Price paid: $ 137.25
Sound — 8
Well, Encore isn't exactly a Fender, but it ain't exactly something that is deserved to be put in a trash can. The moment you hear the sound from the amp, you realise that this ain't a piece of junk. Sure, the Fender sound is lacking, but who the hell cares? It's an Encore. You just gotta be satisfied with it. End of story.
Overall Impression — 6
It's an Encore but a reasonable one. It doesn't amaze you, but the little thing does surprise you. It is not a brilliant guitar, but a good one. If you're a beginner, this guitar is for you, but honestly, there are better choices out there. In the end, it's up to you.
Reliability & Durability — 6
It's quite durable. Just the unavoidable rust here and there, nothing serious. But I wouldn't really use it in a gig. That 'live' feeling simply isn't there. It's one of those guitars that is made to just mess about with when you're bored. Honestly, avoid using this in a gig unless all you're other guitars are useless.
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
Another half-impressive thing about this is the finish. The paint on the body is thick. Very thick. And the polish on this is ridiculous. It's so thick that you can fully see your face on it. The huge flaw on this guitar is the frets. The frets are so high up that it annoys you like mad. Just touching the strings and playing would do. Thankfully, that is the only major flaw. Encore, by a margin, proves it self that it ain't a cheapo-reapo.
Features — 6
3 single coil pickups, 2 tone knobs and 1 volume knob, and a 5-way selector Switch. Let's just think of it as a Strat.