PE-DLX-SD review by Aria

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.4 (28 votes)
Aria: PE-DLX-SD
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Price paid: $ 200

Purchased from: pawn shop

Sound — 10
I love playing metal on this thing. It has a deep dull kind of sound, but great resonance. The sustain seems like it goes on for days. Also great for Acoustic sound, even when unplugged. It has really dull, deep and chunky lows, soaring sharp highs. The pinch isn't as good as a Strat but they feel pretty good. It hums a bit more than other guitars, but that depends on the amp. Recommend a noise suppressor. Great for many styles, but definitely not a pop guitar. Perfect for metal and rock rhythm.

Overall Impression — 10
I love this guitar, inlays and all. It's a piece of ART that sounds as good as it looks. My friends complement it each time they see it. I'd definitely buy another given the chance. If it were stolen I would hunt down and "persuade" them to return it. This beauty's best feature, must be a tie between the body finish and the tone. This is undoubtedly the most beautiful guitar I've ever seen. An almost required buy to any guitar player, collector, or enthusiast.

Reliability & Durability — 9
Sounds awesome Live. Love the tone, sounds great with or without a pedal. Hardware's great, takes a little maintenance though. Strap buttons are a little problem, easily fixed with a cheap $2 strap lock. Very dependable, very reliable. Finish is great, holds up well, looks stunning. Only real big problem are the control nobs, they fall off often, I recommend replacing them, maybe with some more ornate nobs. Other than that very durable.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The action is great. Really flows. The neck feels good, easy to play on. The pickups are adjusted pretty well. The only flaws on this guitar were user inflicted. The trim is applied flawlessly. The inlay looks great. The finish is insane, even on the back of the neck. The stock is functional, not too bulky, looks great.

Features — 9
I tried finding my particular guitar on the net, but found little to no information. Made in Japan. It has 22 Jumbo frets, Rosewood. Great finish, a dark blue-green flamed maple with ivory colored binding. The body looks like a tele bred with a les paul. The bridge keeps pretty well, not too high, adjustable. It has 4 controls, 2 tone 2 volume, 3 way selector. Not sure of the pickup model, but they keep pretty great sound, especially with distortion. Tuners keep in tune ok, not the best I've seen. They tune drop D great. I recommend buying strap locks though, straps come off the bottom quite often. All in all a great looking guitar.

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