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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Lust For Life by Custom 77, ... (Review)

Reviewed By: Jac Harrison
Demoed at: All Star Music Academy (Flemington NJ) 
Street Price: $585.00 USD  + tax & shipping

About:
Custom 77 is a Manufacturer of  French built guitars.   
This Lust For Life by Custom 77 has a solid alder body with a set one piece maple neck covered with a rosewood fingerboard dressed with 22 frets topped with a synthetic bone nut in a trans blue gloss with a Plate 3 ply pearloid pickguard.


Hardware:
Chrome tuners, Tune-O-Matic bridge  (2) volume & (1)  tone knob.

Electronics:
Matching set of Alnico V pickups Double "Modern77"  with a  3-way selector switch.

Sound

Amp used 
Line 6


Cables used:
Mogami
 
Selector position Neck: 
Clear and warm but thin without the mids, almost out of phase but not.

Selector position Neck & Bridge: 
Had more sparkle than spank, a nice blend for rhythm and some pop rock leads.
Selector position Bridge: 
Pop rock lead, PRS-ish.
Action, Fit & Finish: 
The action was low without buzz, and the intonation was dead on. The finish had a few spots that were wavy. 
 
Reliability & Durability:  
The guitar felt well built, but I only tried it for about 15 minutes. The shop owner stands by them and I don't believe he would sell crap guitars.

Impression: 
The guitar was evenly balanced and easy to play. It has a lot of similar features to a PRS SE but with a set neck. What I really liked was the strat style pickguard. All of the electronic components were mounted directly in it, so you could swap it out to another pickup configuration giving you the endless sound possibilities without destroying your guitar. The neck was a fat D shape and was comfortable in the hand. 

What I would change:
I would have liked a coil tap on the humbuckers and a tremolo. 

My advice:
If you are in the market for a PRS SE or a humbucker strat and have a budget of under $600, I would recommend this guitar. 


Contact:
Custom 77
FRENCH GEEKS
BP 1133
69203 LYON CEDEX 01
06 80 64 21 33
custom77.com

Posted 04/2012