Brian by Bacchus ST-Style Fiesta Red 1998
Brian by Bacchus Strat, made in Korea circa 1998, fiesta red. Sometimes in life, you need to get your Brian on. At those times, the trail-blazers among us have the insight and majesty to do so whilst brandishing a guitar emblazoned with 'Brian' on it in enormous gold letters. If you're familiar with Bacchus guitars, you'll know they're brilliant. Bacchus are famous for exceptionally picky wood selection and brilliant and they produce guitars built to an impeccable standard. The 'Brian' brand was a short lived, mid-level sister brand by Bacchus in the 90s. There's a bit of conjecture and not a lot of information around on Brian-branded stuff; the consensus is that they were made in Korea. Aside from some 'how did this ever come to exist' marketing weirdness, this is a very, very good guitar. It's built impeccably well, the quality of timber on show is excellent, and it feels as good or better than some much more expensive Strats by that other brand you might have heard of. The neck has a slim profile and a pretty flat board with some med-jumbo frets, adding a touch of shred-ability to the mix. The tone is sparkly, spanky and hi-fi with a balanced and charming attack and body; it sounds superb. The ketchup red finish is in brilliant shape and pops perfectly against the mint guard and dark board; it's very appealing. There's a Brian lurking inside all of us, we just need to find the courage to let him out.
Model: Brian by Bacchus Strat-style, exact model unclear
Made: Korea, late 90s ( based on available info)
Finish: fiesta red, 3-ply mint guard
Body: alder (not confirmed)
Neck: maple, rosewood slab fingerboard, 22 frets, 15" radius, 25.5" scale
Pickup: original Bacchus single coils x3
Cosmetic condition notes: mild finish wear. Neck and headstock pretty clean. Back is pretty clean, just some mild rub wear behind the cavity, and the cover is missing. The sides are also pretty tidy, just a couple of dimples near the rear strat pin and near the knobs. The front is in great shape, just a little ding halfway between the bridge and shoulder area and some light play wear. Overall: very good condition (8.5/10)
Playing condition notes: Neck is straight, action is low, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Frets have very little wear, heaps of life, 9/10. Wearing fresh 10/46s.