Price paid: $ 379
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 10
I like to play with a lot of tone and tremble on it. The tone on it is amazing, and sound's terrific. I was up to my expectations, and got the sound that I wanted out of it. One of the biggest things that surprised me how was great distortion on I got on it. It can play think and heavy fuzz and great metal with heavy distortion on it. I wasn't expecting it play that good fuzz. I don't much of a problem with it being noise or having much feed back, although I get a little feed back and noise when I switch to rhythm pickup, but not very much.
Overall Impression — 9
I like to play a wide range of music, and for the most part it can play every gene I want to play. I personally think it sounds best in the metal, hard rock, rock and roll distortion gene such as AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Nirvana, ect. It can play some blue and ok jazz, but it doesn't play clean too well in my opinion, but it can hold its own, and will due for a live performance/recording.
Reliability & Durability — 8
It sounds great live, and recording, you won't have too much trouble with feed back; it is quiet for the most part. How ever on the rhythm pick up there is more feed back than tremble, but not much, not enough to worry about. One thing I have had a problem with is the strap falls off often. I'm not sure if it is the strap or the strap button, I had a problem with this on my other guitar with the same strap, and it could be the strap. In my experience most straps fall off every so often, some more than others, so it could go either way, strap buttons, or just the strap, you might want to watch out for that when playing live. If I hold the guitar up enough when I play I usually don't have too much of a problem with it. I can depend on it with out a back up ay gigs; it holds it tune very well.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I have not had any problems with is being poorly made, everything was up to my standards and was pretty close to a Gibson in my opinion. I have played some Gibson's that didn't sound or was put together as well as this guitar is. Also one of the best thing about this guitar is how well the finish on it. I got the transparent blue finish done, and it looks terrific. I couldn't be any happier with any other color in that finish, although looks great in almost any color you get it in.
Features — 9
2006 model made from China. It has 22 frets, rosewood fret board, and mother of pearl trapezoid inlay. Mahogany body and neck, quilt top finish, solid top, alder body. Two open-coil humbuckers, two volume and two tone controls, Tune-O-Matic, and chrome hardware.