• Zorlac

    Bacchus?

    So what's the story with this company? Are they like edwards making quality Gibson reps? Got a good deal on one of their gold top les Paul's and wondering if I should even bother checking it out...

     

    what say everyone? Smash or Pass? 

    • ...And Justice For All

      they're drunk on copius amounts of wine having orgies

    • Hansi

      Depends on the Bacchus... They have guitars ranging from made in Korea (the lowest end might even be made in China actually) stuff to guitars handmade by master luthiers in Japan. Haven't gotten my hands on any of the really high-end stuff but apparently they're close to Navigator quality (i.e. THE SHIT!). Some pics and/or more info of the Goldtop would be nice.

      I used to own a circa 1998 Vintage Series BLS-120 (a LP Standard copy) which was made in Japan. I still own a Classic Series BLP-STD-H Relic which is also made in Japan. They both kick the ass of every Edwards I've played so far. And I've really liked most Edwards guitars I've played...

      • Zorlac

        Bls-59 I believe. Although I have been deading the deal, being that I'll probably get sick of the gold pretty quickly. 

         

        • Hansi

          I don't think I've ever seen a Gold Top BLS-59. I think they came mostly in the regular burst finishes as well as some with an oil finish. It might also be a BLS-95 in that regard. With luck it's a BLS-120. The BLS-59 was the top model of the Vintage Series range while the BLS-95 would be the lowest. I'd love to get my hands on a BLS-59 myself as they generally held in high regard. I'm certainly no authority on the Bacchus Les Pauls (you should check out the forums at MyLesPaul .com for that, they have a LOT of knowledge on MIJ Les Pauls over there) but I think the used market price for a BLS-95 would be around $600 while a good BLS-59 is closer to $1200.

          The main difference would be polyurethane finish (BLS-95) or nitro lacquer (BLS-59). There is probably some difference in the quality of the materials and electronics too. The specs on the BLS-59 varied a bit (it was essentially a handmade instrument after all) and some were made with premium materials like Honduran Mahogany and Brazilian Rosewood etc. Those are very rare and likely to go for a lot higher prices. Easy way to spot a BLS-120 would be the headstock. The "open book" indent - or what the hell you call it (the "V" notch on the headstock) - is softer on the BLS-120 models while the BLS-95 and BLS-59 look exactly like a Gibson headstock.


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