Sound — 9
As I have already said this is my first guitar and since I have been learning to play the guitar I have encountered and used many different styles of music on the guitar from; classical numbers such as "Greensleeves" and the likes of Oasis "Wonderwall". Both of the two contrasting sounds are reproduced with a warm vibrant tone with a rich tonal and bass range when strumming and finger picking. The guitar has a good volume, due to it's shape, and responds well to slides and hammers.
Overall Impression — 9
This guitar is fantastic. Although I have only been playing two months and have very little guitar experience I have played many different guitars in the hunt for a steel strung varient, however I have come to the conclusion that I prefer the natural warm tones of this guitar. The only thing I wish it had (and I'm going to install) is an acoustic pickup. This is purely so I can still be heard properly when playing with my bassist and drummer.
Reliability & Durability — 8
So far I have only played in jamming sessions with a drummer and a bass player however it stood up to the test. Although I was not playing the guitar with too much vigour it was fine and lost no tune. A lot of people have been complaining about the tuners. Personally I have had no problem with them. My guitar only needs to be retuned after about two months which is not too much of a chore. Also as previously stated the finish is a bit thin and without the padded gig bag I have I do suspect that the guitar would soon start to show signs of damage.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The guitar was set up by the professional at the guitar shop so I can't comment really on the manufacturers exact set up although the guitar has a good medium action and medium tension strings. Perfect for beginners such as myself. The guitar contained no flaws, however it had a slight paint chip on the back near the neck. I can understand why now as the finish seems to be quite thin although it is a very good looking guitar when polished.
Features — 9
Made in Indonesia this is my first guitar and on the whole I am very pleased with it. The guitar has a nice wide fretboard with 20 frets (technically 19) although both the 19th and 20th aren't fully playeable. The guitar is made from Indonesian mahogany and has a Javanese rosewood fretboard and bridge. All of the hardware is chrome and the finish is a laminated stain. The body style is that of a dreadnaught all be it a bit smaller, which allows it to sit nicely on ones lap.