Price paid: $ 600
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 9
This guitar covers alot of tonal ground. I play it through my pedal board (VHT Valvulator - TU-2 Tuner - Menatone Red Snapper - Fulltone Full Drive II MOSFET - Ibanez BC-9 Bi Mode Chorus - Fulltone SupaTrem - Line 6 DL4) and into my Mesa Boogie Mark IV. It does everything I need it to do. It is not noisy at all and has a very bright tone... A little too bright at times. Consequently, I am changing he pickups to the DiMarzio Breed Pups this week.
Overall Impression — 10
Once I get the Breed pickups installed, this will be my main ax. I've been playing for over 25 years and I play just about every style (except country). I own a Music Man Petrucci, two American Strats, a PRS Custom and an ESP H-207 7 string. This feels better, and sustains better, has more flexibility than all of the above. If it were stolen, I'd go out and buy a new one.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Perfect so far. No issues what so ever. It feel VERY solid and it will withstand live playing. All of the hardward is black and of high quality. The strap buttons are solid and are not a concern. I could gig with this guitar alone. However, I always have at least one backup. You never know. However, I would feel just fine if I didn't have a backup. The finish is beautiful and should last or many years to come.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Perfect action. Perfect set up. Flawless finish. Couldnt have asked for a better guitar for the money. Its loud, has INCREDIBLE sustain and does all that I could ever ask it to do. The Floyd Rose Trem is set up perfect. The locking nut holds everything in tune perfectly. I actually spent about 30 mins trying to make it go out of tune. No dice. That is a huge selling point for me.
Features — 10
I purchased the trans-red ST made in Korea in 2011. It has 24 jumbo frets on a 24 5/8" scale. This is one of coolest Korean made axes on the market in my opinion simply due to the neck thru the body construction and all of the great tone options. Neck is North American Maple that runs from the tip of the head stock all of the way through to the strap pin on the end of the body. The side "wings" are mahogany and the guitar has a Beautiful AAA quilted maple veiner top. The neck through design allows for easy access to the highest frets. The controls look intimidating but, once you familiarize yourself with them, its a nothing. The pickups are active Duncan Design (H-103S I believe) and the guitar has 2x volume and 1x tone control. There is also a notch filter (the chickenhead switch), two coil taps (one for the neck pu and one for the bridge pu) and a phase inverter sitch. The bridge is a Locking Floyd Rose 1000 which is an actual Floyd Rose made to spec with the original Floyd Rose but manufactured in Korea. Works Great. No tuning issues.