Oscar Schmidt OE30 review: the brightest brand example, improved and refined

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1Oscar Schmidt OE30 Semi hollow mahogany10.85 pounds1

2Ibanez AS53TRF Laminated-wood9 pounds
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3Epiphone Tony Iommi Signature SG Custom Maple12 pounds
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Oscar Schmidt OE30
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BodySemi hollow mahogany
Weight
10.85 pounds
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Ibanez AS53TRF
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BodyLaminated-wood
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9 pounds
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Epiphone Tony Iommi Signature SG Custom
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This guitar combines the best features of the solid bodies and semi-hollow body guitars. It is relatively affordable comparing to the others. It can be used in any musical style.

Its length and width are approximately 24.75 and 1.625 inches. The guitar weights about 10.8 pounds.

Oscar Schmidt OE30 specs. All you need to know:

  • Electric, 6-String;
  • Semi-hollow Mahogany body;
  • Rosewood fingerboard;
  • Maple bolt-on neck.

Oscar Schmidt OE30 review

This miracle is created by manufacturer who is well-known for his attention to details and his high quality products.

Do you want to be reminded of the classical guitars of the 50’s? This semi-hollow guitar provides the resonance comparable to the one obtained from the acoustic guitars, and at the same time it presents the great power of an electric instrument.

Oscar Schmidt Delta King OE30 is a guitar with a luxurious appearance which will make you feel like a real rock star. White trim around the top and back gives the guitar a luxurious look; the gorgeous chrome tuners give the guitar the gloss and a tinge of elite. Due to the double notch of the magnificent body, access to the upper frets is easily provided.

Body

Semi-hollow guitars are the “old school” instruments, and their tuning usually requires much more time and skill than the usual solid body guitar does.

Oscar Schmidt OE30 has a standard double-necked body shape and boasts of excellent build quality, different body components rarely fit together, and at this time the manufacturer managed to achieve it.

The sound quality of a semi-hollow instrument can be estimated during playing. And if it is tuned properly, you will hear all colors of the world!

Bridge

Actually, this classical guitar has a very modern “stuffing”. Instead of a complex vintage bridge, the manufacturer implemented the standard Tune-o-Matic Bridge. This is much more convenient for both the user and the manufacturer as this is a more practical solution. Tuners perfectly “hold” the melody under the normal conditions.

Electronics

The installation of 2 humbuckers (not, for example, soap bubbles that are usually set up to these guitars) is not standard, but a brilliant idea for a semi-hollow guitar. This gives the tone a “solid-body” performance, but with “semi-hollow feeling”. Due to this the Washburn Oscar Schmidt OE30 Delta King became easier to get used to and it gives a vast range of tone configurations.

Sound

Given the above, the guitar sounds more aggressive, while retaining many semi-low qualities. Those who want to play a mixture of hard rock, blues and maybe even jazz, will find this Washburn Oscar Schmidt OE30 semi hollow body electric guitar to be quite an interesting solution.


Everyone can tune the sound and the sustain  without any problems as two Washburn humbucker pickups will help to perform this task. The selector switch between the three modes allows you to use the humbucker on the fretboard, on the bridge or on both at once to get a rich sound.

Tip:You can be tuning directly to the guitar with the dual volume and tone controls. The Tune-o-Matic Bridge with the OE30 stop-case will give you a rich and long sustain. The guitar gives an excellent resonance from low to high frequencies.

When it’s unpugged, it sounds almost like an acoustic guitar, providing the necessary volume of sound you need. But the tone is greatly enhanced when the instrument is amplified.

Perfect for being used everywhere with minimal adjustment

Whether you jamming at home with a small amp or getting your best rocking out on the stage, this model will work like a dream as well as when it is plugged into an audio recording interface. You can get the really great tones without serious adjustment, just take it out of the box and go ahead!


Pros
Clear sound
Comfortable and convenient
Cons
Quality of materials
Build quality

Customers’ reviews. They can be useful for you!

Tip:According to the reviews, the guitar has a rich, clear, distinct sound. Tuners are good and well adjusted, with not exactly detailed adjustment, but, with some patience, you can tune them quickly. The size of the guitar is ideal for both sitting and standing performance. The neck is very comfortable and smooth.
Many users liked the great bridge controllability. Pickups did not create noise and gave an excellent sound for Jazz and Blues performance. The guitar handles perfectly when overloaded. Finishing is excellent. This guitar exceeds the beginners’ expectations. You can use it during the concerts, performing plenty of styles. Tones with two humbuckers and three switch modes will let you customize and create a huge variety of styles and tones. The balance between price and quality is marvelous.

Oscar Schmidt Delta King OE30 price quality ratio is really optimal, this is the opinion of many amateurs and musicians. They found the smooth sound, without resonant curves and dips of individual notes. The attack is considered to be soft, the attenuation is long and the sound remains dense until the end. This indicates that it is a real Mahogany instrument, very hard and not very heavy. It can be compared to much more expensive Epiphone Les Poul, but is there any reason to pay extra money? And the Les Poul sound is poorer, not as rich as Oscar Schmidt OE30CH performs.
The neck quality is extremely high. Frets work nice and neat, the neck can be straightened in a perfectly straight line, but I left a barely noticeable deflection. The bridge is very exact as there are adjustment reserves in both directions.

One more opinion: there is no sound density on the connected Oscar Schmidt OE30 semi hollow electric guitar. The sound is blank and deaf ( with a little high frequencies). Probably the sensors are to blame as they give excessive high-resistance, as well as the magnets or the metal cover. All these factors, even separately, give the tops “blockage”.
Some customers decided that electronics should be improved. This is what the manufacturer has to work on, but on the whole, price/quality ratio is beyond comparison.


Analogs

Take a look at the analogs and make your own choice.

Ibanez AS53TRF Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar, Transparent Red Flat Finish


This semi-acoustic instrument lets you fell free in any music style. The price for this guitar is about 300$.

  • “ACH” pickups are mounted into a sustain block, that helps to increase sustain and eliminate feedback;
  • Quick response;
  • Warm tone;
  • Convenient art core built-in neck;
  • The access to higher notes is easy provided due to 17th fret;
  • Sure Grip III knobs support precise control with nice and classic look (on some AS models).
  • Comfortable and slim;
  • Beautiful sapele top;

Pros
Quality of sound
Quality of materials
Cons
May be: fret buzz
Build quality

Premium Full Size Electric Hollow Body Jazz Guitar


A full hollow jazz guitar made of high-quality wood. This is an awesome choice for those who are fed up with solid body guitars and need more universal sound. It has a bigger body than the solid ones. The price of this guitar is about 250$. The neck and fingerboard are made of the best wood too. It was the choice of George Benson, Elvis and Brian Sletzer. The guitar has the following features:

  • Tune-O-Matic (and Trapeze Tailpiece);
  • Provides full range of tones;
  • Double humbucker;
  • It is excellent for the Rockabilly sound, for smooth jazz or maybe pop rock;
  • 24.69″ scale;
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood;
  • 2 Humbuckers;
  • 2 controls and 2 volumes, 3-way switch tone.

Pros
Quality of materials
Natural sound
Cons
May be: small blemish near the high E string
May be: big size

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