Carlson PG60 Reviews
This PG60 guitar was made in 2008 in Clackamas, Oregon USA. This double cutaway features a solid ash wood body, hard maple neck with rosewood fretboard. I got the clearcoat natural finish, although I was tempted to get the black cherry because of how rich and sharp it looked. The 22 frets are medium jumbo size and the body has a contoured edge, so the center of the guitar is thick and the edges are thinner as if the top and back are arched. I think of it as a crossover between a Ibanez Joe Satriani model and a Fender Stratocaster. The PG60 is setup like a fat strat, it has a single coil middle and neck pickup, and a humbucker at the bridge and sound amazingly sharp and clean for passive pickups. The pickups are made for Carlson, I checked into where and how they are made and they are similar to a handful of other mid range higher output passive pickups. The company that makes the pickups for Carlson guitars also makes for other brands like EMG and are located in Korea. There is one volume and one tone control and a 5 way selector switch. The bridge is a Floyd Rose which is one of the Korean made Officially Licensed Original and Speedloader combo, I have seen some of these bridges before online and with a few guitar parts suppliers and are probably made by Gotoh or Schaller. The tuning machines match the gold colored hardware and are Gotoh sealed tuners. The neck and fretboard are the highlight of the guitar. The neck is really slim and easy to play, it is not toothpick thin but is certainly thinner compared to most guitars. The fretboard is pretty broad making shredding and solos easier to play, especially compared to my 70's Gibson Les Paul. Finish work is great, better than most guitars I own and have played. I was not impressed with the lack of shielding and the quality of electronics. The price of the guitar was reflected with the electronics used, I am spoiled with Gibson and PRS components I guess. I have been playing for decades, I play rock and blues mostly. I own a PRS SC245, Gibson Les Paul, MIM Fender Strat, Ibanez Joe Satriana model, Carlson PG60 and a Parker custom shop Fly Mojo. This guitar is the easiest to play on and hold, I like the Parker and Ibanez almost as much as the Carlson in how they play and feel, but I like the tone of my Gibson, PRS and Carlson the best. I might sell my PRS because it is worth more than what I value it, the Carlson is a far better value and similar quality guitar. I didn't plan on adding it to my collection, but after playing on it I had to have it, I will be checking out other Carlson guitars as soon as I get an itch to play something different.
This is my favorite guitar to play on and is a fantastic value. I have spent triple on my Gibson and PRS which are not 3 times the guitar. I am surprised at how well rounded the guitar is, from design and craftsmanship to the feel and tone. It's not perfect but close. Fantastic.Ryan Williams rated this unit on 2009-08-14.
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