Price paid: £ 100
Purchased from: second hand
Sound — 8
I play blues and classic rock with the odd heavy distorted sound thrown in (usually when messing about) and it suits it fine. amp = (regrettably) Marshall MG15DFX with Behringer OD100 and FX600 pedals and Dunlop orig. Crybaby. Neck pickup is good, on half tone it gives me my desired sound, bridge pickup is bright and also has a nice tone even when the knob is turned fully on. It's a very versatile sound imo.
Overall Impression — 9
I love it. Plays what I want, when I want. I've been playing for about 5-6 years now and own 3 other guitars this is probably my new main guitar taking over from my ibanez. Before I bought it I'd have liked to have known what strings were on it as when I took it to get set up the guy in the tech shop said it was a mish mash of .9's, .10's and .12's on it so clearly it was strange... If it were stolen or lost I'd be pissed and go buy another one. I love the colour and finish and feel of the neck, I don't think there's anything I'd change about it. And I compared this one with a Jackson (can't remember the model but it was about 240) and I much preferred this gutiar. Nothing more I could ask for from it.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I think this guitar Will withstand live playing. Hardware seems good, strap buttons haven't failed me yet. And I'd gig with it but bring a back-up but leave it in the van as I feel confident with this guitar, but strings can break so I'd want a backup within minutes of me.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The action on it was a little bad, had some fret buzz on the G and D strings around the 9th fret, pickups weren't too bad to be honest but took it for a set-up (30) and it's perfect now, action is next to nothing and no fret buzz or any flaws what'soever. Before set-up I'd say 7, but after I had it set up I'd say 10.
Features — 9
It appears to be made in 05 in China. 24 frets with rosewood fretboard. The neck is relatively thin, not as thin as my Ibanez but thinner than my Fender strat. Not sure about wood used though. Strat style shape to the body. Tune-o-matic bridge with string thru body. Passive pickups which are stock. H-H setup on the pickups, non-locking grover tuners and when purchased had a strap already attatched (brand=guvnor) and a peach/orange nothing-special cable was thrown in too.