review guitar part1

Features: The guitar has a solid wood body plastic-covered with a pleasing black and white flame design. Neck is maple with a rosewood fretboard and Traditional bent-back headstock design. Has two fully-adjustable hum-bucking pick-ups, three way switch and volume and tone controls made of transparent plastic. Overall the design is both pleasing and original which is nice to see in a guitar this price. Unlike other low-end guitars, most of which simply ape more expensive models, First Act decided to try something completely different with this model and the result is pure magic.


Action, Fit & Finish: Now I am not just ranking down on this guitar because it is First Act, but when I looked at the wireing inside I couldn’t help but laugh. The wireing looked like a disaster, and seemed like they were doing the sawdering as if it was in the middle of an earthquake. The action was normal though, and the pick ups were set just fine. Another flaw was that for some reason the higher frets on the high string buzz horribly because of a messed up fret. Other than that it looked pretty normal. // 7

Reliability & Durability: I could never trust this guitar to be honest, this thing is meant to practice with by yourself but not for a reliable guitar during a gig. The hardware and overall put together just doesn’t seem like it would last very long when you compare it to more expensive guitars. I wouldn’t try to see if it can withstand damage because I would be afraid of the poor thing snapping. // 6


Features: This guitar is the kind of guitar you buy for someone who isn’t sure whether or not they want to start playing guitar or not. You got your basic volume and tone, along with the neck Switch thing, but thats it. Everything else on it looks generic, I don’t think anyone could tell you what brand of parts on there. It is very limited overall; 21 frets, not a very fast moving fret board, just a good old Walmart guitar. // 6

Sound: I found this tone to be some of the dryest I have ever heard. It can’t really handle being cranked through an amp too loud because it feeds back and isn’t made for anything huge. It isn’t bad if you have a decent amp and keep it at a reasonable volume, but you can’t get too much versatality out of it such as going from metal to blues or something. It sounds just like what it is, one of the cheapest guitars you can buy. // 7


Impression: This was a huge mistake on my part buying it from a friend who didnt want it anymore. It doesnt fit my musical style at all, whether it be Steve Vai, Stevie Ray Vaughn, or Helloween, it just can’t accomplish a tone that can be taken seriously. I have been playing for about 4 years and this guitar I just use to take apart and put back together to learn from. However, besides all my complaining, this is an extremely cheap guitar, so don’t ask 700$ worth of tone to come out of it. It is made to be what it is, a cheap guitar to give to your kid who “kind of” wants to start playing. However if your not careful they are going to pick it up and not want to ever play again! No, no I kid, but overall I say its not the best guitar, but it’s also one of the cheapest

First the body: it’s a double-cutaway, somewhat similar to a Stratocaster, but with its own, unique style. Second, there’s the headstock which has two tuners on one side and four on the other. Doesn’t serve any purpose but it sure looks cool. Then there are those funky transparent knobs! Obviously the hardware isn’t the greatest, but everything seems to work, tuners do their job etc. Strings are junk and should be changed immediately. // 9

Sound: I’m a lefty so I can’t really play it. I bought it because I wanted to learn to play right-handed, but didn’t realize how tough that would be. Simple plucking revealed a tone that is relatively neutral. There is less difference between the neck and bridge pick-ups than on my Telecaster

A very nice feature on this guitar is that the pick-up positions are easily adjustable using a screw-driver. This allows the sound to be quickly and easily tailored: if the guitar doesn’t sound right, try adjusting the pick-ups. One weird feature of the pick-ups is that they appear to be spring mounted with a crude sort of suspension. Is this to reduce feedback? Not sure… // 8

Action, Fit & Finish: Out of the box the action was perfect. I just tensioned the strings and it was good to go. The same cannot be said of the pick-ups, which were not adjusted. Fortunately the mounts are designed to be easily adjustable with nothing but a screwdriver and without disassembling anything. If the sound coming out of your amp isn’t right, just pick up a screwdriver, twiddle a few screws and try it again. To date, I haven’t noticed any major flaws on the guitar. The only complaint is that the rosewood on the fretboard is not very consistent in quality – the grain and colour are quite uneven, but then, what can you expect for $100? On the other hand, the maple on the necks seems just the opposite – very straight, even grain, consistent, light colour. // 8

Reliability & Durability: Seeing as how I can’t really play it, and the guitar hasn’t been used much, I’m not certain the long-term durability. One issue is the sharp angle of the headstock. Because the body is very thin, the headstock juts out quite far and could potentially produce a breakage if the guitar is left on it’s back. // 8

Impression: Since I’ve given up on playing right-handed, I’m actually trying to get rid of this guitar. But if I could actually play it, I think it would be my main electric. I think First Act has produced a real winner here – a cheap guitar of high quality and original design that can compete with guitars costing many times the price. My favourite feature is the adjustable pick-ups. No more pulling the strings off, pulling the pick-guard off and messing around with shims…