This guitar is a bit of an oddball in my collection, for various reasons. I bought it in 2008 when I really knew absolutely nothing about electric guitars. I’d had my awful Strat copy for 20 years and never did very much with it, and one day I went into a local music shop and looked at their guitars. I liked this one, and on the spur of the moment decided to buy it.
So the purchasing process was not my usual exhaustive approach. What else? Uniquely among my guitars, it’s an HSH. It has a (licensed) Floyd Rose system, and generally I’m not a big fan of them (I find them far too fiddly, the block at the bridge that holds the end of the string is mind-numbingly stupid, they have all sorts of uncomfortable metal parts sticking out…just an all-round nightmare). I do have one more guitar with an FR, my Charvel, but that was a conscious decision because I thought it would have better resale value with the FR rather than the hardtail version (both were available). The Lag is also the only guitar of mine which I’ve decorated with stickers, because it’s solid black and looks rather boring without them.
Apart from that, there’s not actually very much to say about this guitar. It became my main guitar for the next few years, but I was not playing very much anyway until Rocksmith arrived (and unleashed a torrent of GAS…or maybe a whirlwind). Nowadays, I keep it tuned to Drop D, since it’s a bit of a pointy, metal-style guitar, and so that seems appropriate. Obviously I don’t retune it to anything else, because that’s such a pain with the Floyd Rose.
For what it is and what it cost (around €380, I think), it’s fine. If I had to get rid of some guitars, it would probably be one of the first to go, but that’s not really due to any particular problem with it – it’s a perfectly good, fairly cheap pointy guitar. Regarding the stickers, I just decided one day that it looked rather boring in plain black, so I dug around on Amazon and found a couple of fun stickers. I still like them – John Bohlinger has the devil woman sticker on his PRS, so that has to be a pretty good choice!
One final point: I’m reasonably sure that this is an Arkane A100, but – believe it or not – 2008 was before product pages were found for everything on the Internet, and I struggled to find it when I was checking. It’s certainly not what Lag sells as an Arkane A100 now, which has a non-FR bridge and only two humbuckers, but I think it was back in 2008. Consequently, I have recorded the specifications below, as far as I can work them out.
- Model: Lag Arkane A100 (2008)
- Scale length: 25.5″
- Body wood: No idea, it’s covered in solid black. I’d guess something like Alder or Basswood.
- Neck wood: Maple one-piece
- Fretboard: Looks like Rosewood but I don’t know
- Weight: 3.3kg
- Neck construction: Bolt-on
- Fretboard radius: Unknown (fairly flat, though)
- Frets: 24
- Nut width: 43mm
- Neck depth at fret 1: 18mm
- Pickups: HSH, no idea what they are
- Controls: 1 volume, 1 tone, 5-way selector
- Bridge: Licensed Floyd Rose