Purchased from: Musician's Friend
Sound — 9
I normally play classic rock and metal, and this thing does great for both. I was very impressed with the sound of this because it is a budget model. I use this with a 30 watt Fender amp, a Danelectro overdrive pedal, and an original crybaby wah. When I turn everything on, this thing is noisy as hell, but I normally play at high volumes with loads of gain and treble so I kinda expect it. THe neck pickup produces a very rich and creamy tone and the bridge pickup is fantastic for acdc, Black Sabbath, and led zeppelin solos. Plus, the bridge pickup produces some very extreme pinch harmonics with ease.
Overall Impression — 8
Overall this a great beginners guitar or second guitar. I have been playing for five years and this thing has held up nicely. If it were stolen I spend a little more money on a G-400 with three pickups. I love the sound of this guitar, but I hate the neck that doesn't allow easy fret access like most SG guitars will allow. My Favorite feature is the look of the guitar, it's visually stunning for a cheap guitar. If anything, I wish this guitar had a set neck for easier fret reach and for longer sustain.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar is very dependable. At the beginning of the year I put in some Dunlop straplocks and they have been holding up. I would feel safe bringing this guitar to a gig without a backup and I have before. Over a year the paint has only chipped off in one little spot that's hardly noticeable.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The action was reasonable when I got it, but I adjusted it so that it was almost touching the neck and there was very little if none buzzing. The pickups were adjusted correctly and the bridge was routed properly. There weren't that many flaws however, after a couple months of playing, the bridge was rusting slightly and strings were breaking very easily.
Features — 7
Mine is a 2006 model with a "classic" white finish. The tuners and pickups were factory made so I wasn't expecting much. It came in a box with a truss-rod adjuster and a cable. It Has 22 frets like most SG model guitars. However, it has a bolt on neck making it a bitch to reach any fret past the nineteenth fret without repositioning your hand. It has a tune o matic bridge which aloows for pretty easy string changes. There is a three way pickup selector, two tone and two volume knobs. Over the course of a year, my guitar sometimes produces a very weak sound when I Switch to the neck pickup, which sucks because I use the neck for most of my solos.