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Chapman Guitars ML-3 RC SBK

Chapman Guitars ML-3 RC SBK
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Electric Guitar

  • Body: Mahogany (chambered)
  • Neck: Mahogany (set-through)
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck profile: Thin C
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Fretboard radius: 13.75"
  • Pickups: 1 Seymour Duncan Hotrails (neck) and 1 Seymour Duncan Little '59 (bridge) humbuckers
  • 3-Way toggle switch
  • Controls: Master volume, master tone
  • Grover machine heads
  • Colour: Matte Black
  • Includes gigbag

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Probably the best guitar for the price !

11.03.2015

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The quality is outstanding for the price, better than most of the big brands and very expensive ones !
The variety of tones you can get out of this axe is amazing.
The satin finish is great, and helps reveal the wood grain. I espacially love the neck: quite thin, but not skinny, and the satin finish is great here too, making it a super fast neck.
The pickups are, of course, well known and very efficient.
I will probably change the pots and switch someday, but for now, they do the job properly.
What else could I say ? It's worth every cent you put on it !

Super Guitar

DarkGerald, 13.07.2016

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I knew it was about to be good, but i really got blown up by the sound and playability , this time I can just confirm what Chapman said "its a system and all this parts work together to create a good sound" ; the pickups couldn't be better selected, I can also recommend the ones checking the normal ML3 to spare the money and upgrade to ml3 RC .

Pros: all .
Cons: slightly heavier than expected .

My go-to guitar for cleans or blues, and it should be yours as well!

20.09.2016

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This is my go to guitar for cleans or blues, and it should be yours as well!

Highlights:
- great build quality
- beautiful guitar
- it's got tones
- cheap tone pot

The first thing you may notice about this guitar, is that it's just beautiful. Chappers struck gold with the excellent shade of transparent blue that works great with the maple neck and matching headstock.

The guitar comes with a quality gigbag, for free!

The pots work well, but the tone pot (push pull) feels really cheap. It's flimsy and doesn't sit well; however, it does its job without cracking or fizzing.

The guitar plays great. Really love the arched top and that the strings are miles away from the body, makes it pleasant to finger/hybrid pick.

The vintage saddles are a mixed blessing; they're brass, and make for a very twangy tone, but they make intonating your guitar annoying ? nothing that liberal amounts of vibrato can't solve. I have to mention that it was reasonably intonated when I got it, i.e. in a playable condition.

Sounds great. The bridge pickup is pretty bright and hot when in single coil mode. This pickup makes itself heard, believe you me. The bridge in stacked mode loses a lot of its charm and it makes the tone warmer, as well as a bit quiter; sometimes I like it this way (especially with some amount of gain in the chain), but most of time it stays unstacked, which is where the guitar shines. Also, rolling the tone off on the unstacked bridge also results in a very sweet tone.

The neck pickup is pretty warm, but still punchy. I feel it sounds very round and mellow. It complements the bridge pickup nicely ? the bridge is hot and cuts like a razor, the neck is round and mellow, allowing you to go from one tone to the other.

The in-between tone with the pickups in parallel is nice given how the pickups sound individually; but for me, on this guitar, it's either bridge or neck, the middle position is not something I usually go to; when I do, it's usually because the tone is rolled off, making the in-between position brighter setting.

It took some fiddling with the pickup height to get them to sound the way I like; but now that I did, they sound pretty darn good; I am not considering swapping out these pickups anytime soon.

The neck is easy to play and the finish makes it really slick.

Chapman's annoying for putting the machine heads on the bottom, but it's their thing... At least they're Grovers! I have to say that the guitar stays well in tune, and the Grovers make it easy to get in tune.

Overall, it has a spectacular build quality; everything (except for the stock tone pot) feels solid and in its place.

I had to move the neck-side strap peg a bit to keep it from neck diving; it's weird that I haven't heard anyone else complain about this; it's probably soemthing wrong with me, but it was very easy to to it a bit higher up to solve this issue. It did hurt a bit to drill a new hole in this beautiful guitar, but I had to stabilize it. This (and the tone pot) were my only real issues with this otherwise excellent guitar.

I've owned it for 5 months at the time of writing, and I love this guitar. I wouldn't change a thing on it (except for the tone pot) because it's a great, great guitar!

Exceeded expectation

Dokurock, 20.08.2015

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I placed order in April 2015, I was informed that the stock will only be available in June 2015, I waited until May and received a notification that the shipment postponed to end of July! Nevertheless, worth the wait and the quality is definitely exceeded expectation. A brief review below:

- The neck pickup is very quiet for a single coil, and the bridge pickup is like a P-90 in steroids.
- Neck is slightly thicker than Fender American Standard Strat, and still maintained the comfortability thanks to the satin finish.
- Sustain is comparable to Gibson Les Paul.
- Gig bag is better and more practical than the one comes with lower end GIbson guitar (I recently purchased one), and most importantly it's free.

Despite the word "traditional", this guitar is very versatile and suitable for any genre of music IMHO.
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Electric Guitar Body: Mahogany (chambered), Neck: Mahogany (set-through), Fretboard: Rosewood, Neck profile: Thin C, Scale: 648 mm, 24 Jumbo frets, Fretboard radius: 13.75", Pickups: 1 Seymour...

  • Colour: Black
  • Pickups: HH
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Tremolo: None
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: None
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Frets: 24
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: Yes
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Electric Guitar Body: Swamp ash, Neck: Maple, Neck profile: Chapman C Standard, Fretboard: Maple, 22 Extra jumbo frets, Scale: 648 mm, Fretboard radius: 13.8", Pickups: 1 Chapman "Chapstack"...

  • Colour: Blue
  • Pickups: SS
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Tremolo: None
  • Body: Swamp Ash
  • Top: None
  • Neck: Maple
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: Yes
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  • Colour: Natural
  • Pickups: HH
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Tremolo: None
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: None
  • Neck: Maple
  • Frets: 24
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: Yes
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Electric Guitar Body: Mahogany, Neck: Maple, Fretboard: Ebony, 24 Frets, Scale: 648 mm, Fretboard radius: 13.8", Pickups: 2 Chapman "Passive Aggressive" humbuckers (with coil tap), Chapman Hard...

  • Colour: Black
  • Pickups: HH
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Tremolo: None
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: None
  • Neck: Maple
  • Frets: 24
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: Yes
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Chapman Guitars ML-3 RC SBC

Electric Guitar Body: Mahogany (chambered), Neck: Mahogany (set-through), Fretboard: Rosewood, Neck profile: Thin C, Scale: 648 mm, 24 Jumbo frets, Fretboard radius: 13.75", Pickups: 1 Seymour...

  • Colour: Red
  • Pickups: HH
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Tremolo: None
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: None
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Frets: 24
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: Yes
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Chapman Guitars ML-3 Traditional NAT-SA

Electric Guitar Body: Swamp ash, Neck: Maple, Neck profile: Chapman C Standard, Fretboard: Maple, 22 Extra jumbo frets, Scale: 648 mm, Fretboard radius: 13.8", Pickups: 1 Chapman "Chapstack"...

  • Colour: Natural
  • Pickups: SS
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Tremolo: None
  • Body: Swamp Ash
  • Top: None
  • Neck: Maple
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: Yes
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