Price paid: £ 100
Purchased from: Ebay
Sound — 6
I play all styles and this guitar I use for my rock and heavier playing the guitar is easily good at these styles. It can just about pull off a clean blues sound but jazz it just sounds weak. Thin sound-chords are sometimes a little bit hit a miss. Having said that it produces a nice sound when tone is rolled off and played with distortion. The amp I use is a Laney HCM-65R.
Overall Impression — 7
Overall impression is that this was a good choice as a second eletric guitar has I feel that for a hundred pounds that I have had good value for money and that the guitar has served me well. I bought this at a time when I was playing a lot of metal and it was a good match. If it had got stolen I would of bought another one if it had been roughly the same price. Would recommend this guitar to anyone Who wanted an guitar for an imtermidate player.
Reliability & Durability — 7
This guitar has withstood Live playing for about 4 years now, with back up, but now I have decided that I do need to upgrade it. Most of the hardware is still sturdy with exception of trem arm and coil tap. Strap buttons did give me a problem but after screwing them in a few times they have holded nicely and I have not had a problem since. The finish is still has good as the day I bought it, no noticeable scratches on it at all.
Action, Fit & Finish — 5
As I received this second handed I can't comment on factory settings. However, after giving it a proper set up I noticed some problems. One was that one of the screws connecting the input jack to the body was completely the wrong size, the pickup selector Switch fell off after I received it, the tremb arm was loose in socket and the tone knob was wobbly especially when out in 'tapped' position.
Features — 8
My guitar was made in Indonesia in April 2002. It has 24 frets on a thin maple neck with a basswood body in super Strat style. The body is a solid top with a metallic grey finish. The bridge is licensed Floyd Rose. Passive unbranded pickups with one volume one tone (coil tapped) and a 5 way switch. Pickup set up is humbucker, single coil and humbucker.