The GOOD, the less than good, the really great.
After the 4 month wait, finally received the Ian Tyson Inspiration.
The Good: Beautiful woodwork, good action, excellent case, well packaged and
arrived intact and unscathed by UPS and multiple other shipping adventures.
The Lass than Good: Was missing the nylon tool to adjust the front/back
balance on the Anthem pickup system. Contacted L.R. Baggs and they are
sending one via post. Also was expecting an unattached clear pick guard, was
not included. If I decide to put a pick guard on will source via internet.
There is one blemish on the guitar......a chip in the finish at the edge of
the cable plug-in/strap knob. The fitting is secure and the blemish is in a
spot that is invisible when the strap is in place. Not a biggie, but just
wanted to give a full, honest review. Contacted John and he said a clear pick guard is on its way and that compensation will be provided for the chipping at the strap peg.
The REALLY GREAT: The sound!!!! What a live, balanced sound. For a "green"
guitar, this amount of resonance and purity of tone are amazing and foretell
of even more wonderful sounds as the guitar matures and seasons in. Have been playing the guitar for a month or so in rehearsal and performance and it is indeed opening up and sounding fantastic! Well done MacMarr!!!