Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 10
The sound of this guitar can go with any style. I play mostly heavy metal and it was great sounding for heavy metal. The factory pickups are good for the price of the guitar. One of the best sounding factory pickups for guitars under $500. The main reason why this guitar sounds good is because it is heavy.
Overall Impression — 10
If I had a chance to buy this guitar again, I would. Very great sounding than my higher priced guitars. The only issues is the weigh and the balance. But besides those flaws the guitar is great. I gave it a five, because I'm not including the problem with the guitar output. Because every guitar maker put out a dud once in a while. So for a dud, it was good.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I think this guitar can withstand live playing. The question is can you withstand the guitar for playing live. The guitar is heavy. After playing for long periods it takes it toll. You shoulder start to hurt when playing the guitar with a guitar strap. It it hard to play fast on the guitar if you standing up and playing. The reason for that is the guitar is unbalanced. The fret board always took a nose dive when I took my hand from underneath the fret board. If playing live this guitar would be good for 2 or 3 songs. Not an entire set. This guitar body can take a beating. The only way to break the body is to cut it with a saw.
Action, Fit & Finish — 4
The guitar has a great finish, paint job and shape wise. With the shape of the guitar, you would at least think there would flaws when cutting out the guitar from the block of wood. The chrome or chrome plated pickguard is great. When turning the volume knobs, I would hear static noise from the knobs being dirty. Another flaw was the guitar output keeping pushing out the guitar cable. So the sound would cut on and off. Then the metal block holding the guitar output fell out because the screws threaded the wood. The setup for the guitar was perfect. What I can say is that the guitar didn't buzz even when I strummed really hard and fast.