Purchased from: www.gearhounds.com
Sound — 10
The guitar sounds as evil and badass as everyone says it does, the dimebucker can handle crushing gain tones and killer metal sounds, almost any sound can be achieved with this great guitar if you have a half decent amp. It definetly suits my style, metal. I play songs from the likes of Iron Maiden, Trivium, Metallica and Slayer and it scares me just how close I can get to sounding like them. I play it through a Line 6 Spider 3 75 watt amp and I get killer tones everytime. I don't get any feedback at all, even at high volumes unless I'm stood holding the pickups on the amps speaker. I was suprised at the clean sounds I get too, seen as the razorback is primarily a metal guitar, the clean channels are warm and bright, and it plays cleanly and clearly. Top marks again.
Overall Impression — 10
Like mentioned before, I play metal (sometimes classic/hard rock too) and this is renowned as the ultimate metal guitar, designed by the god of metal himself, Dimebag Darrel. So the guitar is a perfect match for my style. I have been playing around 2 and a half years now and it is by far the best guitar I have played. It delivers everything from the most evil, dark metal high gain sounds to the warmest, vibrant clean tones. If this guitar was stolen or lost, I would cry a hell of alot, as it looks amazing and plays, sounds and feels like a beauty. I wanted this guitar for about 12 months before I bought it, so I expected a lot, but it gives me everything I want and it was even better than I thought. The only thing I want now to complete my metal setup is a Krank Distortus Maximus pedal then I will be content!
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar is built like a tank, the shape is awesome but a flaw many people find with it is that it has a tendency to bang off things when you least expect it, I myself have done this a few times, some pretty bad bangs, but the guitar doesnt't even appear scratched. the hardware is great, I can't fault that as it seems it will last forever with appropriate care. I would definetly use this at a gig without backup, I trust my razorback completely as it has never once failed on me. the finish will most certainly last as it hasn't even faded yet.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
I was slightly dissapointed at the factory set up at first as the action was slightly too high for my liking and the tremolo was badly off balanced, the guitar was badly out of tune and it took awhile for me to set it up to my satisfaction. I lowered the action and balanced the tremolo without much fuss however, and after doing this the guitar plays perfectly fine. Also I had to tighten the bottom strap lock as it was wobbling about like a madman. Other than that it was very good. The killer explosion finish couldnt be any better, I think there are about 5 slightly different designs on the Explosion Razorback, as some are darker and the fire is less clear and it has a lot of black gaps towards the edge of the guitar. Personally I prefer the finish I got as it is the most bright and firey version with hardly any black outlines. So after the initial setup I had to perform, this guitar plays like a dream.
Features — 10
The features on this guitar are all a metalhead like myself could ask for. The guitar was made in China, which could pose as a deterrent as for it's price you would expect a USA model, but it plays like a true USA guitar as far as I'm concerned, removing all doubt that it wouldn't handle like a proper USA model. Also the licensed Floyd Rose tremolo could pose as a bit of a problem, as one would expect an original for the price, but it performs just as good as the original, it took about 20 minutes to put in tune upon first recieving it but after that I did tons of squeals, divebombs and other whammy bar stunts and it never de-tuned. It has 22 frets on a rosewood fingerboard, the set neck gives it great sustain and the fully bound mahogony body make this a dream guitar for Dimebag fans. It comes with the legendary dimebucker neck pickup which delivers great bite and tone. My number one fault with this guitar is the neck pickup is really bad, it can deliver nice warm sounding tones at times depending on the amp setup, but if you are going to buy this guitar I would highly recommend replacing it with somehting better. It has a 3 way selector Switch and comes with locking grover machineheads. Usually this guitar comes with a case so if your buying it and not getting a case your being ripped off. The case is a Dean hard shell case and is very durable with inside padding and a compartment for other accessories. Overall, I epected a hell of a lot from this dream guitar, and it definetly exeeded these expectations by a long shot.