticed was that the floating bridge was set up a tad off. The high E was falling off the neck and it was very annoying. I put heavier strings on 11 gauge and the extra tension and professional setup seems to have fixed this issue of it sliding around. Tone: This is where I have been pretty blown away. I often switch back and forth from the LP and Koa to compare. At first I had some issues with feedback and finding the sweet spots but now I am really hitting a groove. The sustain is really amazing. I play through a 74 Twin Reverb and two tube screamers, I have a boss compressor but do not use it all the time because I hate losing the tone. The sweet spots of the hollow-body is a new thing for me, and there is no mistaking, once you find it you realize you have a guitar that can do things that the solid body cannot. i feel bad even saying that. The coil taps make it very versatile but I admit I usually go between bridge and neck. The bridge has serious bite and really has that vintage Trey tone. The neck also has a beautiful tone for chords and for fuller jazzier sounds. Overall: I am keeping it. The more I play it the more I like it. Very happy and now thinking about the Liger! Jay from Boomsoss! Jason DeAmato
This guitar is awesome. The achievable tone with this thing is outstanding. The neck feels really great and its plays really quick. Customer service was also great with quick response times and a friendly attitude. I would recommend this guitar to any Trey/Phish fans. Great guitar. Great customer service. Two thumbs up.
I just received it yesterday and man o man! I'm super surprised! For the $ I was expecting Something playable but never thought I'd be hanging it on the wall proudly next to my other guitars! I really really like this thing. The quality of the woods is way beyond other guitars in its price range. The craftsmanship is right on the $. It plays great right out of the box, so it was obviously setup prior to shipping. The pickups surprisingly sound damn good, and the pots and switch all operate cleanly and quietly. Let me tell you, I will be buying another if not multiple other Phred Instrument guitars, and definitely will be recommending them to my students. I can't believe that this thing is 4 - 7 times less expensive than the other guitars I have on my wall!!
Today I've fallen in love with my DeadBolt. It came at 11:30 this morning. I was making lunch I opened it and put it on a stand and ate looking at it. About 12:15 I started playing it and did not stop for 2 and a half hours. When my bro showed up he started playing it and wants one. I played it on my vibro champ first then my pro reverb then my hot rod deluxe sounded great on all three best on the deluxe. The tuners work great the pickups sound as good as the 3 paf humbuckers on my 76 Les Paul Custom. Well my first opinion is it was well worth waiting for. Thanks for making this guitar. A pleasure doing Business with you.
Totally worth the wait! I couldn't imagine what this was gonna turn out to be, but it exceeded my expectations in every way. My initial thoughts were to put some super 2s in there, but these pickups are just fine. I think I'm just going to play and enjoy. Thanks again for such a great guitar!
Sonically, the VH3 is very rich indeed. The neck pickup is super sweet, and the ability to split the coils really opens up the tonal choices. The bridge pickup has plenty of bite and sustain, even in single coil mode. Truthfully, we were surprised at just how good this instrument sounded, given its price point. It's the sum of the features that really makes this a unique and versatile guitar. For players who get bored with tones easily, this could be the cure. It might be hard to get a non-Phish/Trey fan to check it out, but it's well worth a look for guitarists interested in a semi-hollow or fully hollow thinline. Chris Devine Performer Magazine http://performermag.com/instruments-and-gear/instruments/guitars-amps/phred-ernesto-vh3-guitar-review/
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