Purchased from: The Music Store
Sound — 9
I blend classical and blues styles into heavy metal. This guitar gets the blues and classical part down, but the single coils aren't too good for metal, so if you're getting this for metal get some EMG's. I use a Crate VTX65, (the built in tuner helps) and sounds good on te rhythmn and clean channels. Full, rich sound on those two channels, but not on the solo channel, or at least not with those pups. Still, it does a lot, good sustain, full sound, plays classical to classic rock well.
Overall Impression — 9
Good match for all styles, but, to me, doesn't sound good on the solo channel. I've been playing for 2 yrs. I play this through a Crate VTX65 and it sounds awesome on the rhythmn and clean channels. If it were stolen, I would get an inexpensive ESP model instead. I love the look and playability, but I hate the pups and horrinle tuning stability. I wish it had locking auto-trim tuners, Super Vee bridge, EMG stacked pups, and schaller strap locks. Still, great beginner guitar, kudos to Austin.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar will withstand Live playing, but be sure you bring a tuner or get locking tuners or a Super vee. Solid strap buttons, but get locking strap buttons for security, it's all fun and Games until someone's guitar is all ove the floor. Hardware will last, but if you're going to play this for a while, get some good parts for it. I have a couple of nicks in the finish, but still pretty strong. should last a good long time.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar came in perfectly, not a single problem. Pups well adjusted, everything was fine, no real flaws. The only flaw I've ever seen from Austin was the action on my Austin SG was horrible. That doesn't mean Austin is no good though. Good guitar especially for beginners.
Features — 8
I'm not sure when my Austin was made, probably around 2006. 21 rosewood fret neck, not too thick, not to thin. Solid alder body and normal finish. The classic Strat design of 3 single coils and 1 vol. and 2 tone knobs with a 5-way selector Switch. Cheap hardware, but it still works. If you get one, get a Super Vee floyd rose bridge and locking tuners. Good for beginners, though.