We've all seen them at Walmart, Target, Toys-R-Us, etc. Most musicians wouldn't touch them with a 20ft pole. I believe it was about 4 years ago that I walked into a shoe store and saw that they were doing a guitar giveaway, one of those fill-out-a-card-and-drop-it-in-the-box dealios. I almost always sign up for these, I've found that if I put my phone number and spam email address that I never check then they will never call me and I will never see their countless email offers. I didn't really think much of it at the time, but a few months later I got a phone call letting me know that I had actually won said guitar! It was pretty exciting, considering I don't usually win anything. A week later I had a package on my door step that could only be a guitar. So I open it up and find... a First Act LP-style guitar. Black with a bound neck/headstock and a Converse All-Star sticker on it. Not exactly what I was hoping for but a free guitar is a free guitar, am I right? I noodled around on it for a few weeks, even going so far as to restring it (super serious, I know). It actually played decently well and didn't sound too bad when it was plugged in. It definitely wasn't a Gibson, but it held it's own. However, I eventually lost interest because I was taking sax/viola lessons for the 5 high school ensembles I was in at the time while also playing bass in a garage band. Talk about musically maxed out. The guitar went into the storage closet, without a case, for quite some time. I'm currently transitioning between colleges and working in the mean time to save money. My parents let me move back in (lame, I know, but the free rent totally outweighs the uncool factor IMO), so I've taken on the task of cleaning out the entire house as a way of saying thank you. Last night I was going through that storage room and came across the First Act under a box of VHS tapes. Why anyone broke out VHS some time in the past 4 years is beyond me. I started playing it for kicks and giggles and much to my amazement, it was still completely in tune! The action was damn near perfect. It had obviously been thrown around a bit because it's a little beat up now, but aside from the strings being dead it plays and sounds like at least a $500 guitar. I'm extremely impressed. Does anyone else have a First Act instrument? I'm wondering if they're actually a fairly decent line, or if I just managed to get a good one. It just goes to show that free instruments really are the best ones.