Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 7
Seeing as this is a seven string most people will think that it's only for metal, but most people are close minded. This guitar can play a handfull of different guitar styles like rock, blues, hard rock, jazz, and many others. The 3-way switch offers many different sounds from bright to a more mid range sound. You can easly go from a clean full sound with the neck pickup and with the kick of your od/dist. go into a searing lead that will snap your neck without hesitation.
Overall Impression — 8
This guitar has impresed me well. For being a cheap used guitar it isnt that bad. I mainly picked it up to see how I would like a 7 string and I haven't sold it yet so that must tell you something. It does suit the stereotypical metal nonsence but it can do much more than most people think.
Reliability & Durability — 8
Besides the Floyd Rose problem (ageing fault) this guitar plays well. After blocking ther trem I have no problems using it. I also realy like the grover tuners that are on this beast. This guitar has never realy let me down once I got it set up and blocked the trem, so I can realy depend on this as one of my main guitars. The finish has suprizeingly held up well, there are only a few scratches on the finish from my own doing when scaloping the fretboard, I do plan to change the finish of the guitar though. The grayish color just dosent do it for me.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
Seeing as this guitar was used I set it up myself 'cause I did not like how the prev. owner had it set up, I set it up to my likeing. I wish I was able to adjust the pickups but your not able to seeing as they are directly mounted to the body, they were a little too high for my likeing, hopefully I'll be able to change this problem when I get new pickups for it. I did have problems with the licensed Floyd Rose but that is to be expected with a guitar that is nearly 10 years old. The knife edges on the trem were worn down. The lower horn is a little tight fitting to my hands but I also have larger hands so this might not be a problem for most people. Besides that there isnt realy anything I don't like about the guitar.
Features — 7
Things are nice and simple here: master tone and volume, a 3-way lever switch and through-body stringing. The latter is one of the oldest methods of retaining string stability, check out that Fender Tele some time, but here it allows the strings themselves to have a tighter tension as there's more actual wire present.