Price paid: A$ 12000
Purchased from: Royce Music House
Sound — 9
My music style generally jumps from a Jazz Rock sound to a rather Heavy Metal style, and this guitar keeps up without tinkering, unlike any of my others. Kept with it's stock pickups, I only ever receive feedback when I really crank up my amp. The splitable coils provide a lot of versatility when in clean, but when you go to a high gain distortion, you need the bridge pickup to really pull the balls into line.
Overall Impression — 10
Playing this guitar for Metal, Jazz, Blues, Rock, or anything, it never misses a beat. I often look at my collection, an Explorer, a V, a Rhoads, Les Paul, a PRS, and a few others, and wonder why I bought them when I have such a magnificent instrument like this Hardtail. I can't think of anything I'd rather own...maybe a 7-string version, but that might change it's playability...nah, I'll stick with this one. If you ever see one of these in a store, pick it up and play it, you'll be impressed.
Reliability & Durability — 9
If I play this thing for 30 years, on stage, with heavy duty lighting, it might begin to waver, but I would expect that from any guitar. For $1200, you won't find a more sturdy guitar.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
When I first picked it up, I was a little concerned about the top horn, as I was used to playing things like my Rhoads and my Explorer. Needless to say, that concern went away as soon as I touched it. Everything was set up just the way I like it, and I've not modified a single thing since then.
Features — 10
Not sure what year it was made, but this Korean guitar kicks similarly priced guitars in the balls and makes them beg for mercy. Loaded with 22 Frets, a beautiful red finish, split coil pickups, and probably the most comfortable neck in the world, I have never been more impressed by the sound, look or feel of another guitar. This version is the HardTail Select Trem, with non-locking tuning.