Because I feel like my natural personality really flourishes by the powers of text I’m following this video review up with a text summary. The guitar is a hand-built Eric Joseph Nigerian Movingui on Yellowheart. The neck is hand-carved of Mexican granadillo with a matching granadillo fretboard. The frets are medium jumbo nickel silver and are complimented with a bone nut.
The gold hardware is very complimentary to the natural hue of the wood. The strings are tethered down with a Tune-O-Matic bridge and Wilkinson tuners. Both pickups are Seymour Duncan humbuckers, the bridge being an SH-PG1 Pearly Gates and the neck being an SH-1 59. Within the neck is a Hot Rod double-action truss rod, and the guitar has a penetrating tung oil and carnauba wax finish. The guitar weighs 8 lbs. 6 oz, and comes with a Gator brand hardshell case.
The neck of the guitar took a mere matter of minutes go get used to and the more I played on it the more I loved it. The neck has a very smooth, very comfortable shape to it that probably felt more natural than any other guitar I’d played. And no, I’m not just buttering things up. This guitar is incredible. A well built neck is something to behold and Eric Joseph knows what he’s doing. I don’t know what it is but there’s something satisfying about bending and sliding around on the strings across this neck.
I’d spent a good few hours playing around with all sorts of different effects, distortions, and overdrives and the overall consensus was it I enjoyed the neck position with anywhere from delicate overdrives to thick distortions compared to the bridge pickup which I preferred mostly just overdriven.
The only authentic complaint I could think of was a gripe about the location of the strap buttons. It’s on the topside of the guitar and when standing the strap is in a position apt to peel off, so I’d recommend switching to strap-locks off the bat unless you always sit. To be fair all of my straps are worn out around the opening, so I didn’t have the resources to test with a brand new, still durable strap.
But considering that’s the worst thing I could spot on this guitar that’s passing in flying colors. It’s a beautifully crafted, very comfortable guitar and considering it costs $1195.00 that’s all the more enticing. A lot of household name brand guitars off the factory line cost $1200, like my Gibson SG for example. There isn’t one aspect of this guitar I didn’t prefer to my SG. Sorry, Gibson, but Eric Joseph’s made a believer out of me.
Rating: – Comfort – 5
Rating: – Tone – 4.5
Rating: – Quality – 5
Rating: – Build – 4.75
Rating: – Fixed My Crummy Sense of Rhythm – 0
Rating: – Overall 4.81
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