The GCS-1ES defies many of the stereotypes that accompany some "import guitars". For our money, you'd be hard pressed to find a better guitar in this price range.
Why We Love This
Players who favor the versatility of semi-hollow body guitars but find most lacking a certain refinement will love what Bill has achieved with the GCS-1 and GCS-1ES models.
Versatility is the name of the game here, and we weren't disappointed when initially sitting down with this guitar. The build quality is very high and setup feels great. The neck carve is exactly what you'd want from a great vintage semi-hollow. Which is to say, it's the perfect middle ground between a slim/fast carve and a chunkier/vintage style carve.
Plugged in the 1ES delivers classic semi-hollow tones that are right at home in a variety of genres - it really depends on what you're asking from it, your rig, your hands...you know the drill. The main differences between the standard 1 model and the 1ES model- the laminated spruce top yields a warmer, richer response while the ebony fingerboard provides a smooth and snappy feel to the neck.
Great guitars will follow where you lead and this guitar can certainly do that. As an added bonus, you can split the humbuckers into single coils via a push/pull tone control which might element the need to lug several guitars to the gig. Hard not to love that, right?