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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-04-2008, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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Greg Bennett Guitars

There is a piano shop near where I live that sells guitars. strings, and...well, pianos. I'd never looked at the guitars before, but I noticed as I walked out that they had a big "S" on the headstock. I asked the shop guy and he went on this big spiel about Samick guitars and how they made/make Gibson's guitars and blah blah. I'd never heard of them so I went home and did a search and they have some nice looking instruments. I searched on here, but they're really only mentioned in passing. So I was wondering if anyone knew anything about them? Quality/tone/all the junk.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-06-2008, 06:04 AM
 
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Yeah, a mate of mine has the Ultramatic 1 modelhttp://www.gregbennettguitars.com/um1.html

Considering the price it's a good guitar. To my eye it's well finished and the hardware gets the job done. Out of the box intonation, tuning, action etc were quite good quality... much better than some similar priced Epi's, Squire and Ibanez Gio.

Live he plays through an old Laney 100w and it rips. The pickups don't seem to have any major feedback problems and deliver a good sound for a punk band.

IMO it would be a great guitar for an advanced learner and not a bad back up.

I have a Samick little guitar (like EVH little Les Paul) and it's a great sounding guitar. Good build, good pick ups, great toy.

Hope this helps.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-06-2008, 06:21 AM
 
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They are Samick. I think Greg Bennet Design
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There is a piano shop near where I live that sells guitars. strings, and...well, pianos. I'd never looked at the guitars before, but I noticed as I walked out that they had a big "S" on the headstock. I asked the shop guy and he went on this big spiel about Samick guitars and how they made/make Gibson's guitars and blah blah. I'd never heard of them so I went home and did a search and they have some nice looking instruments. I searched on here, but they're really only mentioned in passing. So I was wondering if anyone knew anything about them? Quality/tone/all the junk.
Well, Samick makes a lot of the Epiphone models, which isn't really Gibson, but I guess he's not "technically" wrong since they are owned by Gibson. I think they have also made some of the Korean Ibanez models - I think the Korean ones with a "W" at the beginning of the Serial Number are Samick if I remember correctly. That being said, the 3 necks I've had from Ibanez ICX models from that plant were all garbage that twisted horribly and are completely useless now.

BUT - I do have a Samick Artist jazz guitar from around 1997 or so that's actaully pretty nice, with decent sounding stock pickups as well. I've known a couple of guys with Bennett series models that have liked them. I've never really played one extensively myself, but I think they do probably put a little more quality into that line like they used to do when they had the Samick "Artist" line, so they may be good instruments.
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Samick was a company known for building other peoples guitars to their specs of course, as well as their own beginner and affordable line. Similar to Cort. Simply because it was cheaper to hire out to them than to build your own factory,stock it with employees, and hope it was worth the investment for the guitar line. Usually overseas stuff, American stuff is usually made by whoever the company is...That's where Samick fell in, a small company making inexpensive guitars who was hired to do others work. A few years ago they revamped their whole line courtesy of Greg Bennet. I'm not a huge fan of their stuff but I think that's because of the mystique of the old cheaper Samick stuff that I can't mentally get past....
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My understanding is that they are a bit more upscale than the standard Samick guitars. Sort of like Lexus and Toyota
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Samick was a company known for building other peoples guitars to their specs of course, as well as their own beginner and affordable line. Similar to Cort. Simply because it was cheaper to hire out to them than to build your own factory,stock it with employees, and hope it was worth the investment for the guitar line. Usually overseas stuff, American stuff is usually made by whoever the company is...That's where Samick fell in, a small company making inexpensive guitars who was hired to do others work. A few years ago they revamped their whole line courtesy of Greg Bennet. I'm not a huge fan of their stuff but I think that's because of the mystique of the old cheaper Samick stuff that I can't mentally get past....
I agree - that's what's kept me from the Greg Bennett stuff. The only reason I have that Artist Jazz box is that I essentially got it for free brand new over 10 years ago and figured I'd just see what it was like - and I really liked it, so I kept it. Not one of my main players, but it's great for when I want a cool little jazz sound.
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Samick, as I understand, is a Korean company that builds other companies guitars. I have an accoustic/electric that I bought at a 'piano's and stuff' store that's a greg bennett samick and it's wonderful. i tried it against other accoustic/electrics that were the same to slightly more expensive and found it was a great bargain. It was a solid cedar top with a fishman piezo system in it for under 350. I've had it a couple years and it has held up great.
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Thanks guys for the replies. Very helpful. I was thinking about getting one for now, and then a better Ibanez when my skill level gets higher. (An E-Gen would be sweet, and by then I'll have saved enough money to buy one.) I'm not at the stage yet where I need a $1,200 guitar, so Samick was interesting to me. I might just go for the RG1EX2 instead, though.
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Don't base buying a guitar on what anyone else says go with what feels solid to you. Whether that's a $1700.00 Fender or an $850.00 Greg Bennett. Whatever inspires you should do the trick!!

I just bought a Parkwood and I never thought I would play something like this but I am on this thing every day now...
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