Although a hard-tail, the provision of a Trembucker does slightly increase the pickup’s magnetic field, thus giving a more even pull to the strings and a more balanced sound. In practical terms, the basic hard rock tone is as close to perfect as you get at this price point.
There’s plenty of bite here, without chords becoming too harsh, and the sheer expanse of warmth is impressive. Gorgeous to play, this guitar genuinely possesses a Custom Shop vibe without the walletbusting asking price: good news in these cash-strapped times.
Pros: A great guitar with near-classic graphic.
Cons: The Duncans could possibly be too subdued for full-on metal styles.
Verdict: An extremely competitively priced guitar that offers a real Custom Shop vibe. The graphic also offers genuine air-brush work - impressive at the price.