Price paid: € 190
Purchased from: Music Shop
Sound — 9
This guitar sounds good, actually really great for the price. I modified mine a lot: changed pickups, put a kill switch, a tap-coil to split the bridge humbucker, scalloped the neck at higher frets. All good things, but it didn't improved the sound by that much. The default pickups were just good enough. The guitar is versatile. Clean sounds are really good. The bridge humbucker is also fine sounding. The inside is actually shielded with metal foil (which is a good thing). The single coils are noisy, which is normal. Excellent sound for the price range.
Overall Impression — 8
For the price, it is a very good build and good sounding guitar. I've been playing this one for seven years now (less in the last years). It doesn't bring out all those tone nuances of an expensive instrument, but sounds good enough for a beginner or for practicing. I got it on the recommendation of the guy at the shop and never regretted. If I was on a budget, I would want this guitar again (I hope the newer edition is just as good). Didn't see any better guitar in this price range.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar withstands live playing without problems. I have the guitar for 7 years now and no major problem with the hardware. The floating (Wilkinson 2-point) bridge is fixed now (lean to the body) because this one got bad very quickly. No problems as fixed bridge. The frets are half the way down (normal by this time), but the guitar is still playable (with of course a lot less sustain).
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Everything was set up properly. There were no flaws. The action was good, not too low which is good for sustain, the pickup adjustment was right. The black finish was well done and the guitar is really shiny. The 3-layer pickguard looks good. The wood quality was very good (I had a hard time scalloping that neck). The control knobs are smooth-running (very little resistance when turning), which is helpful to achieve crescendo effects while playing.
Features — 7
Made in Indonesia, don't know the year (purchased around 2003). Basswood solid body, Die cast tuners, Powersound (passive) pickups S-S-H, 5-way switch, 1 volume and 1 tone controls, 22 medium frets, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, 648mm scale, 3-ply pickguard, Wilkinson 2-point double action tremolo, black finish. For your information: I looked at the web-site (2011) and the guitar at the moment looks a bit different (from my 2003 model) and has another bridge: you may want to take that in consideration. The tuners stay in tune. Not the best but they are fine. The nut is plastic and the strings (just one for me) were not moving flawlessly sometimes. A workaround is changing the nut for a better one or just putting some graphite powder (scratched from a pencil) when changing strings. The bridge works fine at the beginning but wears off really quick, so you may not want to use the floating tremolo feature. I fixed mine by leaning it to the body with extra springs and am not touching the tremolo arm again.