Price paid: $ 304
Purchased from: Good Vibrations NZ
Sound — 4
I play mainly chilis and in a contemporary band, this guitar sounds ok as a guitar for chilis but is horrible for a contemporary style guitar, as a metal guitar, this thing would be sweet. The pickups are very loud and theyhave given me feedback on low settings several times, but that is more likeley an acoustics problem of the place I play rather then the guitar itself. I plug this guitat into a relatively powerful cutsom made amp and a cheap practice amp, it definatley suits being up loud. Sadly this thing sounds a bit nasty on cheaper overdrives.
Overall Impression — 5
Compared to what I play this guitar doesn't match well at all, and really is built for metal. I've been playing for 5 years and own 2 acoustic guitars (one electric, one regular) and one elctric, I have a cheap practice amp but play with a much bigger amp when I play properly. If this was stolen I would feel sorry for whoever had to tune this and would probably save up and buy something more stratty as the middle pickup gave me a taste of the Strat sound. I love the range of this guitar, but the floyd rose kills the playablility of this guitar. It is also fairly heavy, so I found lugging it around a pain. Overall this guitar would only be good for playing around with the whammy bar in the studio, and it's rango of sounds mean you can have some fun with the system, although you may find yourself retuning every few minutes with this system.
Reliability & Durability — 5
I have played this live(ish) once and it went out of tune very fast, for this reason it isn't suited to live playing, unless you have several lined up in tune, which nobody does. The hardware will last a long time, although the input was a tad loose. The strap buttons weren't los and never dropped this heave guitar. I would never depend on this guitar or as a backup live as it is too hard to tune and won't hol it properly. I had this guitar in red mettalic and the finish look like it could last some serious abuse, even biting this thing would have little impact.
Action, Fit & Finish — 5
The action on this guitar is quite low, and scince the floyd rose will nail most light strings, the heavy guage strings you end up putting on this result in a fair bit of buzz on several strings. The pickups are quite nice, although almost too loud, as I bought this second hand, although only a few months old, it had been set up well. The main problem with this guitar is it's cheap floyd rose system, which broke 3 stinrgs in the first month I had it, because of this, I would not reccomend this guitar to anyone Who wants a reliable guitar and not a studio one.
Features — 8
This guitar is a 24 fret beast with a low level floyd rose system on it. It can produce a very wide range of sounds but it shines mainly as a metal guitar. The pickups on this thing are ridiculosly loud and can have some feedback issues. It's best feature is the 2 splitable humbuckers, which give you alot to play with.