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I wanted something that would go between my stratocaster and Les Paul, and this pretty much does just that. The reasonable price makes this easily accessible, and the quality is above it's contemporaries. The stock sound desirable, but there were a few things I had issue with. The first was how muddy the signal got when I would roll back the main volume knob. I fixed this by installing a "treble bleed" kit from TV Jones. From then on, the volume knob was very useful to me. Depending on the style of music you're playing, the blacktop Filtertrons might be the perfect sound. I found them to be a kind of slightly "hairier" take on the classic Gretsch sound. They didn't have as much sparkle, but they had plenty of attitude. This proved to be a little much for some of the more delicate, ambient stuff I play from time to time. I still own mine but I have changed the pickups out to get a smoother response. The Bigsby tremolo is good, the tune-o-matic bridge had some rough edges which were resolved with a little bit of light filing. All around I'd recommend it for the price.
Had this a while now and I have to say it's a great guitar, sound wise to me it's the swamp dwelling mutant love child of a telecaster and les paul.....sounds great with crunchy od and distortion.
The bigsby isn't as extreme as other trem systems I've used and can take it's toil on tuning when over used. It certainly looks good though :)
Currently toying whether to use this in the 90's UK indie covers band I've just joined.