Sound — 6
Its alright as far as tone goes I play mostly metal but it sounds kinda cloudy, I think it needs a pick me up in the Pickup department. I use Boss effects and Dunlop wah and a Marshall amp. Not noisy at all on the upside. It doesn't pick up the greatest harmonics either Pinch or bar. The tremolo isn't that easy to use.
Overall Impression — 8
The Music I play is black metal and it says it's made to rock and you could say it works well with that stly of music. I have been playing for around 5 years, I use Boss effects Dunlop Wah, and Marshall amps. I wish I had asked for a longer hardware warranty. I would only get another if I could find one with better pickups. I like the versatility of having 7 strings. I don't like the pickups or the Bolt on neck. I did not compare, I chose it because I liked the shape. I wish it had better pickups and neck through body design.
Reliability & Durability — 8
It's fairly reliable I would bring a backup though, it does well on stage but nothing amazing. The nut cracked after three months and I had to get it fixed. I changed out the strap buttons for Straplock so no problem there. I haven't noticed any problems with the paint job.
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
Action is good but not great, it's slightly high and I can't do sweeps that easily on it. The pickups are pretty well set. The main problem I had was the locking nut cracked and I had to have it repaired three months later. The bridge was in right but it's so tight it's not really fun to use.
Features — 7
It was made in 2005 and from what I hear it's been discontinued, Japan. I got 24 Super Jumbo frets with Seven Strings. Solid-top, with bolt on neck mahogany body with a maple neck and ebony fretboard. Black everything paint and hardware. It's a warlock, but it's kinda heavy for a guitar, around 10 pounds. it's got a double locking tremolo Floyd Rose with three four springs. Passive electro's, one volume and one tone plus a three way Switch. B\.C\. Rich pickups. With Schaller tuners, came with a Case.