I don't normally buy guitars for their looks. As someone who writes music rather than performs it, what I am really looking for is the widest sound palette possible.
But, it has to be said, this guitar was bought primarily for its looks - I have always wanted that horned Jerry SG look for less than $10,000 - and this is a lot less than $10,000, although you couldn't probably tell that from playing it.
I wasn't involved in the ordering process, but my wife says Fred was just magnificent. I just came in at the gimmee, gimmee! phase.
Well, it sure is spectacularly beautiful and it feels like tens of thousands of dollars to the touch - it has the lowest action I have ever played, and the construction of a guitar has to be made with precision for that. And it arrived in tune: never had that before!
The basic sound is exactly what I expected it to be from the demos: to my ears, a mix of a Les Paul and a Gretsch, with that truncated Jerry Garcia super-articulation.
I knew what I wanted to record with it and there was that spot-on sound straight out of the box. I haven't used the OBEL loop-the-loop thing, but as I am not performing live, it's not that essential. Still, it's a kick and I may well buy the OBEL peddle anyway, just because.
Just such a gorgeous, well-made guitar, and frankly a better guitar than I would ever aspire to. It's action is so low, in fact, that it keeps tripping me up until I can get used to it.
It's been a wonderful experience from ordering it to playing it, and my wife insists on buying another one from PHRED next year - the Trey hollow-bodied guitar in natural wood.
Oh OK, if we have to ...
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