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The P-90s make the guitar sound full and very Gibson-ish, while the Strat-style body, neck, and bridge give it more of Fender vibe.


Top: Meet the Hawk—a mix of LP Junior-inspired electronics and Strat-style body, neck, and hardware.
Middle: On this guitar, I keep the 4th string out of the string tree, allowing it to resonate like the other wound strings.
Bottom: Check out the 3-way switch—its placement is reminiscent of an ES-335 or SG.

Ever since a neighbor turned me on to SX guitars a few years ago, I always keep my eyes open for them on eBay. This particular one caught my eye because it looked so cool. It’s a SX Hawk MN P90 done up in vintage white with a tinted maple fretboard. When I went to the SX/Rondo site to check out the specs, their current versions of antique white just didn’t look quite as rockin’ as the eBay one. So I emailed the eBay seller and asked why there was a color discrepancy. He replied that his was a limited edition “Vintage Custom Series” that was “way better” than the regular ones. Yeah, right. Whatever.

I decided to bid on it, and the auction ended with me having the highest bid of $91. But the seller’s reserve price of $115 was not met, so we had no deal. I politely wrote him back explaining that you can buy these new for $109 online. Then he sent me an eBay Second Chance Offer for my $91 bid plus $25 shipping. I decided to accept it on a whim, and I’m glad I did!

Bottom Feeder Tip #266: Never be afraid to contact the seller and make an offer if an auction ended with no sale. All they can say is no.

When it arrived, I really dug the color. In the catalog these look slightly pinkish white with a much darker, cheesy-looking tinted maple neck and fretboard. Mine looks better— to my eyes, anyway—with more of an aged yellow blonde color to the tint.

So how does it sound? The P-90s make the guitar sound full and very Gibson-ish, while the Strat-style body, neck, and bridge give it more of Fender vibe. This guitar is a blues machine and very fun to play. It oozes tone, baby!

My only criticism is the location of the volume control. My right hand is always accidentally bumping the knob and turning the guitar down in the middle of a solo, so I usually remove the knob before any serious playing and set the shaft to 10.

I never did find out if it’s really part of a limited edition series or not, but who cares? I like it and that’s all that matters. She’s definitely a keeper for now.

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Can an entry-level modeler hang with the big dogs?

Excellent interface. Very portable. Nice modulation tones.

Some subpar low-gain dirt sounds. Could be a little more rugged.

$399

HeadRush MX5
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