Purchased from: Friend
Sound — 9
The guitar sounds really amazing through my gear for metal, which is my main style of playing. I am using a Peavey XXX Super 40 with the guitar, and a Dunlop Original Crybaby and a Boss NS-2 Noise Gate in front of it. The guitar is extremely noisy with this amp without the Gate in front of it, so I would check out getting one if you are thinking about this guitar. A lot of people say that the Dimebucker sucks and its not any good, but it is actually very good for Metal, and even getting a just-broken-up distorted sound on the clean channel. Its not going to be great for cleans but its made to be distorted and give out the most attack it can, which it does great. The neck pickup is awesome for cleans on my Peavey, and it also sounds really good for a liquidy solo tone, which I like for sweep picking. I would mainly use the bridge pickup for Metal, Hard Rock, or other kinds of music that require high-gain, and the neck pickup for anything else. The guitar plays great with low action, a fast neck, and a great tremolo system. A lot of people don't like the LFR's but it is really good actually. The tuning stability is great, and it hasn't given out on me at all.
Overall Impression — 10
I play a lot of metal like Pantera (obviously), Metallica, Trivium, and other bands like that. I also play a bit of classic rock like Zeppelin and clean songs. This guitar is good for metal mainly, but the neck pickup can do cleans quite well. Also, if you add a hint of gain to the clean channel and use the Dimebucker, it has a nice crunch sound. I've been playing for around 3 years now, and my other guitars are a Schecter Gryphon, and a Fender Splatter Strat. I like the feel and sound of this guitar over the other two, although they sound awesome through my Peavey as well. I was lucky to get this from my pothead friend for such a low price, so if something happened to it, I would probably not get another one because I wouldn't be able to afford it. I really like the Dimebucker, and the Floyd because together you can do really good Dime-harmonics that I find hard on other guitars. The thing that I dont like about it would be the fact that the LFR is kind of hard to set up or tune, but that is mainly my fault for not looking up how to do it properly. I didnt really compare it to other products before I bought it because everything new in the $350 range isn't really worth as much as this, and doesnt play as well in my opinion. I am happy with all of the features on this guitar and wouldnt change one thing about it.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar is built to last. I have dropped it a few times, and there are no chips except for on the tips of the headstock, where I hit my ceiling fan with it (which was my fault for being stupid in the first place, haha.) I abuse the LFR daily, and it always comes back in perfect tune and it works amazing. I replaced the strap buttons with straplocks for added security, but the stock ones weren't too bad really. I would gig without a backup if it was unavoidable, but I would rather have my Schecter as a backup in case a string breaks because that will mess up the whole tuning of the guitar, which wouldnt be a good thing mid-song.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
When I got the guitar, it was used and it was in desperate need of a setup. The action was very high, the innotation was off and the bridge was pulling out of the body. I got it professionally set up for about $30 and it sounds and feels great now. I have it set up with a hybrid .09-.46 strings, and it is really easy to play because the action is so good on the guitar. It was in perfect cosmetic condition from the factory. Everything was properly routed and there are no blemishes on the guitar. There is one problem with a fret that needs to be filed. The third fretwire on the high E string sticks out just enough for the string to get stuck under if I put it there, but thats not too big of a problem because it can't go under there mid-song, so its just a matter of filing it down a little. Also, if I touch the pickup selector ring and nothing else, I will get a buzz that sounds like a grounding problem, but when I touch the Floyd Rose, the bar, or the strings it goes away.
Features — 10
This guitar was made in Korea in 2006 I believe. It has 22 frets, and a Les Paul scale. It has quite a thin neck, and it plays very easily. The Body and neck are mahogany, and it has a rosewood fretboard and a flamed maple top. It comes in a Brazillaburst finish, which is a burst that starts black around the edges, and it turns Orange in the center. This finish fits the guitar really well, and it looks awesome with the flame maple top on it. The body is in the traditional ML style, which is what Dime was famous for playing. It had a Dimebag quad crest on it, but when I bought this from my friend he told me that he took it off. In my opinion it looks a lot better without the sticker. Some other features that this guitar has are a Liscenced Floyd Rose Tremolo system, a Dimebucker bridge pickup, and Grover Tuners. The guitar came with a hard case, which was good because it is hard to find a case big enough to accommodate this guitar.