Lately I've been less involved in performance and recording projects and more in involved in working on guitars, and especially taking cheap guitars with good bones and learning how to make them play and sound much better. In the last couple of years I've upgraded an Artist Tele, a Samick LP, an ultra-budget Chinese made hollowbody, as well as putting together a nice partscaster Tele. So I stumbled on a left handed Grote thinline hollow body and it was too good to pass up. The nearest equivalent here in NZ is an Epi Century 66 (right handed) for well over twice the price and I still would have done similar mods to that as well as having to convert it to left handed. Ordered direct from Grote and it arrived a few weeks later packed in a styrofoam guitar case. I was able to tune it up and play straight away. Here are my thoughts about the guitar in stock form: Out of the box set up was ok. The guitar was playable without major issues. Pickup sounded decent but output level way too low because the pickup height is set too low. Pickup measured 9.1k, which is more like a bridge pickup. Neck felt good and comfortable. Not too slim. I liked the physical feel of the, light, slim hollowbody Tuners felt very bad and uneven. They have to go. Strings catching on bridge saddles when tuning up. There's a T shaped soundpost under the bridge and no parallel bracing on the top. My other Chinese hollow body has the same thing. I'm sure the old Epi Century would have had parallel bracing, but I'd be interested to know whether the modern Chinese made reissue does. Since we're talking about laminated top electric instruments, it may not matter. The soundpost may even reduce feedback. Overall it's great value and I'm sure I can improve it. And it looks oright eh?