Price paid: $ 150
Sound — 10
I mostly play Folk and punk, and this guitar suits me perfectly. I play at small open mics at my school and surrounding community and even un-amplified this guitar is more than loud enough to be heard at the back of the audiance. The sound is very good, rich lows and bright highs. Chords ring true, as do single notes struck. It's a good guitar for rhythm or lead.
Overall Impression — 8
This is perfect for punk and Folk playing, people who want to play anything fast on an acoustic should look else where, the action makes it difficult to play anything technical. Though the durability, and tone are exellent. I recomend this guitar to any beginner, especially since the you're getting a great deal for the price paid.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar is tough as nails. Have no fear playing this guitar live. The strap button is solid, and my strap has never fallen off. I've dropped this guitar a bunch of times, and it has never detuned. All that's happened from the abuse I've put it through is a smallish blemish to the finish on the back of the body, which was easily buffed out. Takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin', easily a 5.
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
If there is one part of the guitar that needs improvement its the action. It is very high. Though it is possible to adjust the truss rod to lower the action, you loose volume in doing so. After playing with such high action for a while you get used to it and it does a great job of developing calluses. Once you can play this guitar without buzzes you can play just about anything. Aside from the action the rest of the fit and finish was exellent. There are no blemishes to the finish. The frets have no burrs and don't buzz so long as you press down hard enough. The wood is very good, as is the hardware. The only reason this category gets a 3 is because of the action.
Features — 10
This is a steel string dreadnought. The finish on mine is transparent black, though several other finishes are availavle. There were no obvious blemishes. The 20 frets are set in a rosewood fingerboard. The neck contains an adjustable truss rod, which is accessable through the sound hole. The guitar has a solid top made of mahogany. The back, sides, and neck are also made of mahogany. Enclosed chrome tuners are very smooth turning, yet resistant to accidental change; this guitar keeps its tuning once the strings are streched, unless you change it on purpose. There is only one strap button located at the bottom of the guitar's body, but you can either install your own second button or just tie the top of your strap infront of the first fret. This is not a big deal. All in all its a basic guitar that is exellent for beginners and is perfectly suitable for more advanced players, though some may want to upgrade to something a little more advanced.