Price paid: $ 150
Purchased from: Flea Market
Features — 5
The Douglas Halo is sold by a few people on the web. It is mostly sold by Kurt at Rondo Music. It is bass wood body. Maple neck. Bolt on neck. 2 octave 24 jumbo (2.6) frets. Rosewood fret board with 12 inch radius. Neck profile 21.5 mm ant the nut. and at the 12 fret 23mm. length 47. Body to tip 28. Width 18 body thickness 9/16. Ceramic Humbuckers. 2 volume knobs and 1 control knob. Stop bar tailpiece. bridge studs 3 mm apart. Die cast machine head. 8 pounds. Made in Korea. Head stock almost like a PRS. Angled head stock.
Sound — 4
Sounds great at any style of music. But it fails hat playing hard acid rock. The ceramic pickups are not made for that it. They get very muddy. I have played a Johnson JT-50 Mirage with it. The halo needs new strings. So if you want to play rock with it. You can for get that. I had it for almost a year. You can play anything else though. And it sounds fine with other types of music than hard rock. And that is a shame. Because it looks cool. The pickups are hot. Really hot. That is what I was told. I can tell they sound not all that great when played on hard rock.
Action, Fit & Finish — 4
It is really nice looking. The shape is a killer shape. The rosewood finger board is one of the nicest finger boards I have owned. The neck sucks. It is hard to get used to. It is like a ball bat. The jumbo frets are really nice. The neck is really dry when you first buy it. It is a bolt on. So no problems there. But you can not get to the last few bottoms frets. The design of the neck at the pocket sucks. It needs a new but out of the box. The nut is cheap plastic. And it is the worst thing on the guitar. The selector switch needs replaced. It is just standard. And get the job done but needs replaced. Bass wood is fine no problems there. The machine heads may be replaced latter, they are fine for now.
Reliability & Durability — 4
It stand up very well. The strap buttons are in the right place. So it is fine using a strap. The hat knobs are fine. I might replace them with gold hardware. The stop tail piece is fine. I will replace with gold hardware as soon as I get the money. You could gig with it. But hard rock no. That is a shame to. Most want to play rock with it. But after a pickup change it should be fine. I will not replace mine. Just put gold plat humbucker covers on the Halo. It will hold up and look killer for a gig. But do not expect Gibson, or other explorer shaped guitar quality. Quality is fair. But the body has killer quality. The electronics not so much. But with a upgrade it should be fine. If you play at the last 5 frets you will be disappointed. You can not reach them. I play a Yamaha Pacifica. It is a Stratocaster style. And has the same problem. And it is a much better guitar.
Overall Impression — 3
I played it and it sounded fine. But for rock it will never get the job done. It is a cheap Explorer style. 150 dollars for it. It has a great body and is a great guitar for modding. You might like it. You might not. I would suggest you look elsewhere for a Explorer shape guitar. Unless you like to modify your guitar and want something different. Guitar Center and other places on the web offer much better choices. You can buy a great no name guitar that look better and plays better out of the box. With much better electronics.