Price paid: $ 180
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 7
Yes this fits my style of music (alternative all the way to country) I run this on a Boss Ds-1 and a spider 3 and for the most part it is great. Never gotten feed back once on this guitar where as I own a 600 dollar guitar that often does. It has a sort of natural overdrive when you're using the humbucker. The single coils dotn give you much other than quiet clean sounds.
Overall Impression — 10
This is a great guitar for almost any stile of music. I've been playing for 2 and a half years mor or less. I own an Epiphone Les Paul Standard plus top and a speciall II but they both give me problems this one never really has.if it were stolen I'd be heartbroken as they don't make this anymore if I'm correct. I'd probably have to say that I only wish it had a Floyd Rose trem and this guitar would be solid gold.
Reliability & Durability — 5
Live playing meh I don't know about THAT but if you're just starting or you just want a kick butt practice guitar this is made for you. The strap buttons aren't a problem as this guitar is EXTREMELY light.the finnish you really have to abuse to get it to mess up. I know this personally. The hardware is nice it will last along time. I'd definately upgrade the pickups, that is if you think you'd play with this live.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
This guitar came with action that you'd need a parachute for the way down to the frets. However! I have the action set as low as possible and never once have I gotten ANY fret buzz. The pickups needed to be lowered with the action so no comment there.the nut is garbage and if my investigations serve me right you CANNNOT remove the nut the only way you have tuning problems is if you constantly attack the trem bar.
Features — 10
This guitar is a great beginner-intermediate guitar. It features a maple neck with 24 frets not quite sure about the size of them though. The Finish is just pleain old glossy and black. Howeve if you chipped off the milimeter of paint (I accidentally did lol) you would find a wood bearing a striking resemblance to the necks(maple. te body is for the most part a Strat style wish slightly more flared "C" cuts. Passive electronics and a string-thru Standard trem body. Includes a practice amp starter DVD and a really short amp jack.