Price paid: $ 200
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 7
Coming from someone that plays more hard rock/metal, this is a great choice for someone who is just starting out or on a tight budget. It is very versatile with different music styles, especially through my Fender Mustang I. Gets pretty great hard rock and even some decent heavy tones with gain and distortion. But being a beginning level guitar, I have to say that while it has good tone, the pickups also give off very annoying buzz and feedback, but other than that it's cool. I'll probably swap the stock pickups for some alnico ii pros, and I'd advise you to swap them out eventually as well.
Overall Impression — 8
All in all this is a good beginning guitar but it does have lots of limitations. Perfect for me when I started and I'd recommend it to other first-time electric guitar owners as well. Really great for the money.
Reliability & Durability — 7
Again, this is a beginning guitar. I used at my graduation party with my band, and it did okay there. But this is not a serious guitar for live gigs. If you're serious about playing in a band, save up for a real Les Paul. But I gotta say after beating it around for months this thing doesn't have a single scratch on it. That's... That's pretty cool.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
I got mine from guitar center in a rare color, which is cool. VERY heavy guitar. It can also be pretty uncomfortable to play after you compare to a Strat. But then again that's an opinion. The action is perfect for me; I can pull off lots of harmonics with it. It has some minor fret buzz at the high e string, but then again what guitar doesn't?
Features — 7
- 22 frets, dot inlay - Custom dark burgundy finish - Black Hardware - Rosewood fretboard - Humbucker pickups - 2 tone, 1 volume, 3-way selector - Tune-O-Matic Bridge