Price paid: $ 230
Sound — 10
The sound is clear atleast with the amp is comes with and the 5-way pickup thing really gives a great variety of sounds you can easily get basically any style with it so its really great for begginers. I mostly play grunge/rock and it fits that style very well but I bet it can fit any style.
Overall Impression — 10
The guitar fits my style of music and I've been playing for 3 years with it so I know it is reliable. It's definetly the perfect choice for begginers but if it got stolen id probably buy something along the lines of a Gibson SG or a Les Paul. Probably the best thing about this guitar might be the 5-way selector thing.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Yes it will withstand live playing but its a bit heavey so buy a heavy duty strap or else you are screwed. I've been playing it as much as possible so like 5 hours a day and had it for a good 3 years now and only recently has a problem occured yet a minor problem, while changing strings the nut cracked and broke in half but it can be easily replaced. Other than that I believe it will last a very long time no back up guitar needed in gigs.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
It's basically well made just that the nut is kind of weak, it snapped in half while I was changing the strings but that can be replaced though and the tuning pegs can loosen up which makes tuning a bit tricky other than that its perfect.
Features — 8
It's a pretty basic Strat, 22 frets, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard. Bolt-on neck with alder body. Has 1 volume control, 2 tone controls and 3 single coiled pickups and a 5-way pickup switch thing. Comes with gig bag, crappy strap, cable, harmonica like tuner, and an amp (with whammy bar).