Price paid: $ 169.99
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 10
Very nice sound. Very, very nice. I've played a few guitars ranging from $600 to $2000, and I might sound like I'm exaggerating, but I really think this guitar stands up with them. I play many styles, and it is a one size fits all guitar. Blues, rock, even classical, it all works. You want a nice, round sound? This. Is. It. I got this as a starter guitar, but after ages of playing, I still haven't had a thought to upgrade. It's that good. (And, uh, just in case you were wondering, I'm not deaf. This thing has good tone.)
Overall Impression — 10
I love this guitar. I love it like a family member. I love it even more than my own mother. (Just kidding. I love ya, Mom.) There's nothing more to it. It's beautiful. It makes a great starting guitar, and if you want a starter guitar that you won't have to upgrade anytime soon, then grab this. This is a happy man's guitar. Great sound, durable body, and I forgot to mention, BEAUTIFUL tortoise-shell pickguard. (The pickguard matches the design on my pick, so that's kinda part of why it's great.) Compared to an $800 guitar, this is one tough competitor. Really tough. If it was lost, I would cry a bit, then make use of the warranty. If it were stolen, someone would die. And then I would make use of the warranty, too, I guess. That is the uberness of this guitar. Yes, uberness is a word. (Not really, please don't use that word in any language arts class.)
Reliability & Durability — 9
Now, let's get something straight. I'm a klutz. I fall UP stairs. That said, this guitar has gone through hell and lived to tell the tale. I've bashed it pretty hard into walls (yes, wallS), dropped it on concrete, and yet it survives, with no more than maybe five small white scratches (bout a centimeter long each, a nanometer deep) and once tiny dent. The strap button still alive as well. Point is, this is one tough cookie. It'll probably last through everything short of the apocalypse.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Action is pretty good. I got this as a starter guitar, but it still works incredibly. Hammer-ons are starting to make weird twangy noises, but I think that's just an issue with my strings. The body of the guitar was great when I got it, and it's still lookin' good. Very nice clear finish, shines even through mud.
Features — 9
Made in China. (Whoa, really?) 20 full frets, one more "half" fret if you count that last bit of wood. Very nice solid top, really SOLID. More on that later. Body woods are great looking mahogany, I think, but the front is tad bit pale. Just my opinion, and a darker shade is also available. The neck is also a work of art. Rosewood, looks very natural. Tuners are non-locking, but they hold tune for days, even weeks. I play for at least three to four hours a day, and honestly, I only need to tune every week. Didn't get any accessories or anything, but I really don't care. This is a heck of a guitar. Cheap and incredible.