Price paid: $ 300
Purchased from: musiciansfriend.com
Sound — 7
I play mostly metal with bluesy stuff thrown in there from time to time. I was playing through a headphone amp at the time I purchased this guitar and later a cheap marshal stack. the pickups are pretty noisy, especially when you have the afterburner turned all the way up. not a bad axe for metal but the pickups are not the greatest. but like I said before this is a cheap (price wise) axe that is perfect for beginners so you shouldn't expect the greatest pups.
Overall Impression — 8
Like I said earlier this is hands down a great metal guitar for beginners. This was the first guitar that I purchased on my own and I was not let down. It plays pretty well and the looks will get you a lot of attention. metal for sure. I think I was comparing this with a few Ibanez guitars around the same price when I got it. It was a nice purchase and I learned a lot on it. memories lol... my favorite thing about it was the neck. it is one of the thinnest I have played. Easily comparable to the Wizard necks Ibanez offers. If your just starting out or even have been playing for a bit and looking for an upgrade that wont crush your account then I highly recommend this guitar. It looks great and plays pretty nice. for the money you can't go wrong.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I played this for quite some time then gave it away to a family member. Everything seemed to hold up and the last time that I was hope I played it and everything worked just like when I got it. I'm not sure you would want to gig with it without a backup but imo you should always have one. the finish lasted. it's like a tank
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
from the factory the set up was horrible but they usually are from musiciansfriend in my experience with dealing with them. after getting a setup it wasn't to bad. the action can be adjusted to medium at best I would say. I had it as low as I could get it without a whole lot of buzz and it was playable but I normally prefer a lot lower. pups were adjusted fine and the top was fine. kinda cheap paint job but for 300 bucks again what do you expect. one of the other reviews said that the finish was really tough and that is the truth. it's really hard to scratch or dent. no flaws other than the ones I have mentioned.
Features — 7
It has a 24 fret unfinished, bolt on, maple neck, with Dot inlays. The neck is extremely thin which I loved. The finish is black with a white Kerry King tribal/flame graphic over the top. The body is basswood which makes the guitar light. The pickups are B. C. Rich BDSM dual humbuckers which are not the greatest but I have heard worse as well. all in all great guitar for beginner metal heads.