Posted on Oct 12 2017 02:15 PM
It's almost unfair, this video. Thanks Ivan for posting this, I hope the discussion is to be taken lightly, with good humor. It's only a product.
Admitting to being nowhere near a good player on any level myself... am I allowed to be an opinionated douche without even touching the thing?
Good demo that seems to translate very accurately. Simple settings, nice low reverb, clear and straight. IMHO, the presenter (what he said about the bridge and break angle was nonsense of course), by being somewhat uneducated on matters, but staying genuinely positively neutral and exciting as an office cubicle wall, exposed the simple truths of these guitars better than I thought possible in a video. If that was to be a comparison, the winner is so clear and shining, to my biased self. I know I'm not breaking grounds here, but it's fun to dissect.
That particular Fender Jazzmaster he's holding is gorgeous, and sounds dreamy like one would expect.
The G&L sounds like a weird Strat with modern/modified pickups. It's OK though, I guess there's a market for that. Not sure at this price, but still, sounds good. Capable. In the right hands, very few (initially well crafted) guitars that would suck.
If Wayne Kramer or Johnny Ramone or Ritchie or... had one of these back in the day or... this day, I'm sure they'd know what to do with it. It looks great for beginners too, un-threatening. Enough neutrality?
Visually, even if I could get over the bridge (which is most likely excellent by itself), the missing tremolo piece from this exposed great flat surface leaves an uncanny feeling of sadness and detachment.
Sure, somebody can get used to that. It could SURF. 'One' could also get used to being in jail.
Still, can't escape the feeling it generally gives the same aura as most Hollywood movies from the last 20 years - design by committee. Faking essence, as if combining one thing with another qualifies it as virtuous, just by being made. One testimony to the downfall of Post-Modernism. In other words - a mess, or an experiment. How to know? When you feel it's solely upon YOU to inject some soul into the thing.
I don't blame nobody, Fender did it first.
They will sell (many good dentist (*) dads etc. out there Could also really appeal to some daughters too), and I wish them and all guitar manufacturers in the world good luck. In this age, any kid that picks up an instrument, that is marginally unusual as this one, deserves encouragement and kudos. Still, I wish they weren't that afraid of random overtones.
I'm saying this to myself - and it's almost redundant and cliche but really not - Just make music, all the wonderful tools are out there, and these are great times, POTENTIALLY.
(*) Toothache right now, so...
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