Legacy Solid Body Electric Guitar, Natural
- Contoured Solid Alder Body, Chrome Hardware ,Covered Tuning Machines with a gear ratio of 14:1
- 1 Piece Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard with a 9.5" Radius (241mm), 21 Medium Jumbo Frets
- 3 single-coil pickups, 5-Way Pickup Selector, One Volume and 2 Tone Controls, 3 Ply Pickguard
- Vintage 6-Screw Tremolo Bridge, Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm), Width at Nut: 1.65" (42 mm), White Dot Position Inlays
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|Sold By||Available from these sellers||Amazon.com||Amazon.com||Butler Music LLC|
|Body Material Type||Alder||Alder||Basswood||Solid Wood|
|Fretboard Material Type||Rosewood||Maple||Rosewood||Rosewood|
|Guitar Bridge System||tremolo||fixed||tremolo||Fixed Bridge|
|Guitar Pickup Configuration||single-coil||single-coil||single-coil||1x single coil bridge, 1x lipstick neck|
|Item Dimensions||17 x 38 x 4 in||4 x 38 x 17 in||17 x 43 x 3 in||—|
|Neck Material Type||Maple||Maple||Maple||Maple|
|Number of Strings||6||6||6||6|
The Instrument Store has done it again with its Legacy line of guitars. Our mission at The Instrument Store is to make music playing affordable for everyone. Like all Legacy instruments, we work directly with our partner factories to bring you outstanding instruments at a players price. Our guitars were a top seller last Holiday Season and we have redesigned them for 2012 to make them better then ever. We have added more styles and colors. Read the reviews and you will see how our customers are shocked with the quality of Legacy guitars for the reasonable price. With its lightweight and comfortable contoured solid alder body, and smooth maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, this Legacy guitar is great for beginners or veteran players. Many buyers customize them with high-end electronics, saving hundreds of dollars versus other brands. The single coil pickups with 5-Way pickup selector and tone knobs can give you a wide array of any tones you desire. The 14:1 Tuning Machines, coupled with the Vintage Tremolo Bridge provide fantastic tuning stablilty, and sustain for a guitar in this price range.
Top customer reviews
This is a China-made Strat knockoff of 3 piece alder. The grain is not matched perfectly, but at this price I'm not complaining. Finish itself is nicely done, and the body is smooth and well contoured like a strat should be.
Tuners are decent quality. Probably on par with a Squier. Toggle switch is solid, and well defined when switching between positions. Bridge saddles are pot metal. Bridge itself is a vintage tremelo with 2 spring system. In my opinion, that's the weak link in the hardware. 3 single coil pickups with plenty of twang on bridge. Neck pickup sounds surprisingly good. Not too muddy and good crunch when dirtied up. Knobs and pickguard are typical at this price point and are fine. Nut is plastic--again typical.
The neck is a nice fairly fast maple, with highly polished rosewood fretboard. Frets are medium jumbo, and very similar to a Squier. Frets were well finished and level. Playability was very good out of the box, and intonation and action required minimal setup. The neck is probably the best part of this guitar. It's excellent quality for the money.
Overall--GREAT beginner guitar, and better than many at twice the price. I was very pleasantly surprised at the quality. I would not go so far as to say this is a $399 guitar, but it's certainly in the Squier neighborhood as far as quality.
I have an Amazon Prime account and received it within 2 days, and I was charged the correct price. It did not come with a packing invoice, which would have been nice. It did come with a 3 paged book detailing how to set it up and take care of it. The guitar was braced at the neck and had foam and plastic wrapping around it.
First inspection, the guitar was in pretty good condition. No scratches, dings, or anything major. Like a Strat, the finish is glossy and all the body contours are there. I read a few complaints about the weight, but I consider it to be "medium weighted".
After closer inspection for cracks in the body, as some had complained about, I did find three veining out from the sides of the screw plate on the back. They all seemed to be from one main crack. After very careful inspection, I believe that the cracks are only in the FINISH and NOT the body. The cracks likely came from when the screws went in too tightly into the body during assembly. Since the cracks aren't in the body, I can overlook it and eventually buff them out and fix them. For the common person, this is not an attractive option as not all are capable or willing to go through such tedious rework. However, the cracks don't affect the guitar structure and one has to be looking to see them.
Some complained about the frets being sharp. Mine was no exception. Along both sides of the neck, all the way up and down, the edges were fairly jagged. They didn't seem so bad at first, but after about 10 minutes of jamming, my fingers were fairly chewed up in the middle (palm side). I took a file and smoothed off the edges. That improved things drastically, and made it playable. I still get a bit of chew on my fingers, so I'll have to file over them again. In my honest opinion, not a great selling point.
I purchased a Fender Jag-Stang back in 1999. The company that I bought it from was courteous enough to intonate it for me. This one was NOT intonated, and I understand why. The strings are shipped loose (very loose) so no damage can occur during shipping.
I read quite a lot of reviews about this guitar not staying in tune. I would be willing to bet that most didn't know to have their guitar intonated, and perhaps that's why it's not "staying in tune". And they won't when they aren't intonated. Otherwise, you'll tune each string perfectly, only to play a chord and hear it sound out of tune. Intonation should correct for this.
I personally intonated it, and it holds a tune. If you don't know how to do this, the book gives instructions. Be aware that they are rudimentary, and you may need to have a professional intonate it. It may cost about $50, so I recommend looking up "how-to's" on the Internet. There are a few videos that show how to do it on your own.
The strings aren't too bad, as some have said, and the pickups still give a Strat-like sound. Tuners are fluid when turned.
Overall, I rate this 3 stars. It's average for the price. I got pretty much what I expected. Intonate it when you get it, and it should be okay. Watch the frets to be sure that they don't chew up, or even cut, your fingers.
UPDATE: After a month of playing this guitar, the frets are still chewing up my fingers. I have now had to do file work on them three times. In my opinion, this simply isn't acceptable and I'm changing my review from 3 stars to 2. The only reason I'm not giving it 1 single star is because it's staying in tune. I agree with Jim - get a Squire Strat. They aren't that much more money and are well put together.
First of all, the components with the exception of the tremolo are pretty much the same dimension as the beloved Mexican strat. Tuners are a cheap version of adjustable Schallers with the earhole at 45 degrees, pickguard is 11-point standard footprint and rest of electronics are OK. Nut is a flat-bottom plastic, which can easily be upgraded. Wood finish is about what you would expect in a $100 guitar.
Many folks will be OK with the guitar out of the box, but it can be so much better for just a little more effort. The seller DOES provide much more of the information and tooling you need to set this instrument up to your liking than most domestic makes.
The workers who put these together in the factories overseas have probably never played a guitar, so some allowance and adjustments have to be expected, especially considering that you are paying just 10% of the price for a USA-made instrument. Mine was delivered with an untightened truss rod and tuning keys that were loose. As well, the sides of the frets were a little rough, probably due to expansion/contraction of the neck during shipment via ocean container. This is not uncommon even in more expensive domestic maple necks.
I spent about 30 minutes addressing these adjustments, put a fresh set of strings on and now have an axe that plays as well as any Mexican strat.
At the end of April 2013, after I bought a second one, pricing went up by about $40 per unit for a short while thus making me re-evaluate my review, but now that pricing is even more reasonable, I am even more enthusiastic about the product.