Price paid: $ 225
Purchased from: Ebay
Sound — 8
It sounds pretty good, not great though. The stock strings are very poor. A new set of strings is a must. I recommend Dean Markley's. It kind of has a sound between bright and warm but slightly towards bright. I get some fret buzz on the 13th and 14th fret even with proper string height and neck setup. I'm not sure if it's just mine or if it applies to all of them though.
Overall Impression — 7
Overall, the guitar is very well built and the natural wood finish is very nice. If only the action/fit/finish was better, it would be a perfect guitar. I purchased it new on ebay for $225.00USD. With shipping it came to about $300.00CAN (I'm from Canada). For the price I paid, it was a great deal. I would not purchase this guitar Brand New at a local music store though. the last time I checked, they go for about $500-600 canadian and about $400-500 american. If I broke it or if it was stolen, I would purchase another one if and only if I can get it for a great price.
Reliability & Durability — 9
It is very well built. The hardware is ok. I would perform with this guitar without a backup. I am not giving it a 10 because I feel that the electronic parts could have been much better. They aren't bad but I am slightly worried that they could fail. Plus the b-band buttons move around too easily.
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
The action in my opinion is slightly high and the neck was not properly adjusted when I recieved my guitar. The strings were poor and I got some fret buzz on the 13th and 14th fret after proper adjustments. I could also feel the binding protruding around the neck joint, although, that could be due to the hot weather and the guitar not being cared for properly from the shipper/during shipping. Other than that, everything else was perfect.
Features — 9
Mine was made in 2009, so it is the newest model available. The body is made out of Ash wood and the neck is made out of mahogany. It has ivory binding on the neck and around the body of the guitar. The fretboard and the bridge is made out of rosewood and it has a "signature" inlay on the 12th fret.