Price paid: € 150
Purchased from: Caffi
Sound — 8
It's a good Begginer/Low Intermidiate guitar much better than RG's or Squiers and it fits right into the center o rock style jams. However it can take a bluesy jam or a pretty heavy, headbanging riffs. Not that amazing in solos, and it's not only my fault. I currently use a Crate TX15 together with this piece and hey, they mix greatly together!:D The lack of effects of the amp. The guitar has them on the stock distortion knob! It has a good all round sound but I would recommend it on the brige/Middle set, as it give a great warm and bright sound. Not THE BEST for soloing and for crazy bends and divebombs but hey it can strech a long way being really versetile!
Overall Impression — 9
This guitar is a good all rounder. I can describe it with the word versatility. It goes from miles davies, to Iron Maiden easily. I've been playing for 3 years now and this has been my main choice as a guitar and price/quality I wouldn't trade it, but now I'm buying a PRS SE Paul Allender signature for a more relliable and trustworthy guitar with more quality. I just love the versatility in this guitar and the distortion knob is quite a inovation. It's very fun to play and to switch from a warm rock like led zepplin to a power metal like Iron Maiden just with a knob! I would defnitly replace it if it was stolen and I would do that just because, now that I will buy the Allender signature (main guitar) I would have a verstile backup guitar (of course I'm not that excited of playing it at a gig but hey I've gained trust in it and if it's necessary, I would) and mainly beacause it will continue to be my main practise guitar.:)
Reliability & Durability — 7
I wouldn't take this guitar into a gig as for it can let you down on the sound (it's a low mid range guitar what do you expect?:P). The hardware will last althoug the little bit of rust at the neck pickup, the knobs are sturdy and so is the guitar. The strap buttons are excellent they hold the strap pretty darn good, never let me down. I can depend on the guitar BUT if I were to take it to a gig I would have to take a backup. The finish is going to last a good time I think, I have it for a couple of years now and so far, so good.
Action, Fit & Finish — 4
ok this part the guitar is a Big Disapointment!:( The setup was horrible, touching the repulsive, the pickups weren't that bad. It's well finished, the wood is actually pretty good (inside it's bounds), the pickups are gaining a little bit of rust 2 years after it's purchase, the tuners are ok, the pickup selector is in good shape and the controls are the best at this part. It is able to get away with a little dignity
Features — 9
Don't know the year but it's made in Indonesia Construction Bolt-on Body Basswood Neck Maple, ''C'' Shape Neck Width 1F : 43mm / 22F : 56mm Neck Thickness 1F : 21mm / 12F : 23mm Fingerboard Rosewood, 9.5'' Radius(240mm) Fret 22 / Medium (2.4mm) Inlay White Dot Tuner Die cast Scale 25 1/2'' (648mm) Nut Graphite Bridge Full Action II Pickup EG5B/EG5B/EG4B (S-S-H ) Control 1vol, 1tone, 5way s/w Pickup Switching 5-Position Position1 : Neck Position2 : Neck & Middle Position3 : Middle Position4 : Middle & Front Coil of Bridge Position5 : Bridge Hardware CR (Chrome) Unique Feature 5-Position Position1 : Neck Position2 : Neck & Middle Position3 : Middle Position4 : Middle & Front Coil of Bridge Position5 : Bridge String D'addario EXL120(042-009) Color BK (Black), Mine brought a gigbag and a cable really lame but a really cool strap