Purchased from: McCormack's glasgow
Sound — 8
As I mentioned, the pickups are kinda weak, but the mahogany makes up for it. It's not noisy in the slightest, with quite a nice warm tone if you set it right. I'm using a spiderII 15 and a Crate GLX 212, and it's sounds great on some settings, rubbish on others. It was meant for distortiom, but you can get some nice cleans out of it. I am hoping to replace he pickups with some duncans or the actual Gibson pickups, just to increase verstility.
Overall Impression — 9
Been playing 2 years, one year with this and the Spider, and kit has yet to disapoint much. I play from a bit of jazz and blues to metalcore and it works well with them most of the time. Wish it had come with a hard case and better pickups, but for 169 you can't really complain. If it was stolen, I would get it again if I was short on cash, but if I had enough I would probably get a Gibson SG GT as it has the strap locks, the push-pull coil taps and the Gibson pickups. Great guitar for the price though, worth how much I paid and maybe a little more.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This thing is built like a bloody tank, I've hit it off walls, dropped it, accidentally put a thin scratch on it with a screwdiver when sorting the bridge and played the living daylights out it, and it sounds just as nice as when I got it. I'm going to get some proper straplocks as, although the buttons are solid, the positioning makes it easy to slip the strap off. I have played with it at school shows and exams, and it held up well. I don't believe in using any guitar without a backup at a proper gig, but I would for just now as it is the only decent guitar I have. Bit of oxidation on the stopbar, but only noticable right up close.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Finished well, no flaws on it when I got it, everything was how it should be. A couple of the saddles were sharp, but that sorted itself out with a different guage and brand of strings. All the hardware was good, the grovers were a plus. I had to adjust the bridge a little as the action was pretty high, but no major flaws.
Features — 9
Nothing spectacular here, was hand-made in China in 2004. It has Grover tuners, it doesnt't go out of tune easily, Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar, all mahogany body and set neck with a rosewood fretboard. 22 jumbo frets with trapeziod inlays plus jumbo frets. However the alnico V pickups I feel are average, they are good but a bit too weak and muddy sounding. Nothing feels too flimsy, but one of the caps on the tone pots came loose and is wobbly, which needs fixed. Overall I was impressed because of the price.