Price paid: $ 310
Purchased from: Hermes Music
Sound — 9
I play lots of different styles. At my music school I play Jazz, Blues and Funk. With my band I play rock, metal (with all its subgenres), funk, punk, ska, rock/pop and our own songs. And sometimes I jam with friends, we play mainly Indie, BritPop, Post-Punk, Grunge and Alternative stuff. It gets some good tones for blues on clean and with good old distortion. It gets perfect tones for classic metal (think on Zeppelin, Sabbath, etc). It doesn`t carry enough power for death core stuff, but it gets incredibly well with Overdrive, it sounds as if I were Angus Young, especially when using the JCM900, which actually isn`t mine, it is my drummer`s. Funk, Punk and all the other stuff I play aren`t for this guitar. I prefer my Strat or my Epi Dot for that stuff.
Overall Impression — 10
It is a good addition to my collection. I have almost six years since I started playing, and I had a limited amount of money for guitars when I bought it, so, yes, I bought a cheap one. But it is surely a good move, for empty pockets, if you know how to adjust it. Stolen, lost, or broken, I would go for another Strat or a Tele, as they`re better. But it is good for people who are intermediate players.
Reliability & Durability — 9
It will withstand live playing. Hardware will last a lot. Strap buttons are the more solid you will ever find in a guitar that doesn`t include straplocks. I use it on gigs but always carry a backup as sometimes strings get broken (strangely, it always happens when playing AC/DC) and I like switching guitars during live performances. Finish is made up of acrilic paint, so it won`t wear off with age. I like that, as this particular guitar doesn`t look good aged, unlike Strats, that look better with age and flaws.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Action was set up from the factory perfectly. Bridge pickup was set up very low, but a screwdriver fixed that easily. No flaws, even though I bought a model which was used for trying it. Finish is quite good. Cheap wood and no good warranty, so I recommend trying it before buying it at the store, so you know that the one you`re buying hasn`t got flaws or bad pickups.
Features — 9
The box and instructions say it has been made in Korea, however, there`s a sticker behind the headstock that says it is from Taiwan. 22 medium jumbo frets pressed into a Rosewood fretboard. Alder body and arm, mine`s got a nice rare Vintage white color. The body is of course a double cutaway SG body. It has a tune-o-matic bridge. 2 open-coil humbuckers which have a fairly good sound and can get on very well with distortion. 2 Volume and 2 Tone pots, one for each pickup. Tuners are Epiphone, not Grover, and so they get a bit out of tune more easily than Grovers. It only includes an Allen key for the neck adjustment and a 3 ft cable that`s only for trying it at stores, and will get broken really soon.