Bacchus Universe Series Tactics-BP, made in China 2017. Bacchus is a brand that does exceptionally well in Japan, but doesn't really bother selling into the international market. The Universe Series is their entry level offering, but they're made beautifully from some great materials and are amazing guitars; the rest of the world is missing out! This one is a twisted take on the iconic Tele shape: add a P-90 in the neck, a modern 12" radius slim neck and an outrageous red burst finish over a poplar top. It looks amazing; it's sure to divide opinions, but that's what rock and roll is about, right? The poplar body offers a balanced, full midrange that's a little warmer than ash or basswood; plus it's very dynamically responsive and offers a rhythmic, strong attack. The pickups balance each other nicely, the neck soapbar is especially creamy and delightful whereas the bridge offers that classic 'twang'. This will outplay a lot of bigger brands and bigger price tags, it's a lot of guitar for not much cash!
Model: Bacchus Tactics-BP
Made: China, 2017 (no serial)
Finish: red burst gloss over poplar burl
Body: solid poplar
Neck: maple, rosewood board, slim profile, 25.5" scale, 12" radius
Pickups: original Bacchus P-90 style and TL-single style
Case: basic original gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: negligible finish wear. There's a couple of very minor scratches on the back and some very light play scratches on the front, nothing really noticeable at all. Overall: excellent condition (9.5/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. The frets look brand new, 10/10 for life left. Setup with fresh 10/46s.