Sound — 8
The Vendetta is made for metal. The pickups it comes with are god awful. I'm going to replace them with Seymour Duncans, but the range of style is pretty wide none the less. The bridge pickup (one I use the most), gives me a nice heavy and tick sound when distorted. Then I Switch to the clean channel and to the neck pickup and I get a warm acoustic feel. I use a DS-1 distortion pedal. I replaced the strings with Ernie Ball Slinky Top and Heavy Bottom strings (tuned to Drop C). I'm running it through a Crate GDT15R. The sounds are killer.
Overall Impression — 8
Again, I play metal (death, thrash). I am a bass player first, but I needed a guitar because no one around me can and I like to write my own music. I needed a guitar that can fill that spot. If it were lost or stolen, I'd have to get it back. I do love it. It fills my needs as a metal guitarist and that's all I can ask for.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar, as I've said, is a great backup guitar. So if you use it as a primary axe, you'll need a back up. But this is in case of breaking strings. it's very light and the harware is questionable, but it's last long enough for me to assume that they will last longer. I use a locking strap. The guitar has a solid black finish and won't lave any fingerprints, looks like it will last.
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
The actions is great. The pickups are adjusted well, but as I've said, they aren't the best (not more then you can ask for, for the price). Everything seems fine on it. The volume knob did cut my sound though. Here is where you will see the one biggest flaw of this guitar. Using the volume knob excessively cut the wires leading to it and I had to take it in to get that fixed and re-tuned. Also when it arrived, there was a chip on it's headstock. Pissed me off a little.
Features — 9
This is a great starter guitar, hell it can even be used as a back up on stage. it's got a rosewood fretboard (24 frets) with a tune-o-matic bridge. Bolt on neck. it's got a paulownia body making it extremely light. 1 master volume 1 tone knob (2 total). All that topped off with open-coil humbuckers. The guitar came with an instrument cable. I got it in black.