Saturday, July 23, 2011
REVIEW - Greg Bennett Guitars (by Samick) - Surprisingly Excellent for the money! Compare to Fender, Takamine, Epiphone, Ibanez, Dean, and other guitars
By Tim Praskins
My choice for overall selection, low price, quality sound, good construction, and smooth playability in a low price range (after discounts) goes to an industry leader by the name of Samick manufacturing who produces the Greg Bennett series of guitars. Greg Bennett is a real person (pictured below left) who is an American international guitar designer and professional musician hired by the Samick company many year ago to produce an exclusive and large line of quality guitars under the name of "Greg Bennett." These guitars have been on the market for a number of years now and the Samick company (based in Korea with US headquarters in Nashville, Tn) has sold thousands upon thousands of them throughout the US and the world based on the numbers I have seen.
The Greg Bennett guitars use first rate materials like tight grained spruce or cedar solid tops, mahogany & rosewood backs and sides on their acoustic guitars, Grover brand tuners which really help the guitars stay in tune, and nice inside bracing and construction. The electronics and pickups in the electric and bass guitars seem to be well built and solid and the "fit and finish" of the various models (and there are many) all seem to be as good as much higher priced brands such as Martin, Fender or Gibson in many respects. Most of the Greg Bennett guitars are factory production made instruments and not "hand made" so I am not comparing these guitars to hand made guitars over $1000.
The Samick company has it's own large and highly advanced production facilities (pic on left) and has made many guitars for other famous companies through the years including Washburn, Epiphone, Fender, Yamaha, and many others so some of the famous name brands out there were actually made by the Samick guitar factory believe it or not! To me, that says a lot about the quality that Samick has been putting out for a long time. I own some well known brands of guitars that cost a lot more money than the Samick "Greg Bennett" models and I have to say that I enjoy playing some of the Greg Bennett's just as much as my higher priced "famous brands." Of course some of the nicer handmade guitars from Martin, Gibson, Fender, and others ARE better than the Greg Bennett models and that should go without saying. But they are substantially more money. But in the $100-$300 price range, I believe these GB guitars are worth every penny and the Samick company stands behind them with lifetime guarantees on many of the models which is impressive to me.
So if you are looking for a good, solid, dependable, great sounding & playing new guitar for a low price, I would not hesitate to recommend the Greg Bennett guitars. They do have a web site and I have provided a link below. By the way, I have met Greg bennett in person on more than one occasion and he is as nice of a guy as is his namesake guitars. And Greg plays guitar like a monster!:)...but in a very good way, his style and detail to his craft are outstanding and as a long time guitarist, I am equally impressed by his playing ability and guitar knowledge as I am with the Greg Bennett guitars. I would not hesitate to recommend these guitars to anyone looking for a good buy on a great low priced guitar. I do know however, that the Greg Bennett guitars can be difficult to find and are not in the typical large guitar stores such as Guitar Center and Sam Ash Music. I understand this is because Samick wants it's Greg Bennett guitars to be sold by generally smaller music instrument shops who tend to understand guitars and guitar playing better than the big chain stores. So if you want more info on the Greg Bennett guitars, just shoot me an email and I will help you out as well as get you lower prices.
Also check out this video below of Greg Bennett Guitars being played live: