Price paid: $ 300
Purchased from: Friend
Sound — 9
This guitar sounds great. I play mostly metal from hardcore to progressive styles. I'm currently running it through a Line 6 Spider IV 120 on a clean channel with a MXR Fullbore Metal distortion pedal in front. This guitar sounds great both clean and distorted. Through the neck pickup the cleans are very warm and round. This guitar really shines when distorted though. Through the bridge pickup it is great for heavy low end chugging and riffing. It also sounds great through the neck pickup for soloing and tapping over a held chord.
Overall Impression — 10
I have been playing guitar for 6 years now and this guitar is one of my favorites. I also own a Dean 7 string, a Takamine acoustic, and one other 6 string. If this guitar were lost or stolen I would definitely buy it again. It is a great guitar for the price and does everything I need it to do.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar is definitely built to last. I would most definitely use it live with no fear of needing a backup.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
I have no idea how this guitar was setup out of factory as I bought it used. However, after getting it setup myself it plays great. The action is nice and low and the pickups are at the perfect height. Also the stock tuners seem to do a decent job at keeping the guitar well in tune. What I am most impressed with about this guitar is the finish. This guitar is made to look old and used and Axl did an amazing job. The guitar is painted in an aged creamy white and has been worn down so you can see some of the wood grains. Also all the hardware is made to look like it is rusted. It looks absolutely beautiful.
Features — 8
This guitar has a lot of high quality features considering it is a lower end guitar. It has a set mahogany neck, mahogany body, TOM bridge with stop bar tail piece. It has 2 alnico humbucking pickups, 2 volume and 1 tone knobs and a 3 way toggle switch. It also has a rosewood 22 fret fingerboard with a 24 and 3 quarter inch scale length.