Sound — 9
I play some grunge, but mainly stoner rock and death metal (eg. Fu Manchu, Acid Bath). I have a $50 Kustom amp, and for the most part use full overdrive, voice, and volume, and it's noisy, even when palm-muted. Mainly I use the low-tone favouring pick ups; I'm not sure if it's back or front, It has a nice crunch, but playing clean amp chords is too noisy and foggy, I like the tone, though. It does what I need it for.
Overall Impression — 10
When I first saw this thing, it really caught my eye. If this thing were stolen, I'd probably buy an X-11, as it's the next step up in quality. I'm only a novice player, playing for about a year and a half now. It's the thrid guitar I've had in my hands for a while. the other was a First Act ME506 which I got in horrifying condition for $0, and a hnad-me-down Castilla acoustic, which is fairly good. I only wish that this thing had more pickup options, because there's not much difference between the three settings. I think I'll keep this around for my first serious recording, which could be three years from now. I will never stop loving this thing though.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar seems like it will take a trashing, and it has very sturdy strap buttons. I would gladly play this guitar without a backup, because this guitar won't f--k around with you. This thing will bend to your will and hold the load of playing Reign in Blood 500 times over and over.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The black finish on this guitar shines like a mirror, and it was set up very well from where I bought it. If you run overdrive, the pickup selector makes an echo-y high pitched clunk, but not any matter, really. The fret-wire was very nice and smooth, and all the electronics perfect.
Features — 8
My X-2 was made in Indonesia and has a high gloss black finish. It has two double-coil humbuckers, and a floating, string-through body, tremolo bridge. It's got 24 frets, a tone and volume knob, and three pickup options on the same Switch. It's a fair-weighted guitar, well balanced, too. It's "Strat" style, but has some serious champhering everywhere but the base. I got a gig-bag, stand, and a U.K. pattern strap separate, at an expense ~$50 and a shitload of picks.