Price paid: $ 600
Purchased from: Daddys Junky Music
Sound — 9
I play many forms of rock like Blues-rock Hard-rock and metal heavy groove metal and some clean stuff. This Guitar handles almost anything! However it was not made for shredding heavy metal like pantera. If you want that kind of sound buy an Ibanez RG or a Schechter or a Dean. I've tried it on my Roland 20x and with the different amp settings I can get crystal cleans to bluesy Zeppelin tunes all the way to blistering iron maiden leads. The Pickups are absolutely noiseless wich I love and It has a very thick full sound. Another thing I noticed is the pickups are really balanced. Even with the distortion on if I strum a full chord you can hear all of the notes still. Not just a thick blob of sound. This guitar is amazing for everything up to heavy metal.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall this is a great instrument. It fits the Led Zeppelin sound perfectly and can play beautifly clea too, while still being able to crunch out those iron maiden licks. I've ben playing over a year now so I know people wont take this seriously. But I've been through quite a few guitars and amps. I've owned some cheap starter guitars, a SX Les Paul Copy and the Dean From Hell Dimebag ML Replica, I own an Ibanez RG350EX and I've even made a few guitars like Van Halen replicas and such so I know a good sounding guitar. If this were stolen I would definately replace it with another just like it! I love the teaburst finish on it with the flame maple top. Its such a beautiful finish and I love the different sounds I can get from it and I love how well the tuners hold up the tuning.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar was ment to be played It would definately withstand live playing..as long as you get strap-locks. You don't want this falling and hitting the ground while yor playing. You might also want to get a decent case as you don't want a beautiful guitar like this to be scratched. I wouldn't gig without a backup only because why take the risk when you have extra guitars? But this would definately be my main guitar and I probably wont have to use a backup.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The factory setup was amazing! I bought it new from Daddy's and the thing was perfect. Great action with minimal fret buzzing, perfect pickup adjustment and just overall amazing quality. After slapping on a new set of Ernie Ball Slinkys this guitar playes like a dream. Again one problem I had was the strap buttons. They were small and slipped through the strap so I went out and bought strap-locks.
Features — 8
Made in China in either 2004 or 2010. I'm not entirely sure how to read the seriel number. Its 22 frets 24 3/4 scale. Rosewood fingerboard. The body and neck are made out of mahogany, the neck is set. It has a flame maple veneer with e teaburst wich is absolutely beautiful to look at. It has the Tune-O-Matic bridge, with passive pickus. Two Alnico humbuckers and 2 volume and 2 tone knobs with a toggle switch.. It has non-locking Grover tuners. The only thing I didnot like where the strap buttons, they were small and positioned awkwardly so I had to replace them with Dunlop stap-locks.