Price paid: $ 300
Purchased from: Musiciansfriend.com
Sound — 10
This guitar is my music style, I play heavy/hair Metal. and classical shred. It's good for chunking chords and complete shreddage. I use Dave Mustaine Signature strings with it too, for the full metal experience. I use lots and lots of gain, and a good warm clean sound too, sometimes. It's not noisy at all, it depends if your cable is good though. The sound is really bright on the higher strings and just right for the lower stings. It has a great metal sound. The harmonics are exellent on this guitar and the souns come out so rich and full, there is a lot of variety and you can play just about anything on it.
Overall Impression — 9
I play heavy metal, and classical. This guitar matches my style like a glove. I've been playing for 8 years about and the only guitar I've played thats better than this is my friends 3000 dollar Jackson King V. I own a Marshall practice amp, a few random cables, several straps, and Dave Mustaine signature progressive strings, I would advise any player to get these. I can't think of anything I wouldve asked before purchasing this because all of my questions were already answered. If someone stole this guitar I'd hunt them down. But I would probably purchase it again, except this time I would get it in red. Its one for the money. I love the floyd rose, the great metal sound and the shape. The only things I dont like about it is the shape can be annoying sometimes if you don't know how to position it while sitting down and that it is very heavy. Me favorite feature is probably with Tremolo with the whammy bar, I love those things. I compared this to the Jackson RR3. I chose this one becuase it had the same idea but the price was really cheaper and the shape was just a bit cooler. This is a must buy for any real glam show off metal artist.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar is made for live playing! The hardware seems perfect, the only thing I'm concerned about is the pickups that are made by BC Rich. The strap buttons are really strong, I don't even think I'll need strap locks. I would use this guitar without a backup at a gig, mainly because my other guitars are major trash! This was the first really good addition to my guitar collection. Very dependable. The finish is going to take several tens of years to wear off. It's really thick and black!
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
This guitar was build very well, though it is very heavy it can sustaine alot of damage. The pick ups were adusted just fine, the only adjustments I had to make were the strings I had to replace. Their were absolutely no flaws in this guitar when I recived it. I have a 1 year warraty on it anyways so it's all cool.
Features — 9
This guitar was made in 2005. It was made in Korea, there must have been some sweat shop associated. It's got 24 jumbo frets with a rosewood fretboard, and a maple neck. The neck is bolt on. The body is made of agathis. The shape is beautiful, and really metal! It's got a licenced floyd rose, which keeps those strings in tune if you yank or dive on the whammy bar. Thier is 1 volume and 1 tone knob, and a 3 way Switch. The pickups a 2 humbuckers, both BC Rich BDSM humbuckers. They have an alright sound, I won't be replacing them anytime soon. The tuners are locking, it might be a bitch to restring but it's worth it. It came with a really nice gigbag all the tools needed for it and a cable.