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MF MD HG Exclusives 09-19-14

OLP MM1 Electric Guitar  

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  • OLP

    A small price to pay for a really hot axe.

    The OLP MM1 Electric Guitar features a basswood body, maple neck, jumbo frets, sealed die-cast tuners, and chrome hardware. Cool look. Great feel. Killer sound.

    • Basswood body with quilt film top
    • Maple bolt-on custom contoured neck
    • Maple fretboard
    • Fully bound body
    • Jumbo frets
    • Two OLP humbucker zebra pickups
    • Vintage tremolo
    • Sealed die-cast tuners
    • Single volume knob
    • 3-way switch
    • Chrome hardware

    This is an affordable guitar you'll love. Order today.

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    Good Guitar for the Money

    I have played guitar off and on for 30+ years. I have owned and played dozens of guitars including my main axe, a 70's Strat I purchased new in 77-78. I...Read complete review

    I have played guitar off and on for 30+ years. I have owned and played dozens of guitars including my main axe, a 70's Strat I purchased new in 77-78. I purchased the OLP MM-1 based on user reviews and a my own hands-on experience at Guitar Center. The OLP is perhaps the easiest guitar to play I have ever played. Action is great, the neck is thin, it just wails. Great for new students and kids with small hands.The sound of the Guitar Center OLP MM-1 through a clean Twin-Reverb amp was excellent. The bridge PU was clean and bright, the neck pickup was full and had a nice deep sound. I also tried an Epiphone Standard and Gibson Standard and frankly, I liked the tone of the GC OLP the best, especially with distortion. However, the bridge PU of the OLP I purchased from M123 sounds different than the GC OLP--it sounds like the Strat middle PU--kind of quacky. Also, it has much less output than the bridge PU. My OLP bridge PU sounds identical to the GC OLP which is to say, fantastic. By the way, the absence of a tone control is not a problem. Like the experienced users say, just adjust the amp/preamp tone controls.After playing the guitar for several hours I have found the neck is a bit too thin for my liking. I have large, strong hands--I can literally pull the thing out of tune if I use my normal ham-fisted technique. I have noticed lately that guitar necks have become quite thin, probably to save $$$$. The problem is they just don't put with player abuse--I mean who needs a tremolo??? Also, the guitar arrived from M123 in good playing shape. However, it was not innotated properly (strings tuned at 12th fret, were out of tune when played open). And after two days I started getting substantial string buzzing. I followed the included OLP instructions to resolve string buzz and made matters much worse. Why? The truss rod adjustment nut was shimmed against then neck with what I can best describe as ends of toothpicks. I thought they were just misc wood shavings--nope, shims. Hence, after removing them, I could not get the neck adjusted to save my soul. Hopefully, my local guitar shop (Modern Music) can fix my mess.A couple of other complaints: Most pics of OLP guitars shows a string tree. Mine does not have them. If any guitar ever needed them it is the OLP MM-1. Since the tuner head is not angled back (ala the original), you must have string trees to provide proper string tension, alleviate buzzing, etc. The bridge pickup arrived sitting on an angle. I did not find a ways to level it out (front to back). My local store hopefully will figure it out.Finally, the sunburst photo finish is actually quite attractive, but the body routing for the pickups, the extreme light weight, and a few other things here and there scream CHEAP GUITAR. Again, I am used to my strat whose body is one piece of ash, a one piece maple neck, etc. I guess you get what you pay for. For those who indicate the fit/finish/quality of the OLP is better or much better than current Squires, just simply don't know what they're talking about. I have played both extensively. The quality of the Squires I have played (Tele, Fat Tele, Strat, Strat HH) are heads and shoulders above the OLP. In retrospect, I should have purchased another Squire. However, it is a good guitar for the $$$, it is extremely easy to play, and at least the GC OLP MM-1 sounded great.


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    Just an OK guitar

    This is a good sounding guitar but there are definately weak points. The trem is a p.o.s and the guitar has arrived with the intonation way off (and having a difficult time getting it...Read complete review

    This is a good sounding guitar but there are definately weak points. The trem is a p.o.s and the guitar has arrived with the intonation way off (and having a difficult time getting it adjusted) and the E string is buzzing. I own an ESP EC-50 that is in the same price range and the quality of the fit/finish/sound of the ESP is the hands down winner here. If the frets were polished and the intonation were better I may have given it higher marks.I had my doubts of the single volume knob and no tone control but after playing it a while Im actually liking the simpicity of it.But all that said I will probably return this guitar and get similarly priced ESP,Yamaha,or Fender Squire (not the Bullet models). My sons Epi Les Paul Special ($99 dollar guitar) has a better neck than this one.Again the sound is good but it is the details that are lacking.

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    If you want the 'Brown Sound' ....

    By vonpeedler

    from Naples, Florida



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        Hands down, best 'brown sounding' guitar money can buy. The humbuckers, tone wise, are very close sounding to the expensive, obvious well known pick ups costing as much as this guitar. It's the easiest playing guitar in my fleet for sure. Well built and will take a pounding.

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        OLP MM

        By Greg-ebkl0

        from Fresno,Ca

        I just bought one used. I love it. for the money it can't be beat. I love the fact that the neck is a combination of a maple board and maple neck, the fret board is very straight. the frets are rolled nicely so it is smooth. I love the contoured bolt on neck (makes it much easier to reach the 17-22 frets.I didn't like that it was built with just a volume pot only. So, I added a tone pot...no regrets there.

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        awesome but...why

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        this guitar is just plain great it was one of the first guitars i ever bought, and I still play it in some of my gigs, sounds great, the necks great, everythings great, but just one thing... why is this guitar discountinued. I would love to see it come back to life again.

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        THIS IS MY BABY!

        By RomanRob

        from Biloxi

        I bought one and added some Duncan black backs, original Floyd Rose Trem, filed fret ends, and tweaked the neck just a bit. This thing is an awesome, no frills scream machine. No matter what you like, this will give it to you. Check disturbing the peace laws in your area!! I bought the 12 string too! I didn't buy something every one else has, I built a jam machine that other guitar players with they had.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


        OLP MM1 Great Guitar

        I bought one used for my 10 year old son for school band. I ended up playing it more than My 80's Kramer. Great look with the Gold Quilt Film top. His friends were all hovering around it at his Jazz band Practice at school. Nice tone and stays in tune. Humbuckers are hard hitting. I was surprised because of the price. Thought it would be somewhat weak but it's not. Great size also! Great guitar for the money, buy one!

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        Hard to play

        By Zeppist1

        from Lexington, KY

        MY friend owns this model. He really can't play that well. It has an okay sound to it but it just is to flat. Its built well I'll give you that but the square neck is hard to play and it looks tarrible. It would be a better idea to buy a standard strat or epiphone.

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        Real Nice Guitar... Worth the Price

        By Songwriter88

        from Owensboro, Ky.

        My Girlfriend bought me a amber one and a red one and they are very sweet. I got lucky and picked up a nearly new zoom amp for nearly nothing and that guitar and amp are very sweet.

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        Don't hesitate

        By T Bone-L37jc

        from Virginia

        I tried to find a green quilt and had to go to used. I play the big dogs but wanted the MM1 for the color and price. This thing is un-real for the price. It not only holds it's own, but it holds a tune like no other guitar. The price has to go up. It is a no brainer.

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        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        All you gotta do is get floyd rose whammy set, and you got it made, this thing will squeal and friggin rock the greatest licks and amazing, its very fast for the neck and ahhhh just BUY IT!!!

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        OLP MM1

        By Mace

        from Brooksville, FL

        I`ve had my Purple MM1 over a year now,and,other than Locking Tuners,(cause I routed out the body,and,dropped a Kahler Pro into it),and,the Kahler,I haven`t had to change a thing.It doesn`t sound like a Hamer;Fender,or any of my other Guitars.The neck came nicely tuned,I gave it about an 8th of a turn 6 months ago.Short FastNeck,graet for tapping,two handed runs.A great guitar for the money

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