I am in the market for a new guitar. I have my eye on the single cut hollowbody II or the NS14 (semi-hollow body).
I understand the SE models are made in Asia. I have a Gibson Les Paul. I take it that the SE is similar to the Epiphone models...would I be correct (not direct comparison, but meaning a lower quality guitar using the trademarked build of the origional)?
I see a vast price difference, far more than Epi/Gibson. And the cheaper SE models also have very high ratings in the reviews.
For example, I see the NS14 for sale online for $3700. I see the Zack Myers SE version online for $700!. Granted they are not the same. Different pups, etc. But still, can anyone give me the rundown of comparison why both have 5 star reviews? Is there a difference in actual construction methods? Neck profile, intonation set up problems, etc? Please give me all the dirt on the SE. If it is simply cost savings due to cheap labor but the woods, manufacturing methods and specs, etc, I might take a chance at saving some money.
I am not a virtuoso, but I want a semi or full hollow body to complement my LP and Taylor and Classical guitars. I do not want any regrets later.
But if I can save $3k and barely notice a difference, I will jump on it. But if the recommendation is that the SE reviewer doesn't know what he is talking about, then I want to know up front. Buying online is a hassle of the unknown, so any help you can give is greatly appreciated.