Price paid: $ 70
Purchased from: ebay
Sound — 4
I generally play a lot of heavy thrash metal, specifically Metallica. It works okay if I put enough distortion. It did not come properly intoned so I had to have that done. I am putting it through a Modtone Extreme Metal Pedal and a FAB metal distortion pedal and into a cheap Kona 10 watt amp. If you select any single pup it rtends to hum and buzz a lot, but if you select any 2 it reduces noise noticeably. It works reasonably well for harmonics and pinch harmonics but the sustain is virtually non existent. It generally dies off within 5-10 seconds.
Overall Impression — 4
If this was stolen or lost I would not buy it again I would definitely buy something better with a floyd and 24 frets.
Reliability & Durability — 4
I would not suggest this for live playing unless you plan to upgrade everything on this guitar. The hardware is as good as you can expect with an ebay guitar. At the very least it would be a decent backup guitar.
Action, Fit & Finish — 3
The action was set up pretty well, no serious problems except there was no intonation done on it. I don't think the bridge hole was properly routed because the edge of the tremolo block is rubbing the side of the hole. I wouldn't suggest using the tremolo because it promptly goes way out of tune.
Features — 3
This is a cheap beginners guitar I bought off of ebay about 6 months ago. It is a decent guitar, not grteat but playable. I would only suggest buying it if you want something cheap to carry around to friends houses etc... It has a 21 fret maple neck with a rosewood fretboard that is just like a Fender Strat. I have no idea about the body material but it can be bought in a variety of finishes. I bought mine with the transparent green finish. The body is modeled after the Stratocaster design with a few exceptions. Firstly the pick guard has a big curving cutaway where it would be on a normal strat. And secondly its input jack is located on the side of the body instead of the top. The bridge is cosmetically the same as a Strat but um sure the quality is a lot crappier. It has 3 single coil pups with no brand name on them. It has 1 volume knob and 2 tone knobs as well as a 5 way selector switch. The tuners are cheap but seem to work fine. The package cam with 2 allen wrenches, a gig bag, an extra high e string, an amp cable(CRAP), and a pick(THIN).