Sound — 7
I play metal, so this guitar is perfect for that. It looks a bit more brutal than to my liking because of the "beast" headstock. I use a Peavy Vypyr 75, so I probably don't get same tone that I would with a tube amp, but it sounds great through it so I'm happy. It has a very rich sound, and I can get the thrash metal tone I like with it. The EMG don't have that much versatility, I am thinking about changing them.
Overall Impression — 9
This guitar is a great match for metal. I have been playing for around 5 years, and this is my first guitar with a Floyd Rose and I love it! I compared it to various Jackson's and ESP's but this one had all of the features I wanted pretty much. If it were stolen, I would probably buy it again, but I might look around for another one like it. I love that it has the jack on the back of the body because the other V I have has it is inside the bottom wing so it's hard to play sitting down without a right angled cable. I wish it had different pickups, and that is all.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I haven't played live with it yet but it seems pretty solid, and has strong hardware. The strap buttons are very solid, the strap I have on it is new so holes are tough to get off. The finish is good too. I would probably bring a backup just because it has a Floyd Rose.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The action was great when I got it, I could play it fine right out of the case, it just needed a quick tuning. The finish and everything was to my liking. The only flaws were a few tiny paint smudges, but nothing too noticeable and one of the fine tuners was a bit loose but it's fine now.
Features — 9
- Made in Korea - 24 jumbo frets - 25.5" scale - Maple neck; with abalone binding - Ebony fretboard - Nato (Eastern Mahogany) body; V shaped with abalone binding - Original Floyd Rose tremolo - Active EMG 81-85s - 2 volumes, 1 tone, three way pickup selector - Grover Tuners, locking nut (43mm) - "Beast" headstock; with abalone binding - I had to buy a case for it, I got a Coffin Case