For so long I've heard such great things about Rondo Music, and their generously affordable line of guitars. I was skeptical. Why wouldn't I be? The price point of most of Kurt's guitars is just ridiculous (in a good way).
Anyways, about a week ago I was experiencing severe G.A.S and finally decided to take a look at Rondo Music Home Page
to see for myself what the hype is all about. Long story short, I binged.
I ended up purchasing a Douglas Gravity WF SH TA (to be exact)
the list price is $139.95, but it ended up being around $160 with shipping.
(Still an amazing price)
Here's a quick run down of the specs
-Flat-top guitar with basswood body and ash burl top!
-Hard rock maple neck with adjustable truss rod!
-Rosewood fretboard with 22 frets and dot inlays!
-Bound body and gold hardware.
-Two humbucker pickups for traditional sound!
-One volume, one tone control, plus and 3-way pickup selector switch
-Traditional TOM bridge
-Die cast chrome tuners!
-Trans amber finish!
-Width of the Neck at Nut: 1 5/8", at the 22nd Fret: 2 1/4"
-Length: 39 1/2", Scale Length: 25 1/2"
-Width at the Widest Point: 13", Body Thickness at the Edge: 1 3/4"
-Weight: 9 lbs
I'll start with the bad:
First and foremost the pups. Double HB configuration. The cleans for both the neck and bridge aren't too shabby, but as soon as we add some distortion they are as muddy as a sandlot during a tsunami. Zero note definition.
I guess you can't expect much from cheapy chinese pups. I'm sure the rest of the cheapy electronics don't help either.
I already knew the guitar would ship with cheapy strings, but I never thought my E string would snap while tuning the damn thing.
Easily fixed with a set of D'addarios
Wooden nut. I can already tell it will need replacing.
Nothing a Graph Tech won't fix.
That's really all I have to complain about - and this was already to be expected.
Die-Cast Chrome tuners (gold finish)
I've heard people complain about SX and Douglas tuners time-and-time again. I haven't had the guitar long enough to tell, but I've played it for about 8 hours straight today and it has yet to go out of tune.
However, that won't stop me from throwing some Grovers on there.
TOM Bridge and tailpiece are of good quality.
The Bridge looks like it could be a ABR-1.
The switch feels nice. No wobble, and locks into position nicely.
Intonation was perfect aside from the Low E and D. Easy fix.
Satin Maple (2 piece)
Relief was perfect out of the box.
The satin finish is a pleasure for my hands. Silky smooth. No stick.
Definitely not the typical fender tele shape. It's a little wider, but it feels really nice.
The glossed rosewood looks stunning, and feels nice on my fingers.
No sharp edges, no fret popping. All frets were even, No string buzz.
Maple back (seems to be 3 piece), 1 piece Ash Burl top. Bound body.
The quality of this thing is ridiculous. The top is absolutely stunning, and binding on a $140 guitar?
I **** you not, the quality of the Neck and Body of the guitar can easily stand its ground against a $+500 guitar.
Aside from the cheapy electronics, and the questionable nut and tuners this thing is amazing. It just feels like a quality made guitar, and it looks the part as well.
I will upload my own pictures tomorrow morning.
Thanks for reading,