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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Vicious Monkey LP, Outstandingly Affordable ... (Review)

Reviewed By: Jac Harrison
Purchased from: Manufacture
Street Price: $589.99 USD with Gig Bag
Tusq Nut
Strings, DR Pure Blues 11 - 52

A single cutaway LP Copy by Vicious Monkey
Made in 2012 , assembled in Flemington New Jersey. This guitar has 22 standard frets on rosewood fingerboard with inlays at the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 12th, 15th, 17th, 19th, & 21st. A one piece mahogany neck through a solid chambered mahogany body with a flamed maple laminated top and cream binding.

Your standard Tune-O-Matic style bridge and tailpiece in silver. 2 Volume, 2 tone controls speed knobs. Grover 14:1 machine-heads Gibson style.

We went with the standard passive electronics, neck and bridge alicino humbucker pickups, with 3-way toggle. 
Sound Neck:
It has a warm round well balanced tone that you would expect form an LP. Great for blues Jazz and mellow rhythms.

Sound Bridge:
Bright with a good amount of attack, personally I would have like a little more output from the bridge pickup.

Sound Together:
A little thin, but when I rolled back the bridge to 8 it was just right and every note came through strong.

Action, Fit & Finish:  
This guitar was clean with a few small minor cosmetic imperfections, the action was low without any buzz.

Reliability & Durability: 
This guitar is pretty reliable. I played it for 3 hours and the tuning held up for the most part. The intonation was dead on and the frets where smooth with a proper fit. No noise, no crackling knobs. It's just built well.

If I was given this guitar to play not knowing the price I would have put it in the $1,200 - $1,500 range. When you are spending less than $700 for a guitar you normally get a piece of junk that is massed produced. This guitar is outstandingly well-built for it's sticker price. I would prefer this guitar over any Epiphone or Gibson LP in its price range. With the weight just a 7.8 lbs you can play it all night without killing you back!!

My advice 
Buy It, plug it in and turn it up!!!!  

Vicious Monkey Music
433 US HWY 202
Flemington, NJ 08822

Posted 04/2012