First Impressions: 1966 Century arch top
- I really wanted to like this guitar, and it definitely has some positive things going for it, but I decided to return it as it wasn’t offering enough versatility or sheer fun of playing. I sincerely hope that some in the guitar-playing world will bond with this re-issue, as it could very well prove to be a good platform for modding. Here’s an assortment of my impressions of the 1966 Century:
- “C” neck profile feels good in the hand.
- Frets need dressing; some sharp ends.
- String gauge as received: 12 – 54 with a wound “G” string
(not 10 – 46 as Epiphone lists). A set of 10 - 46 will be easier to play & bend.
- Cherry color is beautifully great!
- Lightweight-ness is a plus.
- P-90 pickup is medium quiet (hum) / nothing special / not bad.
- 25.5 inch scale length (not 23.75” as Epiphone lists it).
- Tuners are smooth and positive, and guitar stays in tune well.
- Floating rosewood bridge is compensated, and intonates well.
- This guitar is neither a true acoustic, nor a responsive electric;
sort of in-between both worlds, but master of neither.
- High-quality fit & finish (except for the fret ends).
- If you want to sound like James Bay, this will hit the mark --- but the overall tone and range of this guitar is limited by its single neck pickup, and its somewhat sluggish playability.
- In the marketplace, $600 for this century seems overpriced for what you get --- namely an overseas-made instrument with only one pickup (and one set of controls, of course), as well as no case. I think a more relevant price would be in the $450 – $500 range.