Price paid: $ 400
Purchased from: Musicians Friend
Sound — 10
I really like this axe. It plays a bit better than my Epiphone G400. Pickups aren't noisy, hardware is fine. I have used it out of a Line 6 Spider IV and a Fender Frontman 212R, and it sings. It works well with various MXR, Boss, and Dunlop pedals. I am quite pleased with the guitar's sound, although I'm thinking about changing the pickups.
Overall Impression — 9
I play alot of rock and metal, and this axe is great for it. The bridge pickup is great for solo and heavy riffs, where as the neck is great for rhythm, although it is a tad muddy. If someone stole it, I would defo buy another. It was so worth the $400, and I will hold on to it for a long time. I would never sell it.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar would be great live. I play standing up alot, and the strap has never slipped, the strap buttons are solid. I would use it to gig with most definitely. The guitar seems like it will last, none of the hardware is flimsy or loose, I would trust it for sure.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The guitar came in exactly how I liked it set up. The pickups were adjusted pretty good. The guitar was smudged and dirty, but that's no big deal. Also a tuning head was loose, but it's still a great axe. Not a big deal, and not hard to fix. For a $400 guitar, it was setup great.
Features — 9
- Mahogany body with carved top - Set mahogany neck - Slim-tapered profile - 24-3/4" scale - Rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays - 22-frets - 12" radius - 1-11/16" nut width - Alnico Classic Plus humbucking pickups - 2 volume, 2 tune controls with 3-position toggle - LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece - Vintage Kluson tuners with tombstone buttons - Gold hardware (alpine white) - Nickel hardware (wine red and ebony)