6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Almost unbelievable value,
This review is from: NEW Johnny Brook Standard (Strat) Electric Guitar Red
I couldn't resist buying this at such a low price as it appears almost identical to a 60's Fender Strat (ref. Hank Marvin) and I figured that even if it was unplayable it would look good as a piece of iconic art.
It has exceeded my expectations in every respect. It feels very solid and the finish is excellent - great paintjob. The only problem appearance-wise is an unevenness in the colour of the rosewood fretboard... but that might polish out in time.
Regarding playability, the neck is great, fast and was well setup in the factory. The electronics seem fine and are configured like an original 60's strat. The big let downs are the plastic tuner knobs, which have had to be replaced by the distributor as they cracked in no time at all, and the tremolo bridge which is very rudimentary and seems positioned about 5mm too close to the neck for the intonation to be easily set-up. I have got there in the end by removing the spring from the low E string bridge saddle to extend its range of movement backwards and then lowering the action. This is very straightforward to do though takes a while. And intonation is now pretty good with no fret buzzing. And it seems to be staying in tune reasonably well. The tremolo bar operation is crude though. The electronics do seem to have a sensitivity to picking up occasional hums and buzzes from elsewhere in the house.
I changed the strings for a decent new set and compared the sound to my son's Pacifica and my own vintage Yamaha SG. The Johnny Brook is harsher and raw and it is very hard to get a nice warm sound. While it certainly packs a punch, the sound is very thin and bright and I am finding myself dialling down the treble knob on both guitar and amp to take the edge of this.
If you are prepared to do a little setting up work, you can have a fun and very playable starter guitar for very little money.
And if that doesn't work out you have a great piece of iconic design to hang on the wall.