Purchased from: Ebay
Sound — 7
It suits my music style perfectly (metal) and I am currently using it with a Marshall MG100. It has the best tone I have ever come across in a guitar, and suits thrash metal as it is a heavy sound. The strings provide a much more metallic tone to any guitar I have used previously. It can produce a wide variety of sounnds and even at high volumes does not lose it's incredible tone.
Overall Impression — 8
I play a lot of metal and the guitar works perfectly with the genre, the tone fits and it looks the part too. I have been playin just over 2 years, and own a Fender Telecaster and Stratocaster which are nowhere near up to the standard of this. If it was stolen or lost then I would defineatly buy another, though if I had a little mor cash I would defineately consider moving up to the silver or platinum series for superior build quality and tone. I love the look, tone, and feel of this guitar, and I fing it impossible to flaw. My favourite feature is either the overall amazing appearance or the incredible tone. I compared it to a Gibson SG, but I decided that as a Gibson costs over 400 more, and if you ask me has pretty poor tone, that this was by far the better option.
Reliability & Durability — 7
This guitar withstands live playing very well, however I have seen examples in the past of carelessness when people have chipped or knocked the spikes and the head. The strap buttons are solid and I would defineately use it gigging as I have already several times without fault. The finish will last unless you are careless.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The guitar was set up untuned but the pickups were adjusted just to my liking. There were no flaws whatsoever after a thorough examination by me and a few friends. The bridge and top were perfectly routed and bookmatched and the controls all work well without being too loose or stiff.
Features — 6
It was made in China in early 2006, it has 24 rosewood frets and a maple neck. It has a volume and a tone selector and a 3 way Switch with B.C. Rich pickups and came with a cable, a temporary case and an allen key. It has a black laquer finish, which is quite hardy except from the corners, which are vulnerable.