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pict Buying Instruments Online (13) RE: Buying Instruments Online 25 Dec 00

I've got a Samick active fretless bass and a solid spruce top acoustic.The bass is great, well made,nice finish and good hardware.The acoustic is well constructed no excess glue on the linings or such the finish is high gloss which is really a matter of taste the position marker are ugly big oval things and it looks like you can see glue at the edges of them but they are perfectly smooth to play on and the scratch plate has a little bump at the edge which won't flatten out maybe some dust got under at the factory and it took the stickiness off of the scratchplate adhesive.It has an ash laminate back and sides looks great but it really sounds amazing and I mean astoundingly good for a 250 pounds guitar far better than 1200 pound Takemine and such like I couldn't believe it when I heard it and I only played it because my dealer said he thought Samick made good instruments for cheap.

However I tried a 335 copy and a big bodied jazz semi and I definitely was not impressed the 335 copy sounded pretty crappy and the inside had lots of glue run and shoddy workmanship although it looked more presentable on the outside.The big jazz semi sounded fairly mediocre but felt quite good to play on but when I looked closely there was quite an untidy finish blurred staining and poorly applied laquer etc hope this helps.

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