Product Type: Encore guitars and bass guitars
Newest Review: ... quite shiny, though it has a few scratches from being in the skip. The neck is also painted black and feels strong and sturdy. The action ... more
Great for beginners to guitars, but not great.
Member Name: lozzyjay
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I bought my Encore KC3 on eBay for £100 about 4 years ago. It came in a starter pack, which included a guitar case, a strap, and a small BB Blaster 15watt practise amplifier. It basically contained everything that a beginner could possibly need, and for a relatively cheap price too!
The BB Blaster amplifier is definitely not a great model of amplifier, more of a practise, beginner amplifier. There are two sockets, one to plug in headphones if you wish, and the other one plugs in the lead from the guitar. There is an on/off button too. There are four knobs on the amplifier. The first of these controls the volume at which the sound comes out. Beef increases or decreases the amount of distortion of the sound. There's also another button with "ZAP!" written above it. This makes the sound blast out a little louder, the instruction manual just says "press this for more ZAP!" which is not the most helpful description! Tweak is used to alter the overall tone of the guitar. In the anticlockwise position you hear more of the midrange tones, and by turning it towards the clockwise position, you increase the bass and treble, and hear less of the midrange tones.
I bought my guitar in a bright red colour, and when I first saw it I was extremely pleased. It looked to be of excellent quality, and is a standard Fender Stratocaster copy. In picking the guitar out of the box I immediately noticed how heavy it was! I am not a very strong person so it was a lot heavier than I expected! I did actually have to buy a new guitar strap later on, as the weight of the guitar actually occasionally caused the guitar to fall out of the strap and onto my foot! The new strap was a lot stronger and I didn't have this problem again!
The guitar comes with 3 single coil pickups, a 5 way selector switch and a tremolo arm. It has 21 frets and a volume and two tone controls. It has a maple neck and the fretboard is rosewood, and it doesn't easily scratch, I have no scratches on the fretboard at all and I've owned this guitar for years!
One downside is that the guitar goes out of tune ridiculously easily! I only have to look at it and it's out of tune! The reason for this is due to the non-locking bridge, so as soon as you use the tremolo arm, you have to retune your guitar, which does get annoying. Sometimes the guitar has even gone out of tune mid-way through a song! As I only play casually once a week or so, it isn't too much of a problem for me.
I broke a string, and changing the strings was fairly simple to do, after searching for a Youtube video with instructions of how to do so. After changing the strings to the highest quality ones I could find I found that the guitar was a big better at staying in tune, but I still had a few problems!
The dials actually scratch the body of the guitar, which you can feel and hear when turning them.
The sound of the guitar is average, I guess. I've played much better guitars that have a much nicer sound to them, but this is ok for just practising. This is not a guitar that is suited for playing metal, or punk, but for anything else it is satisfactory.
I would say that this is mostly a guitar for practising, and definitely not one to use for performing or gigs, it would probably go out of tune half-way through!
If you're serious about learning to play guitar then don't buy this guitar! If you're just starting and want to know if you actually like guitar before spending a huge amount of money, then this is the one for you!
Summary: Good for beginners