American Rodsmith = JUNK
I bought a what I thought was a nice rod to go with a Shimano Stradic for my wife's 45th birthday last year. I took it out last Tuesday with her (probably the 10th time she's ever used it) and three of the guides had cracked out. What a piece of garbage. I paid nearly $100 for this thing and in a year's time it is total junk. I've got rods that have lived in the salt since we bought our Tiki place in 2007 that are fine, some even were submerged in Ike.
I tried taking it back to Academy with no receipt and they looked it up. It was worth $0.01 since I didn't have a receipt. I don't fault them, though, as I didn't have the receipt. I fault American Rodsmith for building a piece of garbage rod. I let Academy keep their $0.01 and replaced it with a Falcon that matches one of my other rods that has been there for a few years. I rinse all my rods and reels after every trip and I've never seen one just completely fall apart in a year's time. You can see one of the eyes that is cracked and about to fall out in the photos. One of the guides completely cracked and fell apart. Very disappointed in what I thought and heard was a good company.