"Tuxedo" Model - All black with white pearl binding and silver hardware and pearl tailpiece inset
Mahogany back and sides
I got the first of them late last night and had a chance to play them and let me say... They are great. I have played every Gitane and the 330 is tonally unlike any of them. It has a much more traditional GJ tone to it and sounds great for lead and really shines during rhythm. It's not as loud as the DG-300 or the D-500 but has a tight mid crunch that all the others lack and It's not as wet sounding.
Saga changed a few things on this model. I thought it was going to be a black version of the DG-300 but it is not. The first major change is the neck angel. The neck is now set at a steeper angle (like it should be) so the strings are higher thus making more tension over the bridge. This does not make the action higher but the bridge needs to be taller to accommodate the neck angel.
The second is the top arch. It is much more arched. This puts the top plate under tension this aiding in the tone of the guitar.
The other change is the neck. It's very nice. I like the DG-300 neck but I think I like this neck even more. It's hard to tell what is different about it but I think it might be just a touch narrower but still nice and thick. When I played it the first thing I thought of was the Selmer I have played a few times. This new neck on the 330 is really nice.
They also changed the bridge. It's a much better bridge. I think it is still not the perfect design but a huge step in the right direction.
I have put my money where my mouth is and purchased a 330 myself! I'll be doing some experiments with bridge design for this model and post my findings in the near future.
All in all this is the best sounding GJ guitar Saga has put out to date. I think the only thing that will keep this guitar from taking over the other models will be the color. Most players like wood over paint. I like wood myself but after playing the 330 the tone sold me over the looks. Don't get me wrong... It looks nice. But it's sort of a "bling" guitar. The pearl pushes it over the edge for me. The look is not my style but the tone is oh so tasty!
Get this guitar if:
You like a more traditional tone
Like an all black guitar
Don't get this guitar if:
You like a modern, wet tone
Don't like all black guitars
Better neck angel
Higher top arch
Bridge still needs some work
In the end the 330 is just another great guitar from Saga. They have changed the design from the 300 enough to make a guitar that still sounds great but different. Like the DG-300 this guitar will be supper with a full set up. A full fret level, truss and action adjustment will make this guitar play like a dream.