Corona Aphrodite APE: Multiscale headless for under $700

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  1. Grand Moff Tim

    Grand Moff Tim Some call me... Tim

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    Was browsing my usual Korean guitar dealer sites, and came across this:

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    Body Swamp Ash & Quilted Maple Top
    Body Finish Gloss
    Body shape Aphrodite APE
    Color Trans Red
    Neck 5-Piece Maple
    Neck Finish Natural
    Neck Shape C
    Scale Length 25.5" ~ 25" Fanned Fret
    Fingerboard Ebony
    Fingerboard Radius 9.5"
    Frets 24F Medium
    Nut 42mm, Zero Fret
    Inlay X
    Neck Plate Neck Thru
    Bridge Pickup EMG81
    Middle Pickup
    Neck Pickup EMG85
    Controls 1Volume, 1Tone
    Pickup Configuration H-H
    Bridge Aphrodite
    Hardware Finish Black
    Tuning Machines Headless
    Pickguard X
    String 010-046

    link: ½ºÄð¹ÂÁ÷ - ¾à¼ÓÀ» ÁöÅ°´Â »ç¶÷µé

    The price is 763,000KRW, which at today's rates comes out to just udner $618.

    If you're unfamiliar with the brand, Corona is a Korean brand that pretty much caters to the beginner market here in Korea, with a few mid-range models on top of the beginner stuff. As far as I know, their MIK stuff is made in the same factory as Schecter, Strandberg OS, and Chapman's stuff.

    This line, however, isn't MIK. It's made at another factory in Vietnam, where several Korean companies have their more affordable guitars made. I've never tried an MIV (lol) guitar, so I don't know anything about the quality, but I imagine they opted to have these made there to keep the costs down and put them into a market segment pretty much by themselves.

    Oh, there's also a straight scale version available in more colors, and for about $493:

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    ...And there's one with a trem (straight scale) for $665:

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    link: ½ºÄð¹ÂÁ÷ - ¾à¼ÓÀ» ÁöÅ°´Â »ç¶÷µé

    I have no idea about the availability of these in other markets, but I thought it was an interesting thing to share with you guys. It's at very least an encouraging sign that other companies are looking into making this sort of guitar, so the options might open up a bit.


    Oh, and since I know you're going to ask: So far it seems to only be available in 6 string. That isn't too surprising, since 7 and 8 aren't really popular here, and even most of the Strandberg OSs I see on Korean sites are just sixers.
     
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  2. HeHasTheJazzHands

    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    Wow, the shape's actually kinda cool. I think I prefer it over Strandys.

    Dat denim blue. :agreed:
     
  3. kevdes93

    kevdes93 Sassy

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    Don't like the shape but I dig the finishes. Interesting to see guitars being made in Vietnam, I don't think I've ever seen that before
     
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    Emperor Guillotine The Almighty Ruler

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    A few companies have done that. (Traben for example.) Really poor quality control every time.
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    ESP has MiV guitars, and they're good quality. :shrug:
     
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    setsuna7 Poor Gearwhore

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    Tim, are there any 7 FF models?
     
  7. Grand Moff Tim

    Grand Moff Tim Some call me... Tim

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    :lol:
     
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    Nlelith SS.org Regular

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    Kinda weird move to make a multiscale with parallel zero fret, but I like the shape and finishes of these guitars.
     
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    oremus91 Melodeth-er

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    Probably too good to be true at that price range but if I had a way to get my hands on the straight scale I would definitely pick one up.
     
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    BucketheadRules Fuzz pedal hoarder

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    Those are pretty cool.
     
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    starkill SS.org Regular

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    I had two MIV LTD'S and a buddy of mine too. Worst quality I've ever seen in mylife for that money.
     
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    So, Tim, Do you wanna buy one, or should I? :lol: (for the sake of the community bruh)

    in all seriousness tho, im sad since Iron the korean strandberg guy literally just told me the OS7 in black rosewood is out of stock. I'm guitarless atm and im tryin to fix that asap, but idk, feels risky to just go all-in and buy this.
    i need to pay a visit to Nakwon asap.
     
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    the LTD EC 256 is made in Vietnam...
     
  14. Grand Moff Tim

    Grand Moff Tim Some call me... Tim

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    I'll sell you an Ibby UV70P cheap :lol:.
     
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    Forkface Feast on this.

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    how much is cheap? :lol:

    i dont do trems at all tho, i would have to think hard about this one.
     
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    canuck brian Bowes Guitars Contributor

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    One look at the alignment of the tuning pegs should tell you all you really need to know about these. :)
     
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    Pikka Bird Vaya Con Cornholio

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    Some of them are ... passable, but the ones on that first green straight scale! :ugh:
     
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    It looks pretty good & all the hardware seems interchangable as far as i can tell off of the measurements.
     
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    Emperor Guillotine The Almighty Ruler

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    If those single-saddle bridges operate like Strandberg's bridges or ABM's single-saddle bridges, (sliding the entire thing back and forth to adjust intonation,) then all you would have to do is properly setup and intonate the guitar and you should be good. (The red one looks about right.)
     
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    That's how Boden 6s are. I do agree though, and find multiscales more comfortable when the neutral fret is further up the neck.
     

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