Price paid: $ 239.99
Purchased from: AltoMusic
Sound — 8
I'm only rating this eight because the stock pickups aren't superb. The sound is great though and believe me, it plays ANYTHING. The pickups handle everything well, but upgrade them when you can. I use a Vox AmPlug Lead and it sounds really good! I don't feel I need effects because the only effects I like, I make. The variety of sounds you can get from this beast are too long to list, and with pedals/effects forget it. The guitar is nice and quiet, no annoying hum or anything. I would COMPLETELY recommend this guitar to anyone who plays mid-high gain stuff, it redefines that area. This guitar also plays smooth stuff excellently, very warm clean tones!
Overall Impression — 10
I like mid-high gain stuff and when it comes to soloing, words don't come. I'm glad I chose this guitar as my first and I'm gonna use it forever. If it were stolen I would track it down, period. I've got to say I love it for everything, especially it's sound. The whole enchilada is a big 10/10 as soon as the pickups are upgraded!. I only wish it had come to me sooner.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar can and WILL last forever, it'll only get better with age. You may want to get new tone knobs though, in a couple years. The hardware will totally last if you don't want to upgrade. You can depend on this guitar, no backup needed. This guitar is a fraction of what it's worth, with the pickups upgraded this will stand right next to a $3000 or more SG.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar was set up excellently except for a twanging buzz on the thin E string 1st fret. I'm getting that fixed though, nothing expensive or difficult. The guitar came with standard 9 gauge strings, not bad at all. I only rated this 9 because the buzz. Immediate 10 otherwise.
Features — 10
This guitar was made in Indonesia, it has a mahogany bolt-on neck and body. The scale(height) is 24.75". The fingerboard is rosewood and has 22 frets, it plays really nice. The neck radius is 12 inches (GREAT reach). The look of the classic cutaway body gets a 10 on its own! This guitar has a Locktone Tuno-o-matic bridge which means great sustain and tone. It's got passive humbuckers, a 650R bridge and 700T Neck and a 3 way pickup selector. There is a tone and a volume control knob for each pickup, plastic but good quality. It came with a cable and it's pretty nice (good length). Also, the guitar just looks incredible.