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    So, I grabbed one of the last ones on Amazon. Paid $169 shipped.

    I have to admit, the reviews were spot on. I've never been so impressed with a $169 guitar. It was playable right out of the box with the stock strings. I can't believe they are able to sell guitars this cheaply today.

    It has a decent acoustic tone and sounds great plugged in. It's nicely appointed. The tuners work. The wood grain shows through the finish. To be fair, it has a few finish blemishes, but I cannot complain given the cost of the instrument.

    I ordered some light gauge flats and a wooden bridge for it.

    I see that they are currently sold out on Amazon but if you can get your hands on one, I highly recommend it.

    I'm just keeping mine at the office to have something at work to jam on during lunch. I couldn't be happier. It's certainly no professional instrument, but it's exactly what I was looking for, especially considering the price.
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    Looks pretty cool to me. A non-cut single P-90 guitar is totally my bag.

    Life is good if your type of job allows for a guitar to be hanging around. I always have a guitar or 2 in my classroom, just in case I get a spare moment (or a student wants to jam at lunch) and I'd say we definitely live in the "golden age of inexpensive instruments."
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. beaumont View Post
    Looks pretty cool to me. A non-cut single P-90 guitar is totally my bag.

    Life is good if your type of job allows for a guitar to be hanging around. I always have a guitar or 2 in my classroom, just in case I get a spare moment (or a student wants to jam at lunch) and I'd say we definitely live in the "golden age of inexpensive instruments."
    Right on!! Really liked your Joyo American Sound vid btw.

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    Nice. How’s the P90? I would expect it to be hot.


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    Another benefit of this sort of guitar is that you aren't afraid to mess it up when you need to learn a new skill. I do my own set up's, replace pickups, cut new nuts, and level frets. Would like to learn to make bridges next since I can never find what I want on the market. Cool looking guitar. Enjoy, make music, and don't hesitate to tailor it to your needs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blille View Post
    Nice. How’s the P90? I would expect it to be hot.


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    Yes, it certainly can be. But at lower volume levels it performs quite nicely.

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    Cool! I actually saw some postings on Facebook about these, but I couldn’t find a seller overhere (Europa). Only on Amazon USA but that’s not very lucrative with import taxes and transport and all.

    They look like Epiphone knock-offs or at least inspired. Maybe from the same factory even? But these have the 24.75” scale I believe (which I prefer).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Jay View Post
    Cool! I actually saw some postings on Facebook about these, but I couldn’t find a seller overhere (Europa). Only on Amazon USA but that’s not very lucrative with import taxes and transport and all.

    They look like Epiphone knock-offs or at least inspired. Maybe from the same factory even? But these have the 24.75” scale I believe (which I prefer).
    They sell via eBay as well and direct IIRC

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    Quote Originally Posted by blille View Post
    They sell via eBay as well and direct IIRC
    I don’t find anything when search for ‘grote guitars’.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Jay View Post
    I don’t find anything when search for ‘grote guitars’.....
    https://ebay.com/usr/grote-guitar (had it saved )

    and Grote Guitar

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    I have been eyeballing these to go along with the new reissue Harmony tube amp I have on the way for a cheap living room guitar...another thing to go on the Christmas list!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfling View Post
    I have been eyeballing these to go along with the new reissue Harmony tube amp I have on the way for a cheap living room guitar...another thing to go on the Christmas list!
    Please do a NAD post when you get the amp, I’m very curious.

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    Rather nice looking guitar. I dig the Retro/Deco vibe. Congratulations, and play it in good health!
    Best regards, k