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Old 04-30-2019, 03:50 PM
GroovyException GroovyException is offline
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I've had my OT22 for less than a week so take this opinion with a pinch of salt. Add another pinch or two for my general lack of expertise (< 3 years playing) and talent. Far more accomplished guitarists than me have written glowing reviews of this model.

My OT22 is ok, a reasonable guitar for the price. It's well constructed, the setup is perfect and it certainly doesn't sound bad. Aesthetically, it's disappointing. The overall quality of the finish is a step below budget instruments I've owned from other lower-end brands like Blueridge, Gretsch and Sigma. The (acacia) fretboard is particularly unattractive, but if CITES isn't a consideration then you may still be able to pick up one of the original spec models with rosewood.

I think it's worth bearing in mind that when many of the original reviews came out, the OT22 sold for $379 and some buyers reportedly got a free Guardian case bundled with it. An incredible deal. However, that same setup cost me $530 (and I noticed that the price label left on the case was $10 below what I was charged).

My teacher owns a vintage LG2 and it is a truly wonderful guitar. I don't think my Farida can hold a candle to that old Gibson, but if I keep it long enough I may get the opportunity to compare them side by side.
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