Hey guys, as promised in the GOC thread I'll post my full review here. I don't wanna go into the history or anything of the brand as this was discussed already in the other thread I've been searching for a headless 8 string for quite some time now. Ormsby is pretty rare here, Strandberg too expensive for Indonesian made instruments and a Padalka Neptune is not really an option for a student, either I think the first time I heard about GOC was that video by Glenn Fricker on Youtube. Looked 'em up and all the guitars were sold out already. Then I've learned about the run, sold off some gear and jumped on board. Originally it was supposed to be done in 60 work days, there were some hickups though. So in the end I got this after about 180 days in total. Onto the review! Pros: - Body: The body is extremely comfortable, in any playing position! It's a one piece Northern American Ash body with an "antique black finish" (which looks rather brown in daylight). Very resonant! - Neck: The neck is great! I've owned several Ibanez 8 strings and blidnfolded I could easily mistake it for one. 5 piece maple and wenge, also reinforced with carbon rods. - Fretwork: The best part about the guitar, the SBE (seamless ballend frets). The are pre-rounded and then pressed and glued into the fretboard. The result feels absolutely amazing! Zero fretbuzz, perfectly levelled across the fretboard. - Construction: Solid all around, neck fits perfectly into the pocket. - Pickups: Right now I still have the stock "4th Dimension" pickups in there as I am still waiting for my Guitarmory Patriot-set. Surprisingly these are really great, best stock pickups I've ever had. Also they have coole wenge bobbins. Neutral: - Finish: The finish has some rough spots, also the logo is only partly painted. It adds a bit to the antique vibes, so I'm ok with that. Still, might refenish it someday. - Inlays: There is some residue of glue here and there. - Bridge: The intonations is set similar to a strandberg. A single screw holds the bridge in position and they've used philips screw which strip easily. As a result you can't really tighten them down enough so the bridge may move under string tension which results in tuning issues. Easy fix though, ordered M3 6mm allen screws. - Saddle height screws too long, will get shorter ones. Bad: - Only one point here. The bridge of the 7th string has been screwed in crooked. It's only about a mm off but it rubs against the bridge of the 8th string. Will have to fill and redrill that hole. Overall, aside from the QC issues, I think it's a great guitar and I'm very happy that I became part of this. It's an absolut joy to pick it up and play it! Without the issues it would've been an absolutely outstanding instrument but I'll get it there with some modding Apparently they won't do runs anymore but build standard guitars so customers don't have to wait for it that long anymore. Bottom line: If you want an affordable headless 8 string with good quality (but are willing to mod it if neccessary), this might be it Future mod ideas: - Mad Hatter Terminator Solderless System - Maybe ABM bridges, I just feel those are more secure when only the saddle but not the bridge can move. Expensive though, so I won't do that anytime soon haha. - Maybe shim the neck, don't know. Plays fine, action might still be lower I guess. PICS!