Sound — 9
I play just about every style of music except for pop. This guitar does it all. I run it through a Boss GT-10 pedal board and a peavy bass amp. Its built for metal but if you run it through with nothing but an equalizer and a little verb the clean is near heavenly. The 7th string allows not only for a little more bass without drop tuning but also allows for more chord inversions and voicings which is essential for all styles of music. By itself if and an amp, (with no effects) the note clarity is amazing. The tone range is not a wide as other guitars but its enough to where you can here it.
Overall Impression — 9
This guitar fits every style of music. I've been playing for 3 years and I own an array of guitars and this by far is my favorite one to play. I do have to give credit to the GT-10 though. It can make a bad guitar sound good and a good guitar, like this one, sound amazing. I would buy this guitar a 100 times over and over again if I ever broke or for some reason lost it. I beleive there is no better electric guitar under $750.
Reliability & Durability — 7
I play live on a local radio station, with a live audience of about 50-70, in a church band every week for about the past year. The electronics have stayed solid and I've never even had a problem with the output jack coming loose. I have never dropped it so I can't say anything about how well it will hold up. The strap buttons I replaced with strap locks (only out of prefferance) and then less than a month later, the bottem one fell out. Wood filler quickly fixxed the problem. Other than that I have never had a problem with it. I would go to a gig without a back up no problem. If you take care of this guitar it will take even better care of you.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The intonation was the only problem I had when I first got this guitar. That is easily fixxed and if you don't know how to work a Tune-o-matic Bridge guitar center can do it for you for $20. The action on the guitar is unbeleivable, with no fret buzz on any of the frets, on any of the strings when you play it. My favorite thing about this guitar is how light it is. I would say its 3-4 pounds at the most. It does take some getting use to the 7th string but once you do, its well worth it. The guitar is not one of the coolest looking guitars but I care more about how it plays than how it looks. Looks can be changed by any good artist.
Features — 7
Solid, sculpted wood body Thin Bolt-on maple neck 24 frets Rosewood fretboard two Dual Dean open-coil humbuckers String-thru body Die cast tuners Tune-o-matic-style bridge one volume and one tone knob three-way selector switch 4 + 3 non-locking tuners