Price paid: $ 199
Purchased from: Used
Sound — 10
The sound of the guitar surprised me very much. I looked at it and expected nothing from the sound of it. But when I started to use it, it was a dream. My expectations were turned upside-down. When you use the lower pick-up it gives a very full sound, like a box-guitar. the bridge pick-up is more hardcore and more fitting. It's more raw and grinding. Perfectly fitting for playing metal or any other heavy stuff. I play metal and grunge and the guitar does everything for me. I can play both soft and hard on this guitar. I'm using a AVT100 Marshall but I also have a Line6 Spider 75w. This guitar sounds fantastic in both amps. Although, of course it sounds better with the Marshall. It hums very little and makes very quiet extra noises which is very comfortable.
Overall Impression — 5
My style of music is very diverse. I just like to jam. I play metal, punk, trash, rock, classic, blues and every now and then pop. I can play all that on this guitar and it wouldn't sound wrong. in fact, it all sounds great! My first impression of this guitar that it was only made for looks because they are killer! But then I played the thing and totally fell in love. It couldn't be replaced by anything worse than a Les Paul or a SG. I would definitely buy it again if it would be stolen. I have played many guitars but this one is truly one of the best.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Live playing is definitely not a problem for this guitar. It doesn't detune easily and it's very easy to tune. There's no problem with changing from Standard E to drop D. I would count on it on a concert and not bring a backup one. The electronics in it seem like they're going to last a long while. I've had no problem with them. The strap buttons are very tight so I really don't expect them to fall off. The aluminum pick-guard doesn't really allow the pick to scratch it at all so the finish will last a long time.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
I bought it used so naturally it had some battle-scars and didn't come with a gig bag or anything. But I spoke to the previous owner and he told me that the set-up had been flawless. He hadn't changed a thing. The strings are close but not too close. perfect. it's not hard to play it fast. The whammy is very good but a bit of it had broken off. It still works like nothing happened and it's not obvious.
Features — 9
It was made in Korea but inspected and set-up in the USA. The SG shape based body is made of Mahogany. It should probably be heavy but the 3rd cutout makes a huge difference. It's very light and the thin Satin Maple neck is divine. It's a 22 fret Floyd Rose Tune-O-Matic. It makes for easy slides and pulloffs. The pick-guard is made of Diamond-patterned aluminum, which is pretty awesome! it has got a Standard 3-way pick-up selector, a volume knob and a tone knob. The pick-ups are very beautiful humbuckers. The strap buttons are positioned in the middle of the unusual 3rd cutout( which is not very comfortable) and behind the neck( which is comfortable). It's got a matte-black finish and the Diamond plate is silver.