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andy1839andy1839 Frets: 1737
edited July 22 in Guitar
So this is my first Levinson Blade guitar.
I've seen a few people have the RH4 and it gets loads of praise.

This one is a Korean made one.
I was a bit dubious of the no name hardware and own brand pickups but it's a very well put together guitar, I would have liked a centre join body but that's only an aesthetic thing.
Satin neck, quite flat radius and I would describe it as a slim D profile.

The on board boost thingy really does affect the tone so there's a good range of sounds.
Happily the standard passive tones are good too.
Certainly not as spiky as some teles I've played, just sounds a lot thicker with more pronounced mids than a fender.

Case is decent enough as well.

Blade isn't a brand I've seen much of on the walls of guitar shops though.

Anyone had one, or still got one?

Are the older Japan ones worth keeping an eye out for?

Anyway, behold the T4 Custom...










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  • Chris.BChris.B Frets: 138
    I love the purple- it's one of those optimistic colours for me.  Looks like they've made a good job of book matching the top.


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  • GreatapeGreatape Frets: 1012
    Nice. 

    I had a Japanese Texas ('Pro'?) Blade back about 20 years ago. Nicely put together and we'll thought-out, bit the neck was so thin it basically bent in the wind. 
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  • imalrightjackimalrightjack Frets: 1880
    Lovely. 
    So far...so good..so what!?

    Trading feedback info here
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  • GrumpyrockerGrumpyrocker Frets: 2543
    That's lovely. HNGD

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  • drwiddlydrwiddly Frets: 849
    Lovely guitar, HNGD!

    I've got an RH4 that I've had for about 8 years. It's perhaps not the most characterful guitar but it does everything really well and it's a real Swiss Army Knife with a great range of sounds.
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  • NeckwringerNeckwringer Frets: 185
    kin ell' thats real nice......
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  • BigsbyBigsby Frets: 1777
    HNGD - love that colour, and the top too. :)
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  • kentuckyklirakentuckyklira Frets: 619
    edited July 22
    I have a Blade Strat with a Fender headstock. Made in Japan as far as I know and definitely a keeper. Happy NGD!
    Wer nicht für Freiheit sterben kann, der ist der Kette wert.
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  • andy1839andy1839 Frets: 1737
    I have a Blade Strat with a Fender headstock. Made in Japan as far as I know and definitely a keeper.
    People seem to really like them once they've taken the leap.

    They're firmly on the radar now if they pop up.

    Thanks all for the comments, it's a lovely happy little guitar.

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  • TimmyOTimmyO Frets: 5150
    Love it 
    "Congratulations on being officially the most right anyone has ever been about anything, ever." -- Noisepolluter knows the score
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  • jimmyguitarjimmyguitar Frets: 2235
    I just bought this early MIJ Blade strat and it’s absolutely brilliant. Not my usual thing at all but it’s a great sounding strat and it plays so easily. Piezo saddles too so with the micro switch too that’s a huge array of sounds. 
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  • welshboyowelshboyo Frets: 1494
    @andy1839 that is a pretty awesome looking thing.

    One of my "regret selling" guitars was a Jap RH4 with the Fender headstock - great guitars.
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  • andy1839andy1839 Frets: 1737
    I just bought this early MIJ Blade strat and it’s absolutely brilliant. Not my usual thing at all but it’s a great sounding strat and it plays so easily. Piezo saddles too so with the micro switch too that’s a huge array of sounds. 
    That's epic!  I love that it's such a mix of new and old.

    welshboyo said:
    @andy1839 that is a pretty awesome looking thing.

    One of my "regret selling" guitars was a Jap RH4 with the Fender headstock - great guitars.
    The guy I bought this off had an RH4 he was raving about it, I think that was the only one he was keeping, having a bit of a sell off.


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  • DannicDannic Frets: 15
    edited July 23
    Welcome to the club. I’ve just had my ‘91 R4, recently set by Feline Guitars. Plays lovely. 


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  • StefBStefB Frets: 1492
    I just bought this early MIJ Blade strat and it’s absolutely brilliant. Not my usual thing at all but it’s a great sounding strat and it plays so easily. Piezo saddles too so with the micro switch too that’s a huge array of sounds. 
    I very nearly pipped you to the post with that from Andertons last week, then decided I already have enough Strats.

    Good score - an awful lot of guitar for the money, especially with the piezo fitted.
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  • andy1839andy1839 Frets: 1737
    Dannic said:
    Welcome to the club. I’ve just had my ‘91 R4, recently set by Feline Guitars. Plays lovely. 


    I take it it's the one in your avatar?
    Gorgeous.
    I absolutely love the look of them.

    Definitely think I'll be on the lookout for one of them next!
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  • GreatapeGreatape Frets: 1012
    I just bought this early MIJ Blade strat and it’s absolutely brilliant. Not my usual thing at all but it’s a great sounding strat and it plays so easily. Piezo saddles too so with the micro switch too that’s a huge array of sounds. 
    EMG's?
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  • digitalkettledigitalkettle Frets: 948
    Good enough for Steve Rothery!
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