Price paid: $ 189
Purchased from: Used
Sound — 10
This guitar amazed me with its sound. For $150, I did not expect too great of a guitar. This guitar proved me wrong. The song can be bubbly and/or cutting w/o distortion, or it can be very grungy and driving w/ distortion. With only the bridge pickup, you can get very nice classic rock sounds. Also, jazz tones can be brought out of the guitar with the clean tones. However, the built-in distortion isn't really that great - it's supposed to replicate 60's style distortion. Quite obviously, distortion sucked in teh 60's. Fortunately, the build-in distortion does not seem to have figured heavily (if at all) into the price of the guitar, so you can use it if you like, but if not, just don't.
Overall Impression — 8
I play predominatly a lot of pop-punk, yes, I know, "easy stuff" and whatnot, but hey, it's catchy, and I like it. It matches, but then again, just about any guitar could probably do it. I've been playing for about 1/2 year and I own a Peavey Rage 158 amp. I love this guitar, and if it were stolen/lost, I would try to get another one. I compared this guitar to a Peavey Raptor and a couple other guitars within the $100-200 price range. I don't really like how there isn't a humbucker, but I'm buying a Seymour Duncan Hotrails for the bridge. The loose tuning peg also is quite bothersome, but buying a new one would also solve that.
Features — 8
This guitar should withstand live playing, although I have yet to try. The hardware seems good enough though. There is one chip in the finish that got there when I dropped the guitar on the cement, but it doesn't effect tone. The thing is, there was only a small chip, not more, so I'm pretty impressed. The strap buttons are securely on the guitar. I'm the type of person that checks, double checks, and triple checks everything, but if I had to, I would use it in a gig w/o a backup. Well, I would bring a backup 9-volt battery if I were still using the built-in distortion.