Price paid: € 150
Purchased from: Local Store
Sound — 7
For the price and my guitar experience I had back in 2008 it was a good guitar for every style. I practice Death metal songs with it and it's really good for the price. I got it hooked up to a Line 6 Spider IV or on my PC via plug ins. Sometimes I hook it up to a Bugera 333XL and it sounds mediocre for me, compared to a guitar with EMG etc. The single coil Pick ups are noisy when I play through an amp without noise gate (Roland Cube 30) The guitar fits every style from clean (the guitar has really good cleans) to shred / high gain.
Overall Impression — 4
Overall if you're new into guitar and don't want to play on a 50$ Strat lookalike I recommend this guitar. I was watching on my budget back than (2008) I don't use this guitar for gigs anymore (since 1.5 years now :D ) for the price I paid I think you can a Jackson JS or an LTD maybe. This Aria mac30 ist the guitar that I mainly use at home or for band rehersals at school. I've got a Jackson and an Ibanez too, I use them for Gigs and for playing with higher end gear I own.
Reliability & Durability — 1
for live I've got one advice: Strap locking, and screw control! The hardware will last for about...I don't remember :) but after 3 weeks the input jack was loosen. And I take Care for my Guitars, every guitar I own is in a case and gets set up every week by me and every month by a pro ( a relative who works for the store where I bought the guitar so I've got free service there)
Action, Fit & Finish — 3
Well I always let adjust the action to my porpuses in the store when I buy a new axe, so I didn't have Problems. Pickups were a bit to high for me, specially the middle pickup. The guitar has some flaws in the finish. And the metal of the screws etc is not the best the one on the jack input fell down once during a gig -.- Tuning pegs are to hard as I mentioned. You will notice that the guitar hasn't the best quality out there. You get what you pay for.
Features — 5
I dont remember the Year it was made. This was my first "real" guitar, I bought it in 2008. It has 24 Frets and unfortunately no one in the store could tell me the wood tybes. I think it has Rosewood fingerboard and Maple neck. The Finish is Silver with some painture fails -.- It has a Vintage-style Tremolo which I blocket because of double stop bendings (You will notice this after some times if you're a beginner). The trem doesn't stay in tune at all on my guitar and it was quite hard to dive. The guitar has a single Volume and a single tone + a good thing for a starter guitar, it has a split coil toggle. It has a 5-way switch. Pickups: No name pickups in a H-S-S configuration. It has bad Standard Aria( I hope because there's no name) tuners. They got pretty hard after a month! My guitar did just come with a whammy bar and a cable (which was given free from the store)