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Good Guitar / Gash Amp
Member Name: AverageJoseph
Date: 20/03/12, updated on 20/03/12 (21 review reads)
Advantages: Playability, Build
Disadvantages: Amp, Book
This was my first electric guitar, purchased from an Argos catalogue about 8 years ago for around £135. Needless to say I was impressed with it, a fairly cheap, well made guitar in a crisp black finish (minimal cracking over time), brown fretboard with 22 frets, the standard white dot markers. The Strat-style body rests easily against your body, (which reminds me, a strap wasn't included in my kit, but this may have changed) with HSH pikcups and 2 dials, one for volume and a second for tone. It also has a rather unnecessarily large range, 5 way selector which makes minimal difference to the sound, considering the amp. This amp is by far the worst part of this package: a tiny 15 Watt cube with only 3 dials - volume, treble & bass. It also has a terrible on/off clean/drive switch for both ends of the sound spectrum and nothing in between. Then theres the standard 2 jacks, for guitar and headphones and of course a power switch. On the bright side, it has a handy strap on the top so you can carry it around - not that you'd want to show it in public.
The packs vary in what is included, available from all sorts of retailers, so this review is based on the Argos set. You'll receive the instructional CD which you can use as a tuner, and also offers little training. The book is what you'd expect it to be, full of old 'classics' that todays guitarist doesn't want to learn so don't expect anything outside the 60-70s. On the other hand it does contain some valuable information such as chord diagrams and standard guitar help and instructions. You'll also get the very useful, very well made, soft guitar zip case - an item that I use to this day. Inside it you get allen keys, a guitar jack and a much loved, but quickly outgrown, whammy bar to mess about with. Like I said, you'll want to check the package that you're buying because there are quite a few differences as some include guitar tuners, picks, straps, books, dvd's, strings and even replacement bolts and screws.
The guitar itself is super easy to use for a beginner, especially when using super slinky guitar strings. The sound, based on the amp included, is really nothing special, being quite hollow and scratchy as the amp can give a little bit of bad feedback. It can still reach a decent volume but you'll really have to mess around with the dials to get a preferred sound and even then its sub par. I can say that on a better amp, the guitar can pack a much larger punch, so regardless of if you are a beginner or buying for one, I would strongly suggest getting the guitar on its own (it can be found new and second hand for between £50-100) and finding all the accessories yourself. However if the interest in the guitar is minimal and only a little hobby, then this kit is certainly worth what I paid.
Summary: Good for beginners and no one else