Price paid: A$ 1799
Purchased from: Custom Music Wagga Wagga
Sound — 10
I play mostly hard rock stlyes from the 70s and 80s, and this guitar being most famous during the 80s era, it fits in perfectly to my style. It can play a lot of the 80 metal style from Van Halen to Judas Priest to Motley Crue, it is perfect for that style of music as its built primarly to play that stlye. I'm using a solid state Crate FW65U (not that great of an amp but it does the job)through a Danelectro Cool Cat Fuzz pedal. The sound I get from it is just great. Fits into my stlye very well. The guitar can go from Hi Gain Distortion to very nice smooth cleans very easily. The 59' in the bridge produces a very rich and full sound for the cleans and the JB model in the bridge has a nice bright sound which sounds great with overdrive.
Overall Impression — 10
For Hard Rock and heavy metal it's great. I have owned a Ibanez GAX30 as my beginner guitar and moving on straight on to the San Dimas is just mindblowing. After playing the GAX30 for so long them moving on to the San Dimas it just felt so much better. This guitar is perfect for me. If this guitar was stolen from me I would look for the person Who stole it and if I find him he would be lucky to live. The greatest feature about this guitar is the neck. It features a compound radius which I just love. Its so smooth allowing it very comfortable to move up and down the neck while I'm shredding away. The first time I played it, it was mine. I just fell in love with it straight away, didn't need to try out anything else. The only thing which I wish it had different is the position of the toggle switch. It is very hard to get to. If it were a bit clser it would have been better.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I haven't yet played with it Live but it looks like it will withstand any live performance, the hardware is solid very tough and seems it would last a life time. The strap buttons are a pair of Dunlop Straplok, they are very tough and solid. I would gig with this guitar anyday, even without any backups. With this guitar there are no needs for any backups as its very solid and also it can make any sounds you want it to.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The action on the guitar is great. Its very nice to play, very smooth neck with a great action making it very nice and smooth to play. The pickups were adjusted perfectly, everything was perfect. The Floyd Rose is adjust very nicely, very easy to pull on, and stays tune no matter how long I have been pulling on the bar. I do have a very small issue with the position of the toggle switch which is quite hard to get to especially since I change pickups quite alot through out songs. Other than that it is perfect.
Features — 10
The features on this guitar are great. All the features are perfect for my needs. Very simple but very effective. - Made in USA 2009 - 22 Frets, Jumbo Frets and a 12"-16" Compound radius - Bolt-On Neck - Alder Body, Maple Quartersawn Neck - Tele Style body - Polar White Finish (the 5th production batch) - Original Floyd Rose - One Volume pot and 3 way toggle Switch - Neck Pickup; Seymour Duncan 59' Bridge Pickup; Seymour Duncan JB Model - Floyd Rose locking Nut - Grover Mini Rotomatic tuners - Comes with a Gig Bag