Purchased from: Guitarworks
Sound — 8
The sound is a lot better. I always play it through my Peavy amp with a Boss Metal Master pedal. It gives you a really good "chug" sound when playing palm muted riffs, but the high end doesnt come through as much as I'd like. The clean sound is amazing as well, sounding almost like a Strat.
Overall Impression — 10
I love this guitar. Like I said, I got it hoping it would be the perfect stage guitar, but it really just is the perfect guitar. Great for rhythms, great for leads, great for looks, great for everything. A true metal heads guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 10
The first reviewer of this guitar mentioned that he had pieces fall off, like the pickup-switching knob and the screw for the strap, but I have had no problems. In fact, I've caused more damage to the other things in my room with that guitar than damage that has been done to it.
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
The action was decent when I got it, but it wasnt quite close enough. I decided to take a screwdriver to the tail-piece and lower it, which instantly solved my problem. It knocked it out of tune, of course, but that was no problem.
Features — 8
I got this guitar for christmas and it soon became my favorite. I had hopes of it being just a stage guitar, but its fine sound has led me to using it as my mainguitar. It's nice and heavy (about 15 pounds), which gives an incredible low-end sound. The string-through tail piece allows for easy tuning to whatever style you play (I usually go to drop c on this one), and the neck is thinner than expected, which allows for fluid rythms and solos.