Price paid: $ 800
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 9
The guitar is perfect for metal! I play through a Line 6 75 Watt Spider Jam amp and it has a nice heavy tone. The guitar can sound good on just about any setting, but sounds best on a heavy distortion setting. In order to get a great clean sound you need to turn down the volume and turn the tone knob all the way down, otherwise you'll get a crunch sound on a clean setting.
Overall Impression — 10
I play Metal and this is one of the best matches for me because I love playing on V shaped guitars. I've been playing for about two years now and if this guitar were stolen I would hunt it down until I found it. I absolutely love everything about this guitar! I had compared it to the Jackson RR3 Rhoads, Schecter Hellraiser Solo 6, and the Schecter Blackjack ATX C1 FR and I found this guitar to be the best for me.
Reliability & Durability — 10
The guitar will withstand live playing although I would bring a backup guitar just because if you break a string on the Floyd Rose you're done for. The strap buttons are in a comfortable spot (I put strap locks on mine just in case but you really don't need them) and the input jack is on the back side of the V, unlike a Rhoads where it's inside the V. The finish has lasted me so far and I play 7+ hours a day. The only thing about the finish is that it shows fingerprints because of the gloss black finish, so bring a cloth to gigs to wipe it down.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I bought the floor model from guitar center and the action was pretty good, it could have been lower but it was playable. The EMG's did need a new battery but that's only because they're active pickups. After having the guitar set up the action was super low and the Floyd Rose was able to do dive bombs without coming untuned.
Features — 10
This guitar is perfect for metal! It has 24 jumbo frets on an ebony fretboard. The neck wood is maple and the body is Nato (Eastern Mahogany). The guitar has neck thru construction, Active EMG Pickups (81 and 60), Original Floyd Rose Tremolo, Grover tuners, and an Abalone outline around the V and on the Knobs. The guitar has two volume and 1 tone knob. One thing about the knobs is that the Top knob is the Bridge Pickup and the middle knob is the Neck Pickup. One of the only cases that this guitar can fit in is a Coffin Case bass case so be prepared to have a big case.