I am from Russia, and for this price you cannot buy a NEW 8-string instrument of this quality and cheaper from us, even taking into account the UPS delivery, which is almost 50% of the cost of the guitar. The guitar cost 199 Euro with delivery to my city.
Appearance. It is beyond praise, it is modern, with a cutout for the left hand and your play will be comfortable even if you have large palms. Minimalistic design, strict and to the point.
Neck. It is comfortable and not difficult to switch from a 6-7 string instrument to this eight string instrument. Slimmer than Schecter C-8 deluxe
The amaranth onlay is finely sanded, but needs to be impregnated with lemon oil. After soaking her with lemon oil for the first time, she drank with thirst and I soaked her with the second portion. About an hour elapsed between the first and second oil impregnation. The second portion of the oil was absorbed more slowly and this was enough to remove the residues. I deliberately chose a fretboard made of amaranth, not maple, because when changing the frets, it will not need to be coated with a special impregnation, but it is enough to spread it with lemon oil. And the density of amaranth is higher than that of maple, which means that the sound transmission is better and closer to rosewood.
After a few days I had to grind down the sharp edges of the frets, as they came out, and I could injure my hand if I started playing. THIS HAPPENS WITH ALL NEW TOOLS EVEN FOR 3000-5000 euro AND THIS IS NOT A MINUS OF THIS TOOL. This is most likely to blame for my dry indoor climate, since I do not have a humidifier to create good humidity. To avoid this, store your guitar in a case, there it will not dry out as much.
The frets themselves are quite normal, I would call them Jumbo. At the same time I polished the frets to a shine. Bands and vibrato have become better tuned. Regular plastic fret markers. The tuners tend to get upset sometimes and I plan to replace them with GOTOH.
Body. The body is made of Basswood archtop with a nice cut near the neck-to-body attachment, the timbre block is shielded, the potentiometers are smooth. Painting, varnish, everything as on instruments is several times more expensive!
SOUND. This is what struck me the most. I have enough guitars and have something to compare with, so, the sound is wonderful, although I do not really like the single-coil sound on distortion. CLEAN WITHOUT ANY ALTERNATE SOUND PICKUP WONDERFUL !!!
The pickups suit me, but I still altered them, checking the coils and finding the beginning and end of the coils, the color scheme of the wires turned out to be like Di Marzio's. Having soldered the white and black wires, I made a serial circuit and sent it to a Push-pull, which I bought separately. Red (hot) to 3 way switch, Green + bare to ground wire. The result is a versatile instrument for any kind of music.
The scheme turned out as follows: Bridge, both neck and with Push-pull so separate coils. And although I made a change with this and lost the warranty, I got a great instrument for the low price, THANKS THOMANN, Very happy with the guitar!