First up, this is branded "Richwood", and the only place I've ever seen them being sold new is on eBay (via Dangleberry Music's store). They range in price from just over £200 to just under £500. This one's from the upper end of that range.
It's an "RE138". Looks like Mahogany back & neck with a quilted maple top. The top is only a veneer. There's a lot of mother-of-pearl (esque perhaps?) inlays, all around the body and the edges of the fretboard. Hardware is satin/matt gold and all quite functional.
I bought it because it had a pair of BKP VHII pickups in it and got it for a good price. It doesn't have those anymore, but I've reinstalled the original no-name humbuckers instead.
It's actually incredibly good to play. The action is low, no buzzing. The neck is straight and quite thin/fast. Trem arm included. Note the individual roller saddles.
It's unmarked, clean, with no problems at all, at all, at all.
Made in Korea according to the sticker on the back, and I've no reason to doubt it based on the general construction quality.
At £140, it's got to be a bargain?
I'd keep it, except I've seriously run out of guitar-keeping space ...
I'll post some soundclips later tonight so you can hear it too.
Last edited by TTony; 2nd August 2009 at 04:40 PM.
Reason: Guitar now sold.
With all the usual disclaimers about being a pathetic player (etc), I've just recorded some soundclips.
I've used a cheapo cheapo mic into a Boss BR-600 to record the sound out of my Marshall JTM 60. There are no effects added anywhere, no pedals, and no emulations used on the BR-600. It's as honest a representation of the guitar/amp combination as I could get. Note that the mic is a £20 special though, and it's just resting on a cushion on the floor in front of the amp, so it's probably not helped the sound any!
Very interested, as I missed out on this when you bought it on eBay! Second me, although I am going on holiday very soon...
It is genuinely quite a surprisingly good guitar. For the money, it's ridiculously good. Take a listen to the soundclips and you'll get a reasonably good idea of how it sounds (thru a Marshall valve amp, obviously!).