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Where Purchased: Elderly Instruments
Year Purchased: 2015
Price Paid: 2550 ($US)
My first impression was that it is quite loud for an R body. The tone is very pleasing and even across the entire fretboard. I've been told by at least one top player that it has the classic Beard tone. To my ears it is a bright, nasally sound in a very desirable way, if that makes any sense. Great clarity from the lowest to highest notes.
Sound Rating: 10
Setup seems exceptional. It is very easy to play. Intonation is great and there are no buzzes at all.
Setup Rating: 10
The work all around seems flawless. The color scheme and hardware are very appealing in my opinion. Red sunburst with no body trim with a high gloss finish and a combination of black and resolution black hardware. The sunburst fades quickly from red to black with solid black finish all around the edges of the body. It looks great, but I wonder how it would look with a more gradual and natural fade. The grain in the birch veneer is vivid and visually appealing. The gloss finish looks very tastefully done unlike some other instruments where the laquer is unevenly applied and too thick.
Appearance Rating: 10
Hardware all seems top quality. The tuners turn very smoothly. The finish looks like it will wear very well.
It seems very dependable.
Reliability Rating: 10
I haven't needed customer service, but I did have some questions and they were helpful.
Customer Service: 10
Components Rating: not rated
I am very pleased with this instrument. I was looking to replace an instrument that was stolen. I was hoping to find an R body that was loud enough and had a tone that was, to my ears, versatile. I was also hoping to find a red sunburst and of course this fit the bill. The black hardware is a nice touch and is quite "bad ass" according to my son :-)
I don't think you can go wrong with a Beard. The build and finish on my instrument seems to be flawless. Beard seems to consistently put out very high quality instruments across their entire line.
Overall Rating: 10
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