Price paid: $ 200
Purchased from: some music store
Sound — 5
It's okay for some metal. Mainly it's good for drop tuning songs and I can actually play a lot of old System Of A Down stuff on it and it sounds alright, but it doesn't really play anything else. I'm using a MT-2 Metal Zone pedal, an Alesis Midiverb2, and a Peavey studio pro 40 amp. It's pretty noisy if you crank it too far but part of that might be the rest of my rig although my other guitars don't have this much of a problem as this guitar does. It's really only suited for metal, and it's good for a beginner to learn on because it's cheap and a beginner would feel like a bad ass holding a guitar of this shape. I know I did for a while.
Overall Impression — 5
I play a lot of music, but it's only good for heavier stuff, nu-metal and stuff of that nature. I've been playing for almost 2 years and have 7 guitars this is the 3rd cheapest guitar I have but the worst sounding and worst playing guitar I have. It even sounds and plays worse than the $89 Lotus Strat copy that I bought with a gig bag and a tiny Kustom amp. If it were stolen or lost I would be mad because someone stole something of mine, but I'm not sure I would replace it. I didn't really compare it to anything because it was cheap and I wanted a guitar with hum buckers and it looked cool and I had just started playing. Only buy this guitar if your a beginner, and when you start to develop some technique and sense of tone buy something more expensive.
Reliability & Durability — 4
I think you could use this as a last resort for Live playing. The hardware seems like it will last for a while, but not like generations upon generations. The strap buttons suck, period. I really don't depend on this guitar, it's just too cheap feeling, and I would not gig with this as my main guitar, but as my very last resort of all my guitars. The finish wont last it's already peeling away.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
It was setup okay from the factory but as I learned more on how to change the action I lowered it a bit. The pickups were in a fine place, but maybe a bit far from the strings. No flaws I could see except for some fret buzz on the lower frets making it nearly impossible to get a good lead sound, but that may have been in part my fault for lowering the strings a bit.
Features — 5
I'm not sure what year it was made or where exactly. I'm not up to date on where all of my guitars are from, but I'm guessing it wasn't made in the U.S.A. It's got 24 frets, 25.5 scale. The neck feels pretty comfortable to me, the neck is maple, and has an ebony fret board. The body is Agathis(ewww). Mine has a black finish that's chipping away, and it's of course the warlock body style. It's got a fixed bridge, 2 Passive hum bucking pickups(HH configuration) which give off a fuzzy kinda tone with my metal zone pedal and Peavey studio pro 40 amp and have some pretty bad cleans unless you roll down the volume quite a bit, and I'm not sure on the make or model of the pickups they're just the stock ones. It has non locking die-cast tuners that stay in tune okay over all. It came with a gig bag, I bought it very slightly used. The guy before me had it maybe one or 2 days and it just sat around.