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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:35 pm    Post subject: P-90 Teardrop at Hello Music Reply with quote

Looks interesting for $175



"This is an Indy Customs Teardrop 100 Electric Guitar. Finished in a Three-color sunburst, this guitar pays homage to the super cool Vox teardrop guitar of the 1960ís. This one has a Maple neck and fretboard, two P-90 pickups, three way switching, a volume and a tone knob, and vintage style tuners.

Why this is a great opportunity: Get ready to channel your inner Brian Jones. This Indy Custom Teardrop guitar looks just like the old Vox model from the 60ís, but has been updated with matched P-90 pickups for that great P-90 single coil tone. The Basswood slab body has a great vintage looking three-color sunburst finish and a tortoise shell pickguard, and the Maple neck has 22 nickel frets. This is a really cool looking guitar, and would be great to bust out on stage, especially for any Stones songs you might have in your set."




Features:
- Basswood slab body
- Maple neck
- Deluxe neck profile
- 22 nickel frets
- Maple fingerboard
- Vintage style tuners
- Chrome hardware
- Matched RPG P-90 pickups
- 3-way toggle switch
- Volume control
- Tone control
- Hardtail bridge
- Tortioshell pickguard
- GHS strings
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I warn you now - it'll be shit. Fairly sure all these Vox copies are churned out of the same factory in India (seen them under umpteen different brands, the most famous of which is Phantom Guitar Works); much as I've wanted to like them (I'd love a Vox Phantom), they've been dreadful, resembling a guitar in the same way those TVs for display purposes only you see in Ikea reesmble real TVs.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And this is why basswood almost always has a solid finish... boring Razz
Gotta agree with Benecol's assessment of what to expect. Would love to be wrong, though.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:59 pm    Post subject: Re: P-90 Teardrop at Hello Music Reply with quote

Also:

westtexasred wrote:

- Deluxe neck profile


"I'll tell you what sir, I can see that a gentleman of taste like you, he doesn't want our regular neck profile; oh no. For the same money, I'm going to throw in our deluxe neck profile at no extra cost."
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 1:10 am    Post subject: Re: P-90 Teardrop at Hello Music Reply with quote

benecol wrote:
Also:

westtexasred wrote:

- Deluxe neck profile


"I'll tell you what sir, I can see that a gentleman of taste like you, he doesn't want our regular neck profile; oh no. For the same money, I'm going to throw in our deluxe neck profile at no extra cost."
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

benecol wrote:
I warn you now - it'll be shit. Fairly sure all these Vox copies are churned out of the same factory in India (seen them under umpteen different brands, the most famous of which is Phantom Guitar Works); much as I've wanted to like them (I'd love a Vox Phantom), they've been dreadful, resembling a guitar in the same way those TVs for display purposes only you see in Ikea reesmble real TVs.

There are some exceptions to this rule, though. Eastwood did a short run of Teardrops and Phantoms in their early days, but were quickly slapped with a writ to cease and desist as Phantom Guitar Works bought the rights to manufacture copies from Vox. I guess in light of the recent Eko reissues that their agreement has timed out. Or was it just limited to The Americas?

There's a Brian Jones signature model - a limited run, authorised by his estate - too, which is a good authentic copy of the real Mark VI - all the others fail in some way or other.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One look at the way the switch is fitted (those screws into the wood) and the knobs (flush with the body) tells me this is a piece of junk.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

timhulio wrote:
One look at the way the switch is fitted (those screws into the wood) and the knobs (flush with the body) tells me this is a piece of junk.


The Teadrop Implodes. Razz
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

UlricvonCatalyst wrote:
benecol wrote:
I warn you now - it'll be shit. Fairly sure all these Vox copies are churned out of the same factory in India (seen them under umpteen different brands, the most famous of which is Phantom Guitar Works); much as I've wanted to like them (I'd love a Vox Phantom), they've been dreadful, resembling a guitar in the same way those TVs for display purposes only you see in Ikea reesmble real TVs.

There are some exceptions to this rule, though. Eastwood did a short run of Teardrops and Phantoms in their early days, but were quickly slapped with a writ to cease and desist as Phantom Guitar Works bought the rights to manufacture copies from Vox. I guess in light of the recent Eko reissues that their agreement has timed out. Or was it just limited to The Americas?

There's a Brian Jones signature model - a limited run, authorised by his estate - too, which is a good authentic copy of the real Mark VI - all the others fail in some way or other.


The EKO copies are licensed by Phantom Guitar Works. Who are licensed by Vox.

The Brian Jones signature models are manufactured by Hutchins, which were basically slight upgrades to the Alden models, all from the MUSE RD factory in China. They aren't that bad. The Aldens were originally as low as £120 or something daft when they were being sold by Cranes Music in Wales, and I'd say for that price you'd have been hard pushed to find a guitar that looked quirky AND could actually be played by somebody without bionic arms or tone deafness.

Vox still make their own teardrops and phantoms, but they're sort of like beginners guitars with speakers built in. I'd like to get one just to see if the actual guitar is worth modding, but I'd rather not take the risk.

The Phantom Guitarworks models are half decent (funnily enough I got to play one recently) but they're still mass produced; for the prices they charge you'd expect them to be special handmade runs or something, but they're really only a small step up from the Alden/Hutchins models while four times the price. (Like Eastwoods, in fact, which I suspect a good few, if not all, are made in the same MUSE RD factory alongside Alden, Hutchins, Gould and Jay Turser, and yet somehow manage to accumulate an extra 100% markup on their brothers and sisters by the time they make it into shops).
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

timhulio wrote:
One look at the way the switch is fitted (those screws into the wood) and the knobs (flush with the body) tells me this is a piece of junk.


Those screws are through the wood to the mounting plate on the switch. This is common 3 or 5 way switches mounted through a back side rout. Look at any superstrat without guard.

But yes, probably not a good guitar and I think tear drops are ugly.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I think tear drops are ugly.


Yeah, some people look hideous when they cry.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guitars need at least one horn.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's got one right in the middle. With frets on it.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

61fury wrote:
Guitars need at least one horn.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is that weird glitch effect on the video?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dokterrock wrote:
What is that weird glitch effect on the video?


It happens sometimes on youtube, switching the quality normally fixes it (240p in this case solves the problem).
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gabriel wrote:
240p in this case solves the problem

For me, it also reduces the audio quality - the treble cut is quite dramatic.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gabriel wrote:
Dokterrock wrote:
What is that weird glitch effect on the video?


It happens sometimes on youtube, switching the quality normally fixes it (240p in this case solves the problem).


Bummer, I was hoping it was intentional. Because of how rad it was.
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