Re: Sustain problems in S-series???
So I finally broke down and ordered an S5470F from MF. Since Prestige models were not available locally I was a bit reluctant to order without trying it first. I couldnít be happier! I managed to enter one coupon only for 15%. I donít play professionally, just for hobby. Having said that, below are my first impressions. To keep it in perspective, I have two other guitars (Yamaha RGX312, Fender Strat) and use a Fender Princeton Chorus amp with a Boss GT-3 multi effect.
RECEIVED CONDITION: Guitar was received factory sealed in Dec 2011 with quality inspection stamp dated Jun-2011. The guitar was impeccable.
WHATíS IN THE BOX: A high quality case (if it were any bigger I could sleep in it!), ownerís manual, inspection labels, a clear plastic bag with ďTeam J CraftĒ stamped on it, a swiss knife looking tool kit (allens, Phillips screwdrivers, etc) and trem bar in the bag, and guitar.
FACTORY SETTINGS: Out of tune. Action was just right for me but with slight string buzzing on the lower strings, first few frets. Once I get more acclimated to the guitar Iíll adjust neck, but for now the buzzing is not significant enough to bother me.
BODY: This has to be the most ergonomically correct guitar Iíve ever played! Itís like it just melts in your body. Donít let the thin body fool you. This is a solid, sell made instrument. The finish is amazing. The internet photos donít do it justice.
HARDWARE: The ZR2 trem is excellent. It will just not come out of tune after pulls/dive bombs all day long. I canít comment much on the ZPS but you can remove it if you like. The pickups sound excellent in all positions in clean or overdrive with little or no noise. Canít imagine name brand pickups being much better, if at all, but thatís a matter of your personal taste. Knob feel is very solid and high quality. The pickup switch can make a little noise at high amp volume while switching but not enough to bother me. I tend to not mod my instruments but the stock hardware is excellent in my opinion.
SUSTAIN: This was an initial concern I had. Compared to my other guitars I see no real difference. Itís just fine to me. I canít say how it compares to a Les Paul or similar. Maybe itís just me but I did notice that when set to just the center pickup the sustain on the strings 1 and 2 (high E, B) at the 20+ frets the sustain dropped slightly. Again, nothing to worry about in my opinion. Note that these strings sounded clean with no buzzing.
You will not find a guitar that is perfect in every way but this one comes pretty darn close in my opinion. Hope this review helps.