TeenageShutdown! wrote:What's the quality of these guitars like? Are they on par with Squier?
It's a hard comparision to make just based on a few days, and also since people have reported having quite different experiences with their Squiers. My VM Jaguar, the red one in the pictures, is the only one I have played for any longer time. It's an extremely solid instrument, one of the high-quality ones for sure, but before I got into setting it up it felt rather flimsy.
Time will tell how the Revelation holds up, but yes. I think it's about the same level of quality. The frets are level and filed properly, the finish is spotless (well, there's one spot, but it's on the back, under the spring cover plate), the setup left a few things to be desired but I have a feeling it's been sitting in storage for a while and then gone through international shipping, so that's understandable. The pickups are Entwistles that are actually really nice, though I think P90's might be just a tad too dark and growly to really complement a 12-string. The wood seems good too, someone said it might be alder but I can't tell. I'm having a few issues with tuning but I think that might be due to vibrato use, nut slots being too narrow and the setup not being quite on point yet.
To summarise, all the major things are remarkably good, but it's not perfect. Is it well worth the money you pay for it, which is less than the VM Squiers were at launch, which was less still than they are now
? Yes, no doubt. Not perfect, but with a bit of TLC and a decent setup you'll have a well-playing, great sounding, sturdy-feeling instrument.
There's a lot of really smart little tweaks to it. One of those is the nut. It's about 50mm wide, which completely removes that typical 12-string issue of the string pairs being too tight together. You really don't have that here, the trade-off being that it's a massive neck that someone with smaller hands might find kind of unwieldy, especially while playing chords.
Another thing that just feels great is the tuners. They're Kluson-style, but the keys themselves are thicker and rounder. They feel substantial in your hands, very stable. And that can be said for the whole guitar, pretty much.