Chapman Guitars ML3 Modern Incarnadine

Electric Guitar

  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Flamed maple veneer
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • Dot fretboard inlays
  • 24 Frets
  • Scale length: 648 mm (25.5 inches)
  • Pickups: 2 Chapman Sonorous Zero humbuckers
  • Master volume and master tone controls with push/pull function
  • 3-way pickup toggle switch
  • Chapman string through hardtail bridge
  • Closed Chapman Classic machine heads
  • Black hardware
  • Colour: Transparent Red
  • Incl. gig bag
  • Made in Indonesia

Further information

Colour Red
Pickups HH
Fretboard Ebony
Tremolo None
Body Mahogany
Top Maple
Neck Maple
Frets 24
Scale 648 mm
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag Yes

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An absolutely great guitar

Wim Koning, 12.10.2018
An amazing guitar with great playability and very well thought out features. You get more guitar than you pay for, but it does need some attention if you want to use this guitar in a live or studio situation.

I bought this guitar at Thomann, as a back-up for live situations, because every single review I saw was very positive. The delivery took a little long, but it arrived in good shape.

Let me start the review off by saying it's a great guitar, especially taking in mind the price you pay, and I can't think of another guitar at this price that comes with the same features as this one does. There are however a few things to keep in mind when buying this guitar.

Let's start at the top:

The overall build quality of this guitar is amazing when you keep in mind you pay 450 euro's for it. I got it out of the box, and upon first inspection there where only very minor inconstancies when it comes to quality. A few screws here and there needed a bit of tightening, but that was it.

The reversed headstock has a very nice shape, and has enough left over space to hold your clip on tuner, a fret wrap, and maybe a Capo or something. I would advise against using a clip on tuner with this guitar though. Every singe clip on tuner I own, has trouble picking up the string that is being played on this guitar. Which made me switch to using my stomp tuner with this guitar. The tuning pegs are easily accessible, and are spaced far enough from each other to make turning them easy without hitting the other peg. The string guides on the head stock don't glide very easily and make for a bit of blocking and slipping when tuning, but with a bit of lubrication in the form of Graphite or Nut Sauce makes them work perfectly.

The GraphTech nut is amazing, and was set-up at a perfect hight when I received the guitar. It's a good addition to the guitar, and normally helps when it comes to tuning stability. This guitar however does suffer from some tuning stability issues.

In the case of the ML3, it's most definitely the tuners that cause the tuning stability issues. They are simply sub par, even for this price. The tuning stability is simply horrid. Live it simply won't hold tune long enough to finish a song without it going out of tune. I actually like playing it live a lot, but haven't been using it due to the fact that it won't hold tune. There are drop in replacement tuners available from HipShot. I replaced the tuners, and now the tuning is stable as a rock.

The neck itself is a lovely C shape. Not to thick, not to thin, and the fretboard radius is comfortable when playing chords, and reasonably fast when you want to shred. The fret work is as you would expect on a guitar of this price. When I got mine, there where a few sharp fret ends, and the frets needed a bit of a polish. These problems however weren't so bad that you need a Luthier to fix them though. After a good fret polish, and some sanding on the sharp edges, the neck was perfectly smooth.

The Pick-ups are ok for a guitar at this price range. They are sort of High Output while still being very quiet when it comes to unwanted noise. The sound of the pick-ups however leaves a lot to desire. I found that, compared to my other guitars, I needed to turn down the mids and highs a lot to make the guitar sound acceptable. I haven't been able to make it sound great with the stock Pick-ups installed.

(I ran into these problems mostly with high gain sounds. I had some Seymour Duncan's laying around, and with those installed in the guitar, it sounds AWESOME. Very thick and fat, while retaining enough definition to hear individual strings. The problem is purely pick-ups when it comes to the way it sounds.)

The electronics are ok. The push-pull coil split is actually useful with the stock pick-ups, and the best sounds I have gotten out of the guitar with the stock pick-ups are with the coil splits engaged. The electronics are quiet enough, even though the one I received had some ground issues when I first got it. It was an easy fix though. The volume knob works good enough, but doesn't switch the signal off for the full 100%. I always have a little but noticeable amount of left over signal with the volume knob closed.

The body is very well made, and the shape is very comfortable. The cut away makes for easy upper fret access, and the bellycut makes the guitar sit on your lap very comfortably. The finish on the body is astounding. It looks extremely good, and the clear finish makes it shine like nothing else I own. I haven't found any imperfection in the finish, and it looks like a much more expensive guitar because of it.

I replaced the strap buttons with strap locks, but the original strap buttons are good enough for home use. The strap (even a new one) slides over the button without to much afford, but feels snug and secure enough for home or rehearsal use.
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This guitar is worth a lot more than you pay

MaartenB, 30.10.2017
The guitar stays in tune nicely. Feels solid when playing without being too heavy. The pickups sound clear and heavy at the same time. For me the guitar is perfect for drop tuning, like drop C. I think you'll have a hard time finding a better all-round guitar for this pricing.
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