Sound — 9
I play Metal and nothing else, no funk or blues or country stuff, just straight up chunky riffing and this guitar suits it absolutely perfectly. I use it through a DigiTech GNX4 into a Line 6 Spider II, but I'm gonna get a Randall head and cab soon, and it absolutely rocks, you couldnt ask for a more perfectly rounded sound. I wouldn't call it warm, but I wouldn't say it was bright either, its in some sort of parrallel dimension between the two where perfect sound exists. The SH1 is great for solos and speed picking a la Michael Angelo, but I was expecting more crunch form the Dimebucker, it doesn't sound all that different to the Wilkinson cheapos I have in my old guitar. Nonetheless, it gives a big enough chugg anyway so its not too much of a biggie. Without a noisegate this is an incredibly buzzy guitar, mostly due to the high gain on the pickups, but again it doesn't put you off that much. One thing I love about this guitar is the ability to create pinch harmonics so easily, you can do it accidentally sometimes but pinchers sound great so who cares? If I needed to look and sound like a guitar god onstage, I would reach for this guitar no question, it just blitzes the opposition in terms of tone and playability (even Ibanez and Parker).
Overall Impression — 10
Overall, I would say that this is pretty much the perfect guitar for anyone wanting to become a rock god. I've only been playing for 2.5 years but hats long enough for me to know what's good and whats not, and this is good indeed. I compared it with a few ESPs and Jacksons but the only guitars I can find which are better to play and sound better are the USA versions of the same guitar, which cost about 3000 each. I could talk about how good it is for weeks. If it ever gt stolen, I would hunt the bastards down-The Crow style, before buying it again. I only wish it was a bit smaller, as it its a bitch to handle in enclosed spaces.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I have yet to use this guitar at a proper gig, bt I've used it in front of small crowds and its sounding even better than it used to. I have no doubt that it would withstand a proper gig, the finish is as solid as a rock, the floyd rose seems like it will never go out of tune and the electronics seem better quality than the stuff you get in PCs. No matter who sees it, they will just get blown away by the sheer look of the thing, wondering how it can possibly be that sharp (I've already cut myself on it). I would never go to a gig without a backup but my old Wraith would almost always be stuck in its box for the entire night if I took this.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
When I got the guitar it was strung with D'Addario strings, which cost nearly twice as much as my normal Rotosound Oranges. They'd even strung them and wound them so that all the tuning pegs were perpendicular to the headstock instead of just randomly turned. The action was high but that doesn't bother me as I prefer to bend the strings more than most people do. The pickups were at exactly the right level, just a few mm above the surround. The Dimebucker even has a custom surround so that you can fit any other pickup in it. There is nothing I can say except that this gutar came packaged as perfect, absolutely nothing was rushed or shoddily done.
Features — 10
This is a brand new model so guessing it was made early 2006. It's the third Razorback in history to touch British soil, so it's pretty rare. It's a full mahogany body with a set mahogany neck and fingerboard with 22 frets and Grover tuners. The neck has a triangular cross-section so it's easier to get all your fingers round it whilst keeping a relaxed position. It came with a black finish with silver bevelling round the edges (kinda like the stealth), but it also comes in green bumblebee, bone shards and a cool explosion finish. This isn't an USA model so you can't get the rusted metal or dixie flag finishes. The body is basically an ML, only the points have been extended then sawn down to sharp points, and I mean really sharp points. It also has two volume dials with a master tone control, which I don't think anyone ever uses on any guitar, with Dimebag style traction holes on the volume dials. The pickups it comes with are a Seymour Duncan SH1 in the neck and a Dimebucker in the bridge along with a liscensed floyd rose, though I'm thinking of adding EMGs to the mix instead. although I didn't ask for one it came with a case anyway, probably because Dean refuses to ship them without protection.