$199 semi-hollow at GFS

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  1. Lucidology

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    Sent the link to a friend at work who borrowed my Epiphone Dot right before the CV19 restrictions hit :D
     
  3. mystixboi

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    So are these Epiphones or something else?
     
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  6. Jim85IROC

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    It's definitely not an Epi, the headstock shape is wrong. The headstock looks identical to the no-name neck I bought on Ebay for $35.
     
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    i didn’t think it was an epi but I don’t know much about these.
     
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    The description says they covered the original name on the headstock and painted the headstocks black.
     
  9. crossbones

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    Uuuuugh...

    I had a friend get something similar from them last year.
    Nothing good came of it.
    It no longer exists.....Put it that way.
     
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    That would be my fear. I would not be optimistic to be honest.

    If I was in the market for a super cheap semi/hollow I’d just get a Firefly or Grote on Amazon. At least it’s a known entity and if it’s junk I can send it back for a refund with zero hassles.
     
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    Yeah.....
    While the Chinese stuff always surprises you, it's never in a good way.
     
  12. SteveT

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    I bought their xv-910 semi hollow with P90s. I am surprised at the quality of the build. Nice bindings, and finish. Currently going to replace the nut and bridge. Pots seem ok.
     
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    Am I not better off with a used Ibanez or something?

    Serious question.
     
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    If the neck isn't screwed up, it's set at a good angle, and the truss rod does what it is supposed to, you could make this work with some tools and ability.

    But do you really want to take at least a $225 (hello, shipping) flyer on something like this? I wouldn't want to risk the money on something I may just decide isn't worth the work/effort once I get it, if it's not a complete turd when it arrives.
     
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    i dont buy guitars of this type, but if i did, id buy a used epiphone instead

    OR i continue my mantra of saving up to get better quality instruments
     
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    Likely yes. Rarely do you hear of issues with the Ibanez semi-hollows. In fact I’ve never heard anyone complain except for maybe swapping out pickups. The GFS stuff is hit or miss. It’s a gamble with very little, if any, upside.
     
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    200 bucks plus new pickups, new tuners, new wiring, new fret work....(your improvement list may vary...).
     
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    I don't think there is a perfect guitar from GFS. There will always be something wrong with anything you purchase, but if you can fix whatever is wrong or inadequate, or you don't mind paying a tech to do it, you might have something worthwhile. Years ago, I bought one of their Epi Casino replicas for a steal, and it's not bad, but it needs rewiring, new pots and caps to make it sound better, and maybe new pickups. Otherwise, I got a pretty good one. That's one of the issues with GFS; buying a guitar from them is a crap shoot. You might get a good one and you might get a dog. I also bought one of those Slick Melody Maker style guitars. It came with dented frets that had sharp ends. I fixed those issues myself. Now, it's a very good slide guitar.

    This $199 semi hollow falls into that category. You could get something decent, or you could get a stinker. Personally, I don't need another semi hollow, but for someone who has wanted one and can perform the work, should it need it, this is probably a good bet. I would make sure you could return it if it's messed up beyond help.
     
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    For me it would depend on what brand they bought out. In the past they bought the Vintage-brand semi hollows when Vintage got bitch slapped by Gibson for making them look too much like a 335. Those were really good guitars, and GFS was blowing them out for under 1/2 the price. But without knowing who the OEM is for these, it's hard to say whether they are anything to get excited about. GFS buys a lot of junk brands too.
     
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