NGD: So . . . I bought an entry level Legator . . .

Discussion in 'Extended Range Guitars' started by AwakenNoMore, Feb 3, 2018.

  1. AwakenNoMore

    AwakenNoMore Lefty Derp

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    So this is coming a bit late, I'm lazy (sorry not sorry).

    Better get out that popcorn ladies and djents:

    Back in November Legator ad's kept popping up for holiday sales on my Facebook. So I checked out their site, despite the scathing reviews of their instruments online. What I found is a lime green LEFT-HANDED multiscale 8-string guitar for $399.99 . . .

    (lefty jokes start rolling in right about . . . now)

    [​IMG]20180203_033229 by Jared Laabs, on Flickr

    Not one single company in existence offers specs of this flavor at this price point, period.
    [​IMG]legspecs by Jared Laabs, on Flickr

    Not bad for $400, in theory anyway.

    Order was placed on 22nd of November, the guitar arrived December 16th.
    (Holiday rush was the reason I was given when I called them about the wait, I recommend not bothering to E-mail or Facebook contact them, just call)
    It arrived decently packaged and undamaged:

    [​IMG]20180203_033124 by Jared Laabs, on Flickr
    [​IMG]20180203_033106 by Jared Laabs, on Flickr
    [​IMG]20180203_033052 by Jared Laabs, on Flickr
    [​IMG]20180203_033039 by Jared Laabs, on Flickr

    So how does it play? How does it sound? Quality?
    Well I took a well known risk on this. There is absolutely no other way to get a lefty multiscale fanned fret 8-string for anywhere NEAR this price point.
    That being said:
    It plays like shit. It sounds like shit.
    Action is sky high (neck pocket not properly routed for angle)
    Pickups are about what you'd expect out of a base model Ibanez 8, (so utterly terrible)
    Nut could be spaced better
    Tuning keys aren't 100% perfectly aligned with each other
    Zero fret is already wearing from the strings
    side dots aren't centered well at all
    neon satin finish is "meh" quality
    tried shimming the neck with picks and the fretwork simply won't support low action without work.
    also that fretwork is also poop, some are scratched, most of the ends are decent but not great
    Some good things:
    it's a lefty FF 8string for $400?
    scale is perfect at 26.5-28"
    It glows in the dark?
    Weight is surprisingly light
    Balance also surprising, was expecting neck dive with 28" on the low side
    Body is comfy, thins down to nice soft edges
    Neck width, thickness and finish are pretty nice actually.
    The fan is amazing and I'm on-board for more multiscales.
    More pics:
    Action @ 24th fret, the bridge cannot go lower:
    [​IMG]20180203_033138 by Jared Laabs, on Flickr
    Poorly executed side dots:
    [​IMG]20180203_033147 by Jared Laabs, on Flickr
    Neck heel (actually quite nice).
    [​IMG]20180203_033030 by Jared Laabs, on Flickr
    Size comparison with my Atomic CE "superstrat"
    [​IMG]20180203_033426 by Jared Laabs, on Flickr
    o0o0o0o look it glows . . .
    [​IMG]20180203_033911 by Jared Laabs, on Flickr
    Current family picture (missing two)
    [​IMG]20180203_033714 by Jared Laabs, on Flickr

    I've named it Chugnobyl, because it's a radiation green disaster . . .

    To wrap things up, yes I knew exactly what I was getting into, and I planned on modifying this turd before it even reached me. Once I load it with Fishman Moderns and have the fretwork/action dealt with I'll be giving an updated opinion on it. Not really a $400 guitar when you have to pay for set-up and pickups is it? Well I knew this, I like to tinker . . .

    Thanks for looking.
     
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  2. Chokey Chicken

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    That neck angle/action is sad. Still, it's fixable, and you were aware so an all around win imo since it looks nice. lol
     
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    welcome to the mile high club OP (referencing action)
     
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    That color is sick, how many rads does it give off?
    well have fun making that thing playable op.
     
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    All things a technician can fix though :) if you really like the guitar
     
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    Thanks for the kind words guys, I have no doubt a skilled tech can make it play just fine, as of now, it's standard fare Legator garbage. Exactly what you'd expect. Once that tax return rolls in, the fun will begin.
     
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    This thread delivered.
     
  10. AwakenNoMore

    AwakenNoMore Lefty Derp

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    Oh . . OH and while we're on the subject: here's the inspection card and sticker:
    [​IMG]20180203_162024 by Jared Laabs, on Flickr
    Inspected by "DD" . . "DD? YOUUU IDIOTTT!!!"
     
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    Rofl the inspection card
     
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    DD?
    Daredevil?

    I mean to be fair, Matt is blind.... explains alot
     
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    "DD" aka "DareDevil" aka "Matt Murdock" Is blind as a bat's cunt and can get fucked like one.
     
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    I had the hots for the pink 8 like this. But in close up pictures the satin finish looked cheap, so I backed off. But it's a shame that, despite all of the online criticism, they really cannot improve. The side dots, the finish, etc. are things they can't control without a lot of effort over in China (assuming that's the country of origin), but the setup is inexcusable. The LEAST they could do is make it playable. I mean, what does everyone do when they get a guitar in the mail? They open the case, and look at it. But, technically that's not a shocker, because they've already seen it in pictures. But the very next thing is to pick it up, and noodle around. Not plugged in, not even tuned. So if it plays like shit right there, you're ruining the first impression. It's such and important thing, and such a relatively easy thing, and these guys fail every damn time. Digging deeper, Legator always has other issues (as in Arnold's review), but come on, DD and Legator - put in a little effort. What was done at the actual inspection? Make sure it's left handed and green?
     
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    ^ Yep that seems to be the extent of it . . . Rather frustrating but also expected from Legator. I figured I'd just put this up for the world to see. Just to drive another nail in their coffin. Not my fault, they chose to set this thing up like a bag of cat turds.
     
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    Yeah. But, I supposed in the large scheme of things, a lefty 8 string in a cool color that plays like a bag of turds for $400 isn't the end of the world. I just don't know why anyone would buy anything other than a cheap instrument from these guys. And even then, if you're looking for a right handed 6 or 7, there are dozens of cheaper, better options. But, for the higher end ones, what is their excuse? "We won't get drunk before we do the side dots this time"? :lol: Even the cheapest Ibby has some base level workmanship requirements. I don't think it's fair to say, "Well, we don't put much effort in for our lower end guitars. You only worked 66 hours at your minimum wage job to pay for that, so it's not like it's that important to you." Fuck them. DD could have at least pretended he gave a shit.
     
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    It's a shame because they really look nice. Nice design and nice curves, even if it's a superstrat. If only the execution actually gets better.

    I hope you manage to make it playable dude!
     
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    First lefty I've seen that looks kinda cool.
     
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