Crafter Constantine DX Reviews 5

Phew, where to start? I know, I'll make a list: 1. It has the classic Les Paul design. 2. The amber quilt maple top is outstanding. It's bright, bound, unique on a les paul "copy" that I know of, doesn't have a really obvious line down the middle, is well varnished and is repeated on the headstock aswell. 3. The pickups are alnico magnets and sound every bit as good as the Epiphone's "Gibson designed" ones that I tested on the Les Paul Studio through a massive Line 6 amp. 4. The Gold hardware is great and really stands out on the pickups. Its even on the input jack! 5. The headstock is PRS style and not as craaaazily large as the Epiphone Les Pauls. 6. The inlays are really unique, they look like they're in a shell of some kind.

1. The neck binding next to the fretboard isn't perfect and is slightly rough in places. It's also got what looks a bit like dirt (but i'm pretty sure isn't) in a couple of places where the finish isn't perfect. It's hard to explain unless you have a guitar with neck binding, but just check for it if you go and try one out. My Dad's Hohner has a little bit of this, but not as much. The body binding has also been stained slightly by the paint (which is only visible on very close inspection). I think it may just be that it's not an especially expensive guitar so I can't expect perfect quality. 2. The action is quite high, but that may have been the store technician's personal preference and I could probably just lower it with the twist of the golden tune-o-matic bridge...

1. Solid neck joint. 2. Body made entirely of mahogany (like most Gibsons), not like the Epiphone which is part alder according to their catalogue, a lower quality wood if I'm not mistaken. 3. Gold hardware untarnished and looks like it wont rub off in any way. 4. Solid, but thin, body. It has been proven that body thickness has little do with sustain as long as the woods are good and the neck is well set anyway. 5. Tone and volume knobs don't turn especially easily, but they don't wobble or crackle either. 6. Neck is generally very good aside from the binding problem above.

sam_faf rated this unit 5 on 2005-01-05.

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