Price paid: € 240
Purchased from: Pegasus
Features — 8
It was made in Korea on the 14th of May 2009. It has 24 jumbo frets on a 25, 5 scale maple neck with a rosewood fretboard. It has a high gloss finish with a assasinator graphic all over the top of the body and on the headstock. The body is made out of basswood which makes this guitar cheap but it still sounds fairly decent and isn't to heavy. The neck is bolt on but it does allow good access to the lower frets because of massive cut-outs. It has a licenced Floyd Rose bridge which is not too bad for a licenced version however after 4 years of owning it and heavy tremolo use the teeth have worn away a bit. It has a coil tap so the humbuckers can be split into single coils and the pickups are all passive and fairly decent at low gain but can get muddy at high gain. It has standard tuners with a retainer and locking nut at the top.
Sound — 7
On clean settings with a the coil tap on I believe this guitar truly outperforms many higher class guitars. However I mainly play various types of metal from classic to black metal and I would say that the guitar cannot handle the sound too well... It gets a bit muddy at high gain while soloing but the riffs are audible and have a aggressive sound to them. I am now using the guitar to play acoustic which i believe it handles better than the metal tunes. I have played it through a Marshall MG75, a Line 6 Spider 3 and a custom Vox set up. The amp does make a big difference on the sound as i noticed the line 6 made it sound muffled but the Marshall made it have more clarity.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The guitar came with a high gloss finish with no noticeable flaws apart from the locking nut where the bolts that had been used were not thick enough and kept coming loose because when they were tightened they would just ruin the wood. I fixed this by putting epoxy clay in the holes and screwing it in again and only had to tighten it one since then. Also the coil tap button feels a bit flimsy but haven't had any problems with it in the 4 years i have been using it. The frets are set up very well will only a tiny bit of fret buzz on the top E string on the 1 til 4 fret.
Reliability & Durability — 9
So far nothing has went wrong with it and it has been used in a gig with no problems at all. The only bit of hardware i am cautious about is the Floyd Rose but it is still holding up however the arm of the tremolo comes loose very often and you need to tighten it with your hand all the time which gets pretty annoying after a while. The cable hatch is made out of metal and looks durable and so are the strap clips haven't had any problem with them so far. The wood although it is cheap it isn't as bad as you think as it is high quality crap wood so it is fairly decent for the price.
Overall Impression — 8
Generally for the music I play it is fitting but don't expect too much. The fretboard is very nice and comfortable to play with and the neck is considerably slimmer than my Fender Strat so bear that in mind that it might not suit somebody used to wider necks. The build quality has been ok if you exclude the locking nut problem. Overall I think it is totally a good value for money guitar and would recommend it to people who are thinking of buying their first or second guitar who maybe dont play to a high level yet and aren't sure if they can see themselves sticking to it in the future. I still enjoy to play it till this day and hope you all do to.