Price paid: A$ 120
Purchased from: eBay
Sound — 9
The Standard guitar to amplifier output isn't all that great, but the main reason for buying this guitar is to use the USB function right? With the USB function, the sound is well worth it. Next to zero distortion, great effects, and this you don't need an amplifier. The guitar itself just puts out a nice mellow sound, and if you're looking for a guitar to play at home, and send recordings from your computer to other people it's well worth it. You plug the USB into your computer to get the distortions, and plug the audio cable into the output source (amplifier, or just regular speakers, or even headphones).
Overall Impression — 8
I play metal on mine, and it plays fine, but that's because I use a pedal, and it gives it a nice thrash crunch. I would recommend this guitar for anyone who plays at home and doesn't want to dish out on expensive amplifiers and pedals and such.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar wouldn't be great to play Live as it doesn't like amplifiers. But everything else seems very secure, the strap button are on very solid. This guitar could last years whether you like to play slow, or shred like a maniac. The strings it comes with are pretty poor, but I guess it depends on what you would prefer to play. I bought some Earnie Ball strings and it's great.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
As stated above, the only flaws I managed to find with this guitar is the volume knob goes kind of dodgy when turned down to a low volume, and the tuning heads are somewhat loose, but this is fixed with a Phillips head screwdriver. One other thing is output jack puts out an annoying fuzz, and so if you're not interested in using it for the USB function, I would not buy this guitar.
Features — 7
The main feature of this guitar is it can be connected via USB to your computer, or just played as a normal guitar. The USB function is great! It saves you having to buy an amplifier and you get 3 virtual distortion programs. One bad thing is with technology constantly upgrading, a lot of people nowadays have great computers, and they need to use a 64bit operating system. The drivers for this guitar do not support 64bit. The guitars body is white, with a light grey/dark white inner body. It has a 5-way with 2 tone knobs, and a volume knob. The volume know seems sort of dodgy, if you have it turned down to a 2 (out of 10) it tends to either mute it, or make it cut in/out. Other than that, it's fine. The neck is wooden with metal frets. It's a decent sized neck, not long or short. The headstock had iAXE 393 written on it, but doesn't stand out which is good. The tuners that come with it are pretty loose and don't stay put, but this can be fixed by tightening the screws.