Ktone Travel Guitar

Ok, I admit it. I was seduced by the low low price.   This Ktone travel guitar, found cheap on ebay, is apparently a knockoff of the Hofner Shorty.  The Shorty gets reasonably good reviews, so I took a chance on this one.    After a few minutes with the Ktone, it became very clear that the flaws in workmanship and detail far outweigh the price savings.

Turns out, sometimes you get exactly what you pay for…  Take a look:

So, I’m now turning my attention to the significantly more expensive, but undoubtedly waaaay better Traveler Guitar Escape EG-1 Vintage.  I had a chance to play it at a local GC, and this one looks to be a winner.

Here’s some pictures of the Ktone guitar, which start off promising and then go downhill fast:

Ktone Travel Guitar- Ultra cheap gig bag, cord and wrench includedKtone Travel Guitar

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Vox SSC33TB Guitar

I recently had a chance to play the new Vox SSC33, and it’s a thing of beauty.  This is the mid-priced 33 series guitar, in the single cutaway, teaburst finish, with an ash top, mahogany body and neck, and rosewood fretboard.  It’s an incredible value when you consider it shares the same MaxConnect aluminum bridge, CoAxe pickups, and super-smooth tuners as Vox’s higher end 55, 77 and Virage guitars.  And it comes with a really nice padded gig bag.

The neck is very comfortable and playable, with a 12” radius and 25 1/8” scale length.  I’ve updated my Neck and Neck chart with all the measurements and details. 

As you can hear in the video, you can get an incredibly versatile range of sounds out of the pair of CoAxe pickups, with the Clean and Lead modes.   The volume pot is an Alpha 500k audio taper, with no treble bleed- but you can hear in my volume examples that it maintains brightness pretty well when turning down.  It has a really uncommon 4PDT switch in there for the pickup mode selector.    The tone cap is a .015uF poly film, which provides a nice useful tone range.

Total quality workmanship, perfect setup, excellent sound.  It’s a winner.

Update May 18, 2011: For more about the CoAxe pickup system, see my interview with Vox R&D’s Eric Kirkland.

Photo gallery continues after the break:

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Video Review of the Epiphone Riviera P93

Just uploaded my first YouTube video ever 🙂  It’s a quick overview of the Riviera P93, along with some demos of the three P-90 pickups individually, and my thoughts on possible mods/improvements.

I’ve got some more videos and audio examples, coming soon, so stay tuned…