05 Oct

Invicta watches review for buying the stylish watches

The finest Swiss time pieces that are made of Invicta watch group has withstood the test of the time, with more creative chronograph styles and designs and also the most attractive craftsmanship. This reputed time piece firm has been around for nearly two centuries. So many years later firm of this high quality time pieces that has reinvented itself as form recognized to provide the top quality Swiss time pieces at very attractive prices. This particular brand of time pieces has been earned for itself the best places in the list of most preferred watches lists of several time pieces collectors and enthusiasts all around the globe. Even there is more numbers of times piece collectors they will take greater interest in these particular types of time pieces.

Swiss Chronograph collections

The Lupah Swiss Chronograph collections of the Invicta watches are one of the favorites, as its establishment at the beginning of the new millennium. In addition to this , the great looking Speedway Reserve line of the time pieces that are the parts of the Invicta Chronograph watch catalog of 2008, that looks elegant and also functional. The chronograph categories of the Invicta watches are sport a surgical solid stainless steel cases that is with the anti reflective sapphire crystals.

When it comes to the speed way watches you can find the signature logo of the particular model that is etched right on the end of the time pieces. The best part of this watch is its textured dial that is comes in the assorted colors of the rich hues. Its indexes and also patented hands are luminous. There are several other lines in the Invicta watch collections. You can visit the several online websites where you can able to get the most recent catalogs downloadable  pdf files. Even there are many websites will offer the Invicta watches review.

Things to know

These types of review are very helpful to you to know about the various features of the watches and also other factors that you are required to consider while making the Invicta watch purchase. In fact there are several things that you need to keep in mind while you are purchasing the invicta time pieces. You can make uses of the online firm to buy these watches since it is very and safe method of purchasing. These types of shops will offer the watches at very reasonable prices. In addition to this you can also offered with the secured payments options to pay.

From the time to time the promotions of this particular time pieces are also announced in the online websites. So you can easily catch the special deals and also offers on  your Invicta chronograph time piece purchase. You can also read the Invicta watches review to get more info.

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08 Oct

Cort Guitars CR230

If you’re in the market for a low-cost LP-style guitar, make a note on your shopping list to give the CR230 a try. This model features all-mahogany construction, and with its gloss black finish and flawless cream binding it exudes the timeless appeal that Gibson’s “black beauty” has always had for rock players. The workmanship all around is of high quality, and you can feel it right away in terms of playability. The neck has a good amount of heft–perhaps a bit too much for some hands–and the smoothly finished frets made for easy bending with the stock .010-046 strings. The fret ends aren’t at all spikey either, making it easy to slide up and down the neck. The intonation is musically pleasing too, and once pulled to pitch with the die-cast machines, the CR230 stayed in tune quite well during a spell of particularly dry California weather we were experiencing during the testing phase for this roundup.

This guitar has the sonic range afforded by a pair of humbuckers and independent Volume and Tone controls, and it offers increased flexibility via push-pull Tone pots that split the coils of the pickups for some cool single-coil textures. The passive EMG HZ SRO humbuckers have plenty of output and girth, so being able to split them provides a quick way to get more sparkling sounds with a modest reduction in output. Activating this function on the neck ‘bucker when in the dual pickup setting, I found some great rhythm tones, and by varying the levels of each pickup, the CR230 offers up quite a lot of useful sounds.

The bridge unit by itself travels from sturdy rock crunch to searing lead tones, all of which can be easily adjusted to suit the amp by dialing back the Tone controls. Going from a Fender Deluxe to a Marshall PA20 and the best overdrive pedal–and using an Alairex HALO pedal for higher gain sounds–the CR230 was consistently tunefuland satisfying, I brought it along as a spare guitar for a recent gig playing jazz-based instrumental music, and it cut it well for both clean and overdriven tones, garnering a few compliments for its looks in the process.

The EMGs can do just about anything you ask of them–from light to heavy with lots of cool points in-between–and they certainly contribute to making the CR230 a good choice for players who want the natural sustaining qualities of a Les Paul (albeit one without a maple top) with the enhanced tonal range needed to cover a wide swath of styles.

So even if Cort isn’t a name that immediately comes to mind when thinking about affordable electrics, they have a large product line with a lot of worthy contenders that come in at surprisingly low prices. Definitely a brand to consider when the budget is tight, and the CR230 certainly proves its abilities in that arena.

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06 Oct

Dinette Guitars: Stratotone Replica

Seeing and playing a Dinette guitar is very much like listening to XTC or Jellyfish. Like the well-written and quirky songs from those bands, Dinette doesn’t boast a huge body of work, but each guitar is unique. This model evokes the familiarity of classic guitars from the ’50s and ’60s, but also offers a very distinctive flavor that is totally “Dinette.” Dinette guitars are built in a small and very secret shop in Northern California that produces no more than ten guitars a year.

WEIRDO FACTOR

This guitar–often referred to as “The Peanut“– is made from the leaf of a yellow Formica “mother of toilet seat” dinette table. Not a new-ish table sourced from some cheap-o replica furniture store, but a vintage table from somewhere around the era of the Eisenhower presidency. In fact, when you look closely at the guitar, you can easily see knife and fork marks from decades of use as some family’s actual kitchen table.

PLAYABILITY & SOUND

Ronni, the chief designer and builder of these guitars, explained that the 20-fret neck is from a ’60s Harmony Bobcat that he reshaped to look more like a Harmony Stratotone (hence the Harmony decal). In addition to the aforementioned ’50s dinette-table top, the back is a thick ply of flamed maple, and the chambered body is held together “Danelectro-style” with grip tape and glue. The tuners are Grover-inspired Alebards that have a cool diamond shape to the grip and work smoothly. The bridge is a ’90s Wilkinson with adjustable saddles for the G and B strings.

Interestingly, Ronni used two single-coils designed to be placed in the neck position for both the neck and bridge pickups. As a result, the neck tone is very full, the bridge really cuts, and the dual pickup position sounds skinny, out-of-phase, and scratchy like an old Motown skank vibe. Every sound of out this “dual neck pickup” guitar is terrific.

Although it’s a replica of sorts, this Dinette plays way better than any 20-fret Harmony I’ve ever come across. I’m not sure if it’s due to the pitch of the neck and how it meets the body, but the rather large neck fits snugly in your palm and plays solidly and accurately. I never get the feeling I’m playing a budget or student guitar–this “Peanut” plays and feels as great as most pro guitars.

VALUE

I paid $800 for this guitar last year. For me, it was a total deal. This guitar is extremely usable in both studio and stage settings. The sound is so cool, in fact, that I really wonder why some other manufacturers haven’t offered two neck pickups as an option. They really work well together.

WHY IT RULES

There are a number of handmade guitars available for sale, but most Dinette guitars are one-offs. Mine is musical, whimsical, unique, and as fun to play as It is to listen to.

You can find Dinette guitars for sale online at dinetteguitars.com, or sometimes at Pinterest, Reverb, and Etsy.

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16 Sep

Xaviere XV-555

Xaviere guitars have traditionally fared well in our budget solidbody roundups. Like everything on guitarfetish.com, they deliver tremendous bang for the buck. This model impressed right away with its beautiful dark burst on the 3/4″ maple cap and black solid mahogany neck and back. The addition of a Floyd-licensed whammy on an LP-style guitar elicits strong reactions from some, but for me it gives the XV-555 a Justin Derrico-approved rock attitude. Of course, one thing that some people fear about locking whammy systems is getting them in tune initially, and sure enough–the 555 needed serious tuning when it arrived, so I unclamped the nut and got it in the ballpark with the tuning machines before re-clamping and getting it spot-on with the fine tuners. That proved a little tricky because the fine tuners on the bridge were very tight and tough to turn. Probably nothing a good lube job wouldn’t fix, but it was hard work. I also noticed that the saddles weren’t in the staggered array that is typical with standard-gauged string sets, with the B string saddle noticeably closer to the pickups than the high E … hmmm. Checking the intonation with a Peterson tuner confirmed that it was indeed off a tad. Certainty fixable, but a tough enough job on a Floyd that I’d rather not have to.

I checked out the 555’s amplified tones through my trusty Vox VT20+ and it absolutely delivers what you would hope for from a two-humbucker guitar. The bridge tones provide good rock crunch with nice detail, and the neck tones are clear and articulate. Plenty of two-humbucker/3-way switch guitars can seem limited in their range of sounds, but not this one, thanks to the beautifully voiced Volume controls. I had no problem transforming a singing lead tone into a distorted rhythm sound all the way into a sparkly clean-ish tone Just by turning down. Sweet! Same deal on the neck pickup; I was able to get a truckload of nice sounds by riding the Volume knob. This makes the Xaviere a great candidate for gigs where you just want to lug a one-channel amp, and you can’t say that about every guitar.

From a playability standpoint the XV-555 was a little stiff. It’s normal to have to really lean into bends on a floating whammy guitar to counteract the inherent sag, but I feel like I have to fight these strings a bit to get bends to sing. This is partly a setup question and, once again, is something that strikes me as very fixable. (Xaviere offers this guitar with a Tune-omatic style bridge for $209.)

There was a time when players would buy an inexpensive guitar, spend a little to set it up, and be totally happy. Companies like Xaviere have raised the bar for quality on budget guitars so high that it’s easy to believe you no longer need to do that. But the fact is that the 555 brings so much to the table from a tonal and visual standpoint that you would still have a great bargain on your hands if you kicked down a little extra to make it all it can be.

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13 Sep

Danelectro Baritone

As introduced by Danelectro in the late 1950s, the Baritone model with its heavy strings and B-to-B tuning quickly found its niche as the “tic-tac bass” that was used so effectively on recordings by Patsy Cline and other country artists of the era. Bringing this classic sound to modern times, the Baritone on review here is a sleek, single-cutaway guitar that looks resplendent in its black finish with cream-colored tape on the sides. The body is constructed of a wood frame with a top and back of Masonite, and to this structure is bolted a gloss-finished maple neck sporting a 30″-scale rosewood ‘board that holds an aluminum nut and 24 frets. Despite the frets’ inconsistent crowns and some random file marks, the playing feel is quite good thanks to a setup that accomplishes low action with almost zero fret buzz. The fret tips are also trimmed and beveled so that your hand isn’t hampered from gliding easily along the neck. An adjustable six-saddle bridge helps keep the intonation solid too, and the result is a guitar with a sound that is coherent and musical.

Plugged in, the Baritone sounds deep and ringing, with a twangy and tactile low-end response. This expressive instrument gives the feeling that you can play pretty much anything and it’ll sound good. The fact that it’s a fifth down from standard tuning often lends to some interesting musical moments when jamming with others (especially when a guitarist or bass player tries to get cues from your hand position!), but the Baritone sure can juice-up a band’s sound with its signature low-end thwap. I love the machine-like rumble it produces, and the resonant construction brings a liveliness to it ail that is often missing from solidbody instruments. Listen closely when playing the Baritone acoustically and you can even hear some natural reverb around the notes.

The Baritone‘s pickups feature classic lipstick-tube construction, whereby the coil wire is wrapped around an alnico magnet, covered with tape for insulation, and then inserted into a metal capsule. The modern versions use machined metal tubes rather than surplus lipstick cases, and the pickups in this instrument also are given a few more winds for mildly increased output. As always, though, the result is a unique sounding single-coil that produces a bright, jangly sound that’s ideal for translating the sound of fat strings and a long scale into the amplified realm. Tested through a Carr Skylark combo and a Fender ’65 Deluxe Reverb reissue with hand-wired circuitry by George Alessandro, the tones were rich and detailed, with plenty of twangy edge on the bridge setting that worked great for rockabilly-style riffing, and a warm, clear delivery from the neck pickup that sounded cool for jazz chords. I especially dug the dual-pickup setting when infused with tremolo, as that swampy, pulsing tone is pure magic for melodic excursions on country and roots-rock tunes.

The hipness factor of the Baritone is reason enough to own one, and like many guitarists who’ve gravitated to playing baritone, you may well find yourself looking forward to those songs in the set where you can put your “other” guitar aside, and throw down with the Baritone.

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28 Aug

Ibanez RG7421PB Electric Guitar

Given Ibanez‘s formidable history with both 7-strings and shred machines, the RG7421PB comes to us with a solid pedigree for a sub-$500 performer. There’s a version available with double-locking vibrato, but this one is nailed down with through-body stringing and a fixed bridge for those who eschew the wonders of whammy. The distinctive, super-Strat-derived RG body shape will be familiar to anyone already splashing in the deep end of the metal pool, and the RG7421PB does credit to its upmarket brethren in the range in terms of dress and components too. The solid mahogany body is capped with a poplar burl top finished in Sapphire Blue Flat–a no-gloss finish that, despite just a couple glitches, looks great over this exotic wood, and even shows a fevy enticing divots where it has sunken into the natural flaws in the burl. Ibanez’s 25.5″-scale, 24-fret Wizard 11-7 neck is a three-piece maple construction with rosewood fingerboard, and feels about as comfortable as an extremely slim 7-string creation is likely to be. Your dealer might agree to smooth out any bumpy fret ends, a few being in evidence on this model.

Pickups are Ibanez’s gutsy ceramic QM7 models, measuring 9.5kQ in the bridge position and 8.90kD in the neck, with two rows of fully adjustable polepieces each. Wired through a clever 5-way selector that offers full neck, neck in parallel, both pickups full, both pickups inner-coils only, and bridge full, they deliver plenty of power and a boatload of sonic versatility. Master Volume and Tone controls, diecast mini tuners, and black chrome on everything round out the package.

Tested alternately through a Dr. Z Remedy head and closed-back 2×12 with Celestion G12-65 and Creamback speakers, and a Line 6 POD HD into Mackie HR824 monitors via a Fireface 800 interface, the RG7421PB quickly showed itself equally adept at tight, thumping, low-string metal and wailing upper-fret excursions. Growly low-S and -E string riffs were a ball with the Remedy set fairly clean, emitting a firm, piano-like boing with a gutsy wallop behind it. Staying in the clean zone, I was also surprised by how good this guitar sounded for a wide range of playing styles. Its pickups delivered sweet high-end shimmer, plenty of tactile bite in the mids, solid lows, and no hint of harsh or brittle tones–a downside of some lesser ceramic pickups. Dialing up an uber-high-gain POD patch really thrust this RG into its element, though, tapping the incendiary nature of the beast. Between the gut-rumbling rhythm chunk and the eviscerating shred up top, the bridge pickup aptly covered all the bases. That alone would probably suffice for many 7-string shredders, but each of the remaining voices had something constructive to bring to the table.

All in all, the RG7421 PB proved an impressive performer, an easy guitar to find my way around, and a good option, in this price range, for a player looking to make an easy transition into the rumbling world of the 7-string.

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22 Aug

Yamaha Pacifica PAC510V

The Pacifica clan of Yamaha’s solidbody electric lineup has always had some impressively performing members that don’t cost an arm and a leg, and the PAC510V is a noteworthy addition. It offers super clean lines, robust hardware and a simple electronics package consisting of Volume and Tone controls and a 3-way selector that toggles between three different wiring modes for the Duncan Trembucker P-Rails pickup: Humbucker, “soap bar”, and single-coil. The strings anchor into a beautifully machined Wilkinson VS50-6 vibrato bridge, while locking Grover tuners take up the slack at the headstock end. The gloss-finished neck is given a hip looking vintage tint, and its comfy shape and well-attended frets provide a sweet playing feel. The setup was great on arrival: The action was low on the deck, string buzz was practically non-existent, and intervals and chords sounded musical in all positions. The Wilkinson‘s vibrato action felt smooth and precise, and moderate workouts on the arm didn’t cause any tuning problems once the strings were fully stretched. In all, the PAC510V is ideal for players who favor a quick playing guitar with a bright, resonant sound, and the bolt-on neck and gloss-finished solid alder body combine in a synergistic way to achieve these aims.

Though the single-pickup format is sonically limited, Yamaha has found a creative solution to increased flexibility here via the Duncan P-Rails‘ switching functions, and the result is a guitar that can dish out a surprising range of sounds: from bright and twangy to full and meaty, with a throaty, P-90-style response thrown in for good measure. Played though a Fender ’65 Deluxe Reverb reissue (which was modified with hand-wired circuitry by George Alessandro), as well as a vintage Marshall PA20 head driving an Alessandro 1×12 speaker cabinet, the PAC510V made it easy to cover everything from jazz tones to crisp funk textures to sustaining overdriven sounds. The “soap-bar” setting offers a great midrange bite that, while not exactly turning this guitar into a Les Paul Junior, does give it some blues-rock authority that I found compelling enough to keep it full time on this setting. When a cleaner tone is needed, you’ll find the Volume knob doesn’t shave off highs when turned down. That’s the job of the Tone control, and this one yielded predictable treble rolloff without making things overly muddy in its lower settings.

The PAC510V really shines for fusion-y instrumental and harder rock styles, and there’s no reason that you couldn’t use it for blues or roots music too, as it has the capacity to go there sonically, and the bending feel is as good or better as on any higher priced American-made Strat. For what this instrument costs, the PAC510V is a gem of a guitar that shows some forward thinking on Yamaha’s part as it continues to strive to give players a boatload of bang for the buck. In short, if a hot-rodded, single-pickup S-style ax works for you, this is a guitar to tryout.

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31 Jul

Washburn Parallaxe PXM100C

Washburn continues a tradition of solid, powerful, entry-level rock axes with the Parallaxe PXM100C, a menacingly elegant creation that looks like it’s here to get the job done. Impressive at this price are details such as an ebony fretboard with stylish mini-dot markers and 12th-fret phoenix inlay, the inclusion of the Buzz Feiten tuning system for optimal intonation, and the inventive patented Stephens Extended Cutaway neck joint. In addition, the smooth, accomplished construction and setup speak to the guitar’s overall quality. A carbon-black matte finish conceals a solid basswood body and a maple neck, complemented by black hardware and plastics. Through-body stringing emerges via Washburn’s own fixed low-profile bridge, which has rounded sidewalls for a comfortable right-hand playing position. A pair of Duncan Design humbuckers–vintage spec in the neck, hot as hell in the bridge–take it all home through master Volume and Tone and a 5-way switch that offers the popular selections of a full neck, neck in parallel, both pickups full, both pickups inner-coils only, and bridge full.

Beyond all of this, I was impressed by the fact that this guitar’s action felt the smoothest and most ready right out of the box of any of the three guitars that I personally tested in this roundup. Although it. was a narrower neck than I’d usually select for myself, the profile was extremely comfortable, and the result was superbly playable all the way up thanks to snag-free fret ends and a gently rolled binding edge. There were Just a few fret-crown burrs that I felt when bending the G and D strings up the 13th to 15th frets, but nothing major.

Plugged into a Dr. Z Remedy head and closed-back 2×12 with Celestion G12-65 and Creamback speakers, the PXM100C sounded entirety passable into semi-clean settings, though more musical on the neck and middle positions, This bridge pickup is predisposed to spit fire, so I quickly moved to indulge it, winding up the Remedy’s gain and reining in the master, for some old-school classic rock grind that brought this guitar right into its wheelhouse. With this platform, the PXM100C‘s bridge pickup emitted lots of sting and sizzle in the highs (though not icepicky), solid lows, and enough nasal honk in the midrange to help my lead lines bark through with ease. Several high-gain settings on a POD HD into Mackie HR824 monitors further elucidated this Washburn‘s talents, revealing singing sustain, willing harmonic feedback, and easy pinched harmonics all up and down the ‘board. This isn’t one for your lounge-jazz gig at the Holiday Inn or a country twang-down at the harvest festival, but for scorching rock and metal tones, a confident playing feel, and admirable looks and appointments in this price range.

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28 Jul

5 Top Reasons to Use Waist Cinchers

Women across the world love to wear a waist cincher due to the fact that it helps reduce their waist size and provides them with a slimmer and narrower body shape. This type of outfit was widely used in the Victorian era and has resurfaced in the recent years with great force. Earlier, these were made out of different materials like whale bones. In the present days, most of these are made of plastics and fiber. Cinchers are a must for women who would like to get a figure that would make men go crazy. Corsets can make you appear curvy. There are in fact 5 major reasons to use waist trainers.

Gives you slimmer waistline

These make your waist narrower and slimmer than your hips and breasts. An hourglass shape in women is much valued, and it comprises of a slim waistline, flat stomach and big breasts. Generally, men like their women to be curvy with slimmer waists and a bigger bust region. With the help of cinchers, you can tuck in the extra pounds of your stomach and keep the additional fat limited within a specified frame. With the help of these sensual dresses, you can hide your bulge and make your waist appear slender in shape.

Makes great undergarment

You have to wear your best waist trainers under your dresses. You can tighten this type of dress with a belt or a band in order to get the compression that you want. With garters, lace or the right kind of trimming, you can also use them as a type of sexy underwear.

Helps lift your curves

These outfits can also help lift your curves and buttocks. These can give you a sculpted body shape and with continuous use over a course of time, you will also be able to rectify your postural problems. You will look more different and be able to change your body shape in a permanent manner. These dresses can keep your additional fats limited within a strict frame.

Provides a lot of control

Wearing these kinds of dresses can also help you get a lot of control to your back, abdomen and waist areas. These can be the perfect solution for your shaping up your body. Once you have broken your corset and moved down one size at a time, you will be able to slim your waist down by as much as 4 inches. Some cinchers also boast of good orthopedic features that can help improve your body posture by offering support to your spine.

Provides your body with better shape

With the help of cinchers, you will be able to improve your overall body shape. You can reduce your bulges and shape your figure. You can get cinchers that are made of polyester, spandex, nylon or Lycra. Many of these are constructed with metal or plastic stitched to them. The waist and tummy appears flatter and slimmer in shape with extended use of corsets. Make sure that you choose only those corsets which do not restrict your motions or breathing in any way.

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25 Jul

Epiphone Casino Coupe

Small-bodied semi-hollow guitars have seen a rise in popularity in recent years: The diminutive Gibson ES-336 often appears on stage when Jon Herington deals out classic Steely Dan licks, while both Gibson and Epiphone offer compact ES-339 models. The design originated with the idea that players used to solidbody instruments might want the acoustic woodiness of a semi-hollow, but without the attendant size and weight of a standard “thin-line” like the ES-335 or Epiphone Sheraton. Like the original Casino–which was made famous by John Lennon and George Harrison–Epiphone’s new Casino Coupe is fully hollow, yet its smaller body helps tame feedback issues common with hollowbody instruments. It also packs the distinctive bark of P-90 pickups.

Our test model Coupe came in a blond finish, looking much like Lennon‘s–that is, if he had accidently run it through the dryer and shrunk the body. (Lennon‘s guitar was not originally “blond,” however–he sanded down the original finish to reveal the bare wood.) Visually, the Coupe’s proportions might take getting used to, but strapped on they worked immediately for me. The neck was well balanced by the body, placing no strain on the fretting hand, and the smaller body reduced tension on my back when playing it for long stretches.

One reason Gibson initially put a center block in its hollow guitars was to enhance sustain. Lacking this, the fully hollow Coupe’s notes tended to decay fairly quickly when I played the guitar straight into my Little Walter 50 Watt or a new Epiphone Century amp. Where this fully hollow instrument trumped its center block cousins, however, was in delivering a more acoustic sound. Combined with the warmth of the P-90s, the result was a distinctive clean rhythm character that sounded excellent whether strummed or fingerpicked.

Kicking on a little drive quickly solved any sustain issues and allowed the Coupe to push easily into hard-rock territory. The bridge pickup packed a nice twangy bite, and the small body let me turn up quite loud in a small space without losing control of the feedback. That said, I still wouldn’t want to be facing the amp in a high-volume situation.

The Coupe‘s neck pickup produced everything from Grant Green-style jazz tones to dynamic, Daniel Lanois-style distortion. The Volume controls evidenced a smooth taper and consistent tone throughout their range (i.e. the sound didn’t darken when I turned down), and the four-knob scheme allowed me to wring a wide variety of sounds from the Coupe by playing with the bridge and neck volume balance in the dual-pickup setting.

The Casino Coupe plays well, is easy on the shoulders, and it sits in a cool sonic space that’s unlikely to be covered by any of your other axes. And with a price that’s so affordable, there are plenty of good reasons to add this guitar to your arsenal.

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