Price paid: $ 250
Purchased from: ebay
Sound — 8
I play hard rock to heavy metal. With the right settings this guitar can do basically whatever it wants. Its one of those guitars that's good at everything but not great at anything in particular. I use a Roland 20x with it and it can get a good variety of sounds. It isn't very noisey. The neck humbucker is amazing. Th Bridge humbucker is kindve muddy but just ease the bass back and it helps. Its got a little bit more gain ten the Les Paul Standard but that's not exactly a good thing. Depending on what sound your going for of course. Its too trebly to use for a Led Zeppelin sound but isnt thick enough for Pantera. It sounds more of Iron Maiden esque.
Overall Impression — 8
I play Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Pantera and The Doors and a wide variety of music. This guitar doesnt't fit any of those sounds quite perfect but it does okay at all of them. Like I said good at everything not great at anything in particular. More of an Iron Maiden sound. I've been playing about 2 years and own a les paul, and an Ibanez RG and have owned quite a few other guitars. This guitar is not mine it is a friends but I would think about buying this guitar for myself as well as it is fun to play. I love the neck pickup and I love the variety. Nothing to hate about it at all.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar seems like it will do well live. One thing I would do is replace the strap buttons with straplocks. You do NOT want your guitar flying off of you into the crowd of angry moshers below. Also the guitar is top heavy and when not being held the neck points to the ground so a regular strap will fall off. The hardware seems very durable though and shouldn't have any problems. Always bring a backup though because anything could happen onstage. The finish is a flat finish so it seems strong but susceptible to dents. Seems strong enough though.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
This guitar wasn't factory set-up but the Fender certified inspectors had it set up very well. The action was smooth and fast with no buzzing and the pickups were perfectly adjusted. No modification needed. The reason it was a second was because there were small chips on the fretboard near the nut. But it didn't effect the playing what'soever and is hardly noticeable. The electronics and hardware were perfect however and is well worth the money.
Features — 9
The guitar was a factory second that was refurbished by Fender certified inspectors then resold for half the price on E-bay. It is the G-400 faded cherry SG. It has 22 frets 24 3/4 scale. Thin neck. Rosewood fretboard bound on a mahogany set neck attached to a mahogany body. The finish is a worn cherry so you can see the wood grain under it. It is the Standard Gibson SG shape. Tune-O-matic Bridge with stopbar tailpeice. The electronics are alnico classic passive humbuckers. One in the neck and one in th bridge. There are 2 volume and 2 tone knobs and a 3 way toggle switch. The tuners are regular non-locking grover tuners. It came with a gigbag, and a 20ft Fender California cable.