Re: NGD - Hardtail Content
So they're both Les Paul pretenders, but how do they stack up? Well, they're both big, chunky, pieces of kit. The SZ is a smidge Liberace to look at, but only a smidge.
The SZ is a seriously heavy piece of wood, and it shows when you play it. It has sustain for days and the Ibanez/Duncan pickups have got gorgeous harmonics all over the place.
The SE is also chunky in construction but it feels like a lightweight in comparison to the SZ. Tone-wise, it punches above its weight but it has a more one-dimensional sound compared to the SZ.
Both have a similar feel to their necks. You might think that the painted/laquered finishes would make for a slow neck but they really don't get in the way. OK, so they're not the way to go for a shredder but they don't feel like a baseball bat either.
The frets on the SZ have excessively sharp ends, which is in stark contrast to the quality finish of everything else on the guitar. By contrast, the SE doesn't do anything odd to stop you in your tracks when you're playing.
In summary, a decent pair of hardtails for a good price. They're not going to be your first port of call for a shredder guitar but the blues is strong with both of them and either of them make a great noise for rhythm playing. Worth a look.