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Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar  

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Featuring Epiphone ceramic open-coil humbuckers.

Epiphone presents the new Ltd. Ed. SG-Special-I, a great way for new players to get started on electric guitar at a price anyone can afford. The SG-Special-1 has the same classic “SG” tone, look, and feel that’s gone virtually unchanged over 50 years and players from all genres around the world recognize the “SG” as a one of the best and most distinctive electric guitars ever made. But seasoned pros will also love the new Ltd. Ed. SG Special-1 for its powerful Ceramic Open Coil humbuckers and smooth easy-to-play Mahogany SlimTaperTM neck.  Plus, the Ltd. Ed. SG-Special-1 comes in three beautiful classic color finishes, Cherry, Ebony, and Pelham Blue.

The Ltd. Ed. SG Special-1 joins the fan-favorite Special-1 Series designed to bring superior sound and historic Epiphone-style to players just starting out as well as to veterans who want a “workhorse” guitar to take on the road that’s lightweight but makes no compromise in electronics and hardware.
 
The “SG” profile is one of the most recognized in rock & roll.  First introduced in the early 1960s, “SG” guitars have been the driving force behind Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, jam bands, and British rock.  And now with the Ltd. Ed. SG-Special-I, Epiphone fans around the world can enjoy owning and playing a real Epiphone “SG” at a great price. 
 
The Ltd. Ed. SG Special-1 has a Mahogany body cut to the historic SG profile and a bolt-on Mahogany neck featuring the same SlimTaperTM profile enjoyed by owners of iconic Epiphones like the Les Paul Standard and the Casino.  The Mahogany neck has a Rosewood fingerboard with 22 easy-to-press medium jumbo frets with pearloid dot inlays, just like vintage SGs.  Even though new players might favor the Ltd. Ed. SG Special-1, this SG boasts many of the same specifications found on all SGs including 1.68” nut and a 24.75” scale length.
 
The new Ltd. Ed. SG Special-1 is powered by an Epiphone Ceramic 700TTM Open Coil humbucker in the bridge or lead position and an Epiphone Ceramic 650RTM Open Coil humbucker in the neck or rhythm position.  Ceramic pickups have been a favorite of Hard Rock and Metal players for decades. Ceramic magnets became more readily available in the late 60s and early 70s just as guitar players were incorporating overdrive and distortion into their sound. Ceramic pickups have a sharp, articulate, and saturated tone that’s a perfect compliment to the SG Special-1’s Mahogany body. Pickup selection is made via a standard 3-way pickup selector and controls include Master Volume and Master Tone, both with classic Black “Speed” Knobs. 
 
The Ltd. Ed. SG-Special I has Epiphone’s world renown rock-solid hardware including a heavy duty 1/4” jack, easy-turning machine heads with a pro 15:1 tuning ratio, and a classic wrap-around bridge and tailpiece compensated for reliable intonation. 
 


FEATURES
Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: '60s SlimTaper D
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75 in.
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12 in.
  • Fret size: Medium
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.68 in. (42.67 mm)
Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: 650R
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: 700T
  • Brand: Epiphone
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Wraparound
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Deluxe sealed
  • Color: Chrome
Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Body finish
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: China

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EpiphoneLimited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 25 reviews)

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    (16)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Good tone (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Recording (4)
  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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    • Experienced (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (18), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

What a Rock & Roll Machine!

I have been without an SG for too many years! I started playing Strats and Teles, and moved away from my SG's. So I thought I'd take a chance on this Epi. I'd...Read complete review

I have been without an SG for too many years! I started playing Strats and Teles, and moved away from my SG's. So I thought I'd take a chance on this Epi. I'd forgotten what a rock and roll machine an SG is... this thing is a blast to play! The neck is straight and the frets are level with smooth ends, and the strings are properly lined up on the fretboard. Everything works, and there are no finish blemishes or flaws in workmanship. I don't care for the slick finish on the back of the neck, but some folks like them that way. The tuners are economy jobs, but they function and can be replaced if desired. The truss rod turns freely, although it was backed out as far as the access hole would permit. After a setup, all was well, except for a slightly flat intonation on the "A" string, and the bridge/saddle cannot move any closer. This thing sounds great through a tube amp, rock and roll heaven! And oh yes, first order of business, change the strings.

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Nice Beginner Instrument

This is a nice beginner electric guitar on a budget. The neck is slim and narrow which makes it easy to play. The string action is very low which caused some fret buzz....Read complete review

This is a nice beginner electric guitar on a budget. The neck is slim and narrow which makes it easy to play. The string action is very low which caused some fret buzz. Easily adjusted out with a simple truss rod adjustment. The machine head tuner are cheap which caused the strings it to go out of tune quickly. I installed a set of Grover machine heads and problem solved. The red finish is flawless with shiny chrome hardware. GREAT PRICE, BUY IT!

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(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

What a Rock & Roll Machine!

By Jimmy J

from Way up North

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Pros

  • Comfortable to play
  • Good fit & finish
  • Nice neck

Cons

  • Slight intonation problem on "A" string

Best Uses

  • Rock & Roll

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar:

I have been without an SG for too many years! I started playing Strats and Teles, and moved away from my SG's. So I thought I'd take a chance on this Epi. I'd forgotten what a rock and roll machine an SG is... this thing is a blast to play! The neck is straight and the frets are level with smooth ends, and the strings are properly lined up on the fretboard. Everything works, and there are no finish blemishes or flaws in workmanship. I don't care for the slick finish on the back of the neck, but some folks like them that way. The tuners are economy jobs, but they function and can be replaced if desired. The truss rod turns freely, although it was backed out as far as the access hole would permit. After a setup, all was well, except for a slightly flat intonation on the "A" string, and the bridge/saddle cannot move any closer. This thing sounds great through a tube amp, rock and roll heaven! And oh yes, first order of business, change the strings.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great little CHEAP guitar

By Jimdave

from W.Tennessee

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Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar:

Fit and finish was very good except for some rust on the cheap strings. After some polishing of the strings it was ready to play. Good intonation. That is very good as there is no adjustment on it. string height was on target. Playability and sound was good. Tuners are very sloppy and hard to keep in tune.Overall it is a good little guitar for the price and with a new set of strings and new tuners it will serve you well.

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  • No

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Deal!

By JS

from Los Angeles, CA

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar:

I just got the guitar in the mail yesterday, so these are just my initial impressions. I will update this review after I get a little more experience playing with the guitar.

All I can say is that I cannot believe how great this guitar feels. Sure, the material, pickups, bolt-on neck, and a few other cosmetic things are not the best quality compared to some higher-end guitars, but this thing feels pretty dang close to a higher-end epiphone/similar type of guitar. It's crazy light, the neck is very fast and smooth to play. The guitar came set up perfectly that I didn't have to make any adjustments to the action or anything. The pelham blue finish looks great too. I also got myself a nice little Orange Crush 35RT, and I could not be happier with this setup. Both the guitar and amp are just super simple and straightforward plug in and play. I like everything from Chet Atkins, Black Sabbath, CCR, Black Keys, Ty Segall, Electric Wizard, Slayer, T. Rex, Weezer, RHCP, Beatles, White Stripes, Rolling Stones, Nirvana, Ry Cooder, etc. And I can get all of these tones for these bands relatively easy whether that be some nice country twang to some bluesy grit all the way to all out stoner/doom/garage rock fuzz.

This guitar is a keeper for sure, and I plan to modify it a little more to my liking by upgrading the tuners. If you're a new guitar player or someone with a little more experience, who needs a first guitar or a backup guitar, I would highly recommend this thing, especially for this price, which is a steal. The "cheap" guitars do not feel cheap any more, and this guitar is proof of a high quality product at a low-level/affordable price. I am super happy with this purchase, and I felt like I just got my first guitar when I was just 10 or 12 years old when I plugged it in. This thing is super fun to play, I didn't pay too much for it, so I'm not too worried about it getting a little banged up. Get one if you can!

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Everyone should have one

By Jim the Pim

from Florida, NY

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Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar:

I just got this. I really like it, and I have a bunch of other guitars, but this really draws me in.

I'd emphasize that this is very good without much adjustment. Sure, you can replace and modify parts, and I probably will. I just want you to know you can like it fine as it is.

I have the Pelham Blue one, which really is outstanding on the SG contours.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

very impressed

By overdrive

from Ranson, WV

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Pros

  • fast neck
  • great pickups
  • lightweight
  • low price

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is a steal! Immediately I was blown away by the great tone that came out of this low budget beauty. The pelham blue paintjob is stunning and the body is light as a feather. The action required a little bit of adjustment on the bridge but after a few turns on the tune o' matic posts, it was right where I wanted it. They are not kidding around when they say this is a great guitar for beginners and long time players alike. I have been playing for 20 years and while I'm yet to shell out 800 on an axe, I like to think I know a good guitar when I play one and this thing rocks. You might want to change the strings immediately though as the ones it shipped with did not do it any favors and it played and sounded amazing after slapping on a fresh set of 10s.

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      • Yes

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Pelham blue SG

      By JSmith

      from San Diego

      Pros

      • Good pickups
      • Light weight
      • Low action

      Cons

      • Plastic nut

      Best Uses

      • Gigging
      • Home
      • recording

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar:

      I bought this guitar two months ago and I absolutely love it. I can get nice low action on it without fret buzzing. I like the simple wraparound bridge, not a lot to fiddle around with. It stays in tune well, I had to change the cheap plastic but though. The pickups are decent, sound better with distortion than clean. I find the Pelham blue finish to be gorgeous. Would buy another one if lost.

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      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice guitar

      By Rob

      from Michigan

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      Pros

      • Good construction
      • Nice finish
      • Price
      • Straight neck

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Driving computer software

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar:

        I bought this using an MF discount code. This is a sleeper instrument. Construction is very good - the neck is straight, frets are nicely rounded, and the high gloss red finish looks great. Pickups, tuners, and electronics are not Gibson quality and should not be expected to be such on a guitar in this price range, but they are quite adequate for my intended use with a Line 6 Sonic Port and emulation software. It sounds "OK" through an amp, pedals, and processors, but does fall short of a Gibson here. The bolt on neck is fine - these are actually more forgiving than a set neck could be in instruments in this price range. After I performed a set up, the bass and treble string spacings at the 12th fret are both 2/32" with no fret-outs or string buzz. No truss rod adjustment was required. There is adequate adjustment to the "Melody Maker" bridge to allow for good action height adjustment and intonation. There is no capability for individual string intonation, but the saddle castings are compensated and there are treble and bass adjustments for the bridge against the posts. Using a very sensitive tuner, 5 of the 6 strings are intonated perfectly, with only the G being off by about 2 cents. Given a competent set-up, this is an excellent value.

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        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A great SG for very little money!!!

        By tommydrum

        from Port St Lucie,FL

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        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar:

        I had to go through three of these to finally get one that was good. First one had pits in the head-stock real bad. Second one had bad volume pot. Thanks Musician's Friend for checking this one before sending it. It's very light-weight and love the tone. The blue has a beautiful finish. It was definitely worth the wait. Epiphone has got to work on there quality control.

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        • Yes

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great first guitar

        By Carl Bratonanananewski

        from Va

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        Pros

        • Affordable quality
        • First guitar

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar:

            Bought this for my son and he loves it. It sounds good, especially for the price. Very light weight and easy action.

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            • Yes

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Exceptional

            By Gomez

            from Wichita ks

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar:

            This guitar is a beautiful piece to own. Sounds great. Fret buz, but as soon as i adjusted the bridge didnt have a problem. Bought the blue, i recommend it, rather than the red or black. The color is beautiful. Great for beginners but also for people who have been playing for years. Iv been playing for 10+ years and i think you cant go wrong with this guitar. Epiphone all the way. Love it and very glad i bought it. To top it off i got it in the mail in TWO days. Anyone who cant decide if they should buy it, DO IT, you wont be disappointed.

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            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Nice Beginner Instrument

            By Yabolrunka

            from New Orleans, LA

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            Pros

            • Easily Adjustable Bridge
            • Flawless Finish
            • GREAT PRICE with FREE Shipping
            • Slim Neck

            Cons

            • Cheap Machine Head Tuners
            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

            • Good Beginner Electric Guitar

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar:

            This is a nice beginner electric guitar on a budget. The neck is slim and narrow which makes it easy to play. The string action is very low which caused some fret buzz. Easily adjusted out with a simple truss rod adjustment. The machine head tuner are cheap which caused the strings it to go out of tune quickly. I installed a set of Grover machine heads and problem solved. The red finish is flawless with shiny chrome hardware. GREAT PRICE, BUY IT!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Great guitar

            By Rick

            from Santa Cruz, CA

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics
            • Vintage look

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar:

              When the 1961 Gibson SG was introduced, I definitely wanted one but couldn't afford it. If you can find a good original now, it will cost you dearly (far more than the new price in 1961.) This special edition from Epiphone comes seriously close in design to the 1961 version at a seriously low price. Don't be mislead by the comments on guitars made in China. This is a well-built, quality instrument. Just watch the Epiphone factory tour on YouTube and you'll be amazed at the craftsmanship. No it's not a Gibson, but it's a great guitar at a great price.

               
              5.0

              Best guitar on a budget if u like just Rock-n-roll

              By todd6138

              from Huntington, WV

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics
              • Very lightweight

              Cons

              • poor tuners

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar:

              What is great about this product- nice frets, great build- as in nice perfect shaping and beveling, nice paint job (pelham blue), sturdy input jack and intonation, pickups are nice and airy but powerful - i liked them much more than i thought i would- doubt i will even swap them out.. horrible tuners, but this is remedied a bit by just overwrapping the strings once over the post before completing the restring; u can get videos on this on u tube- 3 to a side stringing? I truly love the bridge pickup but the neck pickup is a bit brittle and harsh- try lowering it a little and u might like it better the fretboard is plastic looking, but i find no problems with tone

               
              5.0

              Just a couple of tweaks

              By Miami Mike

              from Key Largo

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar:

                Well, I was surprised at how well this unit played out of the box. The blue colour is gorgeous (I know there are a few detractors on that opinion). The tuners are not awful but I replaced mine and the strings with Ball Super Slinkys - and gave up the silly thought of adding a Bigsby. Plays surprising well and channeled thru my Line 6 with a mirid of "step on things" I would put it up against a Gibson and defy you to tell the difference with excellent sustain and tone. Just one man's opinion. But hell - it's priced right. I pull it out of the case once a night for a Lynyrd Skynyrd cover & I get cheers. White pick guard coming. Not a disappontment.

                 
                5.0

                Amazing value for the price

                By Denny B

                from WISCONSIN

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                Pros

                • Great action

                Cons

                • none

                Best Uses

                • LOUD rock and roll through a tube amp

                Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar:

                Always kind of wary buying a guitar online I opted for the Pelham Blue model thinking it was worth, at the price I paid, taking a chance. The guitar not only looks stunning but plays like a dream. The powerful, crunchy ceramic pickups combined with the mahogany body and neck produce a killer tone. When I opened the well packed box it came in and tuned it up to check the intonation it was nearly perfect. Just did a minor truss rod adjustment and it was good to go. Now I just hope I can find a hardshell case for less money than I paid for the guitar! Get one while you can, you will not be disappointed.

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                3.0

                not bad for the money

                By johnny no neck

                from calif

                Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar:

                good deal for the money, tuners are not great, pick ups are muddy, you wont sound like angus or pete, but put p 90 or 57 specials in them, it works. that's what I'm doing, so spend a few hundred more, and its like gib sg. for a first guitar, its real nice

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                5.0

                Awesome Guitar !

                By Johnny

                from cleveland TN

                Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar:

                Beautiful Guitar and an amazing price. After setting the neck to my liking and putting a set of super slinky strings on, this guitar performed as well as my Gibson SG. Super happy with this purchase.

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                5.0

                I will buy again from Musicians Friend

                By Bizbrian

                from NY

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                Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar:

                Was Leary to purchase this guitar because of some of the other reviews, that being said the guitar looks fantastic and sounds great, no adjustments needed other than tuning. You can't beat the price for this guitar. Playing 40 plus years with many guitars including Gibson and Fender, my first Epiphone and will definitely buy another...

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Epiphone SG Wall Hanger

                By Yabolrunka

                from New Orleans, LA

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                Pros

                • Flawless Finish

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar:

                    If you want to decorate your music room, this is your guitar. Beautiful flawless finish looks SHARP. I am trying to stay positive. Will not stay in tune. I changed tuners with Grover Rotomatics. Problem solved. Bridge is cheap and intonation is way off. I had to set the neck because it was cocked to one side and strings did not line up on fret board. If you want a DIY project this is a "dream" instrument and a money pit. Look at another brand such as Ibanez which comes set up right out of the box.

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                    • No
                     
                    4.0

                    Second Review

                    By Jimmy J

                    from Way up North

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                    Pros

                    • Great tone

                    Cons

                    • Limited neck relief

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar:

                      This is my second review of this model. My first review was based on my Cherry colored guitar that I purchased a few months ago. That guitar was flawless, and I was so impressed that I bought a second guitar (Pelham Blue) when they went on sale. My remarks from my first review still apply, however, I had to return the second guitar for an exchange. The neck relief was so minimal, even with heavy gauge strings, that I only had .0015" of relief with the truss rod slack. It didn't buzz, but I would have never been able to use light gauge strings. I gave the neck several days with the heavy strings to adjust, but there was no movement. I am waiting for its replacement, and hoping that the next one will have correct tolerances. As for the color, the Pelham Blue is a beautiful sparkly metal flake with no finish flaws. I really like these guitars. Just be sure to check for proper relief adjustment if you buy one.

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