Price paid: $ 90
Purchased from: Musicians Friend
Sound — 10
This guitar has amazing sound and fits any style I play. I like to play punk, emo, funk and maybe metal. I use this guitar with a DigiTech Whammy pedal, DigiTech Grunge pedal, Rocktron Silver Dragon, and a CryBaby Slash Wah pedal. I use a Fender DSP 150W amp. The guitar works amazingly with this. The guitar is not noisy but the high is much more vibrant than the low, making any acoustic chords very screechy unless you lower the tone knob. The guitar can give you growling lows or screeching highs.
Overall Impression — 9
I play all kinds of music but the bridge humbucker gives an amazing sound for bluesish solos and more of a slash solo sound. I've been playing for 4 years now and I own a Schecter devil elite and a Squier Strat. If this guitar was stolen I would definitely buy another because it is a favorite of mine. I love this guitar for its cutting tone and its durability. I don't like the easy chip paint and the blank trust rod cover. I haven't really compared it but I thought about getting an Alinco II pickup and I wish it had a neck pick up also.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar is amazing for live play but the tuning knobs could give you a problem. My strap button screws loosend a lot and one eventually ripped out. I would not use any guitar on a gig with out a backup. The finish is easy to chip but doesn't wear.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The factory set up on this guitar was terrible and I did not play this guitar at all until I had it set up for better strings (I use Dean Markely 14-56's) The pick ups and bridge were fine. One tuning knob is loose and skips when you tune down (G) other than that the guitar was fine out of box.