Just received the V100 Lemon Drop, well packed from Thomann. Gave it a check over then plugged it in and here are my thoughts.
Visually, there was a mark on the apex of the bottom cutaway like a rub or a knock which had a covering of top coat so, done at the factory after painting. The finishing of the neck binding wasn't brilliant but you need to look closely to see it. The neck to body join had a bit of glue overspill evident and out from the nut toward the first fret on the fingerboard there is a stain, perhaps glue or varnish.
The body is two piece though you can only tell by looking on the end of the guitar as the halves are put together so well you simply cannot see it by looking at the back. The body is thinner than a Les Paul which means less weight and more comfortable on a strap (4 Kg ) and honestly the sustain is still there in spades The neck in the photo on Thomann's site shows a scarf joint, however mine is ONE PIECE!!! Other than the minor blemishes noted above the finish is really good. As always for me, I wish guitars coming from China and the Far East didn't have jade green tuner buttons.but that is only a personal pet hate.
Strummed, the guitar feels and sounds lovely and when plugged in both pickups sound great and the middle position is just so sweet I may never move it again! The neck performs really well for me though there are a couple of sharp frets. Easy enough to fix and given the quality of intonation and action setup I can live with having to do some light work there.
Overall this guitar is a shining star, good value for money and most definately a gigging instrument with quality feel and sound. Buy one and enjoy.
Double checked the weight and it is actually 3.8 Kg not 4 Kg as previously stated.
I had one of the original lemon drop guitars about 5 years ago (the aged / distressed model). The feel and sound of that guitar was very nice indeed. Sounded just as an LP model should - thick and full of sustain. Unfortunately, after a while the aged effect of that guitar started to bug me, I wanted a new shiny one. I swapped that guitar for an epiphone ultra II, which I still have and love. BUT, when I saw that Vintage had a "reissued" version of the Lemon Drop I got excited. Long story short, I went and bought one. The photo on Thomann's website does not do this guitar justice. Their picture shows a darker coloured sunburst. When I got the guitar I couldn't believe the real colour - it is identical to Gary Moore's beautiful honey burst LP. And the finish is perfect, brand new, beautiful and shiny! The sound is just like the original Lemon Drop that I used to have - perfect. I have played Gibsons, which are magnificent, and in my opinion this Vintage Lemon Drop Reissue is as good as the new Gibson LP Standard 2014 model (doesn't have the coil tap but it does have the most beautiful sounding "out of phase" sound in middle position). At this price the Vintage is a no brainer, if you want that authentic classic rock n blues tone, you need one of these!!! (and a good amp of course - mine is a marshall JVM).
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