So I ordered one of those "Ivy" guitars off Amazon... They're really cheap (the model I ordered, the IS 300 TBL "Super Strat" style was only $150), and the VERY few reviews I could find were generally positive, so I decided to take a chance... Evidently they're "IYV" (so the headstock says) or Inyen Vina guitars... Made in Vietnam and also marketed under a couple different names, including "Wolf"...
I'll give ya a few of my first impressions; Keep in mind we're talkin about a $150 guitar here, so I'm not expecting the moon, and I try to generally be an optimist about most things... Here we go;
The packaging was crap... A little thin box that was virtually open on one side... Really... I only had to slice through a little packaging tape on ONE side to get in it... And inside the box was very few small, thin, pieces of styrofoam... The guitar itself was wrapped (once) in a thin layer of that styrofoam wrap stuff...
Miraculously, the guitar seems to be free of any shipping dings...
Online this guitar looks GORGEOUS... A beautiful trans blue quilted maple LOOKING top that my 12 year old said "looks like the ocean"... In person? Not so much... It has a satin type finish that my bass playin wife said "looks like a paint job that LOOKS like quilted maple..." And I agree... At the very least, I won't be gettin alotta finger prints on it... Lol...
The knobs LOOK like metal... Lol... But when I attempted to see if there was a coil tap and the knob came right off, it gave me the sneaky suspicion that they're probably not the highest quality... And with the way the top curves they kinda stick out at a wonky, uneven angle...
On to how it actually plays;
First thing I noticed is that it's got some SHARP fret ends... Probably the sharpest I've seen... Not a big deal, common thing with cheaper guitars... The neck itself is REALLY thin... Not necessarily a bad thing when you're wantin a lil humbuckin, shreddy guitar for heavier stuff... Which is why I ordered this guitar instead of the more traditional Squiers that I usually go for... The neck actually has two "skunk stripes", like the Ibanez RG series which I think this guitar is modeled after... I think they actually look pretty cool... There seems to be MINIMAL finish (if any) on the neck... Some guys like satin, some like natural, and some guys like gloss necks... My personal favorite neck is on my CV 50's Tele and it's what I consider a "light gloss", but if I were to keep this guitar, I'd probably be haulin out the Tru Oil before long for this one... The nut seems to be REALLY cheap plastic... Granted, I usually replace all my nuts with GraphTech Tusqs...
The action is high... Pretty damned high... Now, granted I'm a novice when it comes to modding, working on my own guitars, setups, etc... And I know after a proper setup that can be remedied, but this is just my initial "out-of-the-box" opinion... My string height ruler suggests a height of 1.5 - 2.0 mm on the 6th string and 1.0 - 1.5 on the first string... This thing is far closer to 3.0 mm on both... It's a tune-o-matic type bridge so, it SHOULD be fairly easy to adjust, if I decide to keep it...
On to how it sounds;
Well, the actual pickups sound pretty damned good... Pretty good definition, pretty balanced between lows and highs, and they're a helluva lot louder than the alnico III single coils in my CV Tele...
BUT... (big "BUT")
You CAN'T turn it down... Literally! The volume knob doesn't REALLY work... Even with it ALL the way down, you can still hear the guitar... Pretty loudly, too... It confused the hell outta me for 5 to 10 minutes! I thought there were 2 "tone" knobs or something...
Another thing... They seem to be REALLY microphonic... They fed back even with my Boss Katana set @ 0.5 watts and a relatively low volume... And during the "which pup goes to which knob/switch?" fiasco, I attempted to tap the pups with a screwdriver to test them, and I found that no matter which way you have the switch you can still clearly hear the tapping...
So, all in all;
It's not unplayable... With a little tweaking there's a possibility it COULD be a good lil guitar, but honestly with the way it sits, I've strongly been considering making my first return to Amazon... With work all these issues COULD be fixed... Unfortunately, I have another project goin currently, and I think that I'll find another guitar that's a better initial fit that will require less work to be as good as it could be...
Update: I decided to send this guitar back, so I called Amazon and they helped me arrange everything... The woman I spoke with on the phone was very nice and very helpful... She even helped me arrange an additional return for an "Authentic" Fender Vintage Stratocaster bridge that wasn't so authentic (No "PW29" stamp)... So, at the very least, if you do decide to return this guitar, Amazon has been extremely helpful...
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美国亚马逊： 8 条评论
This is a Fantastic guitar buy one for your self2019年4月10日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
This guitar reminds me of the Ibanez guitars and so with that in mind here is my review. It came in a single box shipment but no damage so I’m glad of that. It’s a quilted maple top looks like alder on the back. It’s a 5 peace maple and rosewood neck note only on high dollar Ibanez guitars get that. The fretboard looks like ebony but it maybe something else. Very smooth playing. Body has a nice feel to it nice weight balanced and the humbuckers or pickups have a very clean and pronounced sound. I use a pedal so I can get whatever sound I want. The headstock is quilted also and has a pearl IYV logo very sharp. Did not like the nut it’s like a strats but it needs to be more like a LP style now the turners are great hold tune and the strings that come on it are ok for now. The pots are cheep but the cavity is shielded. I would rate this guitar on the 400 to 500 dollar now it needed a setup on it but that is something that all guitars will need when you get them from the factory.
Surprisingly Nice Guitar!!2019年8月21日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
I was extreme ely surprised and happy with this guitar out of the box. At $150 its a steal..!! Tuners are decent, neck was straight right out of the box. 5 pc neck normally comes on a $1,500-$2,500 guitars..! I am in the process go upgrading the nut to a Black Tusq, and The Bridge to an All Parts roll-matic. those will be done after I finish this review. Don't listen to the guy that put up the horrible review. He must of been mad because some people received a guitar with a gloss finish. Thats not what is in the pictures posted on Amazon, so i didn't expect it. Mine came satin just like the pictures, and it looks great, and even plays nice right out of the Box..! Its a no brainer, so get one before they are gone.!!
Give it a chance!2019年4月2日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
I read the negative review of the other customer and went ahead with the purchase based upon good experiences I had with my last iyv order. I was not disappointed. In fact I feel I must have received a different type of guitar all together than the last reviewer. Mine is a quilt top, not the painted urethane look that he complained of. The feel is great and it sounds and plays solid. Pickups are great and the machine heads are nice and tight, but not difficult at all to turn. My only negative is that there were a few very minor scuffs, but whatever, it was a hunderd dollar guitar. But at the same time, wow, what a hundred dollar guitar. I will most likely record with this soon.
worth the $$$2019年5月20日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
great guitar for someone who knows how to properly set up and take care of their instrument. nice finish, guitar has more of an outer clear coat than is portrayed in the ad picture. very thin neck and lightweight and it sounds pretty good. needed truss rod adjustment and intonation upon receipt.