Ash has spoken highly of these guitars in the past. I've never seen one, so I have no opinion based on experience with these guitars.
For the $150.00-$185.00 they sell for my preference would be to head off to the pawn shop or music shop and find a good used guitar, but that's just me...
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Are they worth their costs? Or better? It's quite a low price, would be cool to try it out.
My experience with GuitarFetish is mostly through their pickups, which I like, a LOT:
I recently bought a Xavier XV-599, which I really like. It has a minor issue with one of the Tone pots being crooked, but then I did get it as a discounted "B" stock. Everything else about it is quite nice. Good heavy mahogany, perfect finish, thick maple cap, real abalone inlays, natural maple binding with abalone purling, nice smooth tuners, good solid chrome hardware, and the pickups, while I'm not a superfan of ceramic humbuckers, the GFS "Crunchy Pats" that my particular model came with are very articulate, nice clean sound and, of course, with some gain the thing rocks out nicely.
The link above is to clearance models, some of which might have very minor blemishes, but the regularly priced stuff isn't much more.
If I didn't have several walls of guitars already I'd snag at least three of the ones they have up now. The double cut chambered one in Starfire red is just sexy as hell. The red T-style with AlNiCo P-90s has been tempting me greatly. The black XV-JT90 Offset Hybrid, sort of a jazz/jag/tele with the neck minihumbucker... want want want.
Anyway, yeah, I'd say they are *at least* worth the price if not a great deal more. I like the fact that they use the same pickups that they sell retail instead of using a crap stock and suggesting you upgrade.
I have been playing the JT90 as my main giggling/jamming/all-purpose guitar for a bit over a year. Of course I immediately routed it for a middle pickup (a 10K Lil Killer) and replaced the bridge pickup with a 15K Lil Puncher.
I also have a 620 (tele thinline style) and 300 (SG style).
They are all very nice guitars. I got them all as blems (the JT90 was less than the 199 they want for the black one now) but the "problems" for which they were marked down are very minor and purely cosmetic. In fact, I still haven't figured out what they found wrong with the 620 aside from the hideous orange color.
I think that c1 has expressed concern in the past that these cheap Asian instruments might use wood which has not fully dried, aged, or stabilized - that after a while it may end up warping or twisting. So far I've seen no sign of this, but its only been lime 18 months...