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G’day everyone,

I thought I’d break the habit of a lifetime and stop lurking in the background and write something useful! I’ve recently purchased on of the ACG “Graft” Basses and have been inspired enough to chuck together a quick review. I hope it’s of use, if anyone has any questions feel free to PM me.

[u][b]Spec:[/b][/u] Alder body with a Shedua top, 3 piece Maple neck with a Rosewood board no radius, East 2 band EQ with selectable frequency centres for the bass and treble, ACG FB humbucker, Hipshot Type B Gotoh GB7 tuners. Satin finish. You can look at it here:

[url="http://www.acguitars.co.uk/Gallery/238/"]http://www.acguitars.co.uk/Gallery/238/[/url]


[u][b]Build:[/b][/u] Top notch craftsmanship, I can't find anything amiss anywhere and I have looked very carefully! The Hardware all top quality stuff, Hipshot bridge, Gotoh tuners, no OEM cheapo's to be found here, the neck is beautifully finished, smooth as silk and fitted into a really tight neck pocket. The fretwork is immaculate and the body has a really nice finish to it. To sum up,for me the quality is every bit as good as my Nordy's and Sadowsky's, Nuff' said! [b]10/10[/b]

[u][b]Playability[/b][/u]: The first thing you notice is the weight or lack of it, mine weighs under 8lbs and if like me you have a "hinky" back this is a really boon. When playing, it's easy to get comfortable, balance is very good and it just "hangs well" as it were, no neck dive or weird angles. The asymmetric neck profile takes a few minutes to get used to but is really comfortable and makes perfect sense once you have become accustomed, it is fast and a doddle to play even for my smallish hands. Upper fret access is good and getting around the thing presents no problems. [b]9/10[/b]

[u][b]Sounds:[/b][/u] Played unplugged it's full, resonant and has plenty of "harmonic content" (apols, can't find a better way of putting it)! it reminds me a bit of my old Alembic Orion. Plugged In and set flat you get a ballsey and throaty kind of sound, really fat and punchy, it is very articulate so if your sloppy or get it wrong your going to hear it but the flip side of this is that it picks up every little musical nuance you put in. Eq is a 2 band Circuit by John East with both cut and boost offering a decent array of sounds, it definitely has its own "sonic signature" and is not a Fender or MM clone but it is versatile, it may not have the filters found in the more expensive ACG's but I was able to get a more than usable sound for pretty much any style I can think of and love the generally beefy tone. [b]9/10[/b]

[u][b]Overall:[/b][/u] If I'd bought this at over £1k I'd have been more than satisfied, needless to say with a £675 price tag I'm very happy indeed! Your unlikely get a new skyline at this price and you'd also struggle to get a decent second hand Stingray or Fender for this kind of money, so a high quality "hand built" instrument for me represents exceptional value, I do have to admit this was my initial motivation for buying it but having played it I think its worth a punt in its own right regardless of the great value. The shapes are " different"for some folks will be a bit of an acquired taste but I'm convinced; sounds, playability, exceptional build quality and something that's just a tad different did it for me, I'd definitely buy another, bargain!

Further details here:

[url="http://www.acguitars.co.uk/"]http://www.acguitars.co.uk/[/url]

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[quote name='giblett123' post='1090516' date='Jan 15 2011, 03:21 PM']G’day everyone,

I thought I’d break the habit of a lifetime and stop lurking in the background and write something useful! I’ve recently purchased on of the ACG “Graft” Basses and have been inspired enough to chuck together a quick review. I hope it’s of use, if anyone has any questions feel free to PM me.

[u][b]Spec:[/b][/u] Alder body with a Shedua top, 3 piece Maple neck with a Rosewood board no radius, East 2 band EQ with selectable frequency centres for the bass and treble, ACG FB humbucker, Hipshot Type B Gotoh GB7 tuners. Satin finish. You can look at it here:

[url="http://www.acguitars.co.uk/Gallery/238/"]http://www.acguitars.co.uk/Gallery/238/[/url]


[u][b]Build:[/b][/u] Top notch craftsmanship, I can't find anything amiss anywhere and I have looked very carefully! The Hardware all top quality stuff, Hipshot bridge, Gotoh tuners, no OEM cheapo's to be found here, the neck is beautifully finished, smooth as silk and fitted into a really tight neck pocket. The fretwork is immaculate and the body has a really nice finish to it. To sum up, the quality is every bit as good as my Nordy's and Sadowsky's, Nuff' said!

[u][b]Playability[/b][/u]: the first thing you notice is the weight or lack of it, mine weighs under 8lbs and if like me you have a "hinky" back this is a really boon. When playing, it's easy to get comfortable, balance is very good and it just "hangs well" as it were, no neck dive or weird angles. The asymmetric neck profile takes a few minutes to get used to but is really comfortable and makes perfect sense once you have become accustomed, it is fast and a doddle to play, even for my smallish hands. Upper fret access is good and getting around the thing presents no problems.

[u][b]Sounds:[/b][/u] played unplugged it's full, resonant and has plenty of "harmonic content" (apols, can't find a better way of putting it)! it reminds me a bit of my old Alembic Orion. Plugged In and set flat you get a ballsey and throaty kind of sound, really fat and punchy, it is very articulate so if your sloppy or get it wrong your going to hear it but the flip side of this is that it picks up every little musical nuance you put in. Eq is a 2 band Circuit by John East with both cut and boost offering a decent array of sounds, it definitely has its own "sonic signature" and is not a Fender or MM clone but it is versatile, it may not have the filters found in the more expensive ACG's but I was able to get a more than usable sound for pretty much any style I can think of and love the generally beefy tone.

[u][b]Overall:[/b][/u] if I'd bought this at over £1k I'd have been more than satisfied, needless to say with a £675 price tag I'm very happy indeed! You won't get a new skyline at this price and you'd also struggle to get a decent second hand Stingray or Fender for this kind of money so a high quality "hand built" instrument has to be worthy of some consideration. The shapes are for some folks a bit of an acquired taste but I'm convinced; sounds, playability, build quality and something that's just a tad different did it for me, I'd definitely buy another, bargain!

Further details here:

[url="http://www.acguitars.co.uk/"]http://www.acguitars.co.uk/[/url][/quote]
PS sounds to follow.

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[quote name='TapyTap' post='1212115' date='Apr 26 2011, 10:00 PM']How are those clips coming along? :)

Nice looking bass.[/quote]
Clips have been on the back burner, v busy recently! this one is for sale at the mo at a v reduced price, I was so taken with it I've ordered a couple of full custom builds (ouch, poverty beckons etc so needed so free up some dosh) which can be seen in the build diaries.

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