I was very undecided for a long time before pulling the trigger on this one. There weren't many reviews or soundclips or much of anything to read about this particular guitar, so i mostly read about the ST-62, and the good things buyers had to say about that one. I did want a HSS model, (humb-sing-sing) and the coil-split function for the humbucker was a big bonus, as well as the colour. I just couldn't forget that Paisley-pattern...
So, I finally bought it.
It came well-packaged (like always from Thomann: Thank You!), well set up, and in tune. A little string buzz at first, but that's to be expected after a guitar's been in transit and on the road for a week. It sorted itself out after a few days. Strings are nice (D'addarios), will be changing them when they break, not before that.
The finish is VERY nice, almost mirror-like gloss. The neck is laquered, but smooth. The bridge and vibrato is GOOD (Wilkinson). Tuners are ok, they do the job just as good as on some of my 5-600 euro guitars.
IF I am to complain about something, it would be the fretboard and the pots. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, since the overall quality is more than satisfying, but IF: The fretboard looks a little bland, with some inconcistensies and discolorations in a few places, and overall a little grey-ish. It is, however, stained Ovankol (if I remember it right), and staining CAN leave wood looking like that. The overall feel and playability of the fretboard is good, though!
The pots could also be a little better, but again, the overall quality and the PRICE makes up for this! It IS a great instrument! The pots work, and they can always be changed if the suddenly don't!
All guitars, regardless of price, can have small details that are not perfect. The overall quality and feel of the instrument is what matters. An instrument makes, or doesn't make, an impression, an imprint, on it's player. This one made one on me. It's my new favourite!
Plugged in, this guitar has something. It really does. I can't compare it to a "real" ST-guitar, since I don't own one, but it's a REALLY nice sounding guitar. It really holds something of it's own. The PU's are smooth, clear, and bright. I play mostly country on it, but throw in a little classic - and hard rock, and it works really well for it all. I would actually expect this kind of quality and sound for an instrument 3, maybe 4 times the price of this one!
I HIGHLY recommend this instrument! Don't hesitate if you're thinking about buying one!