Price paid: $ 149.99
Purchased from: Wilcutt Guitars
Sound — 9
I play mostly rhythm for rock, blues, and metal (yeah, kinda strange variety). It plays well in all of these styles, and even keeps up fairly well when I set it in for some classical style. I've been playing for two years, have played on a Gibson Les Paul and gotten fairly similar playing out of this guitar (albeit, slightly lower quality). I have played this through a Marshall 100W Stack, Vox AD15, and Roland Micro Cube; no matter the setup, this guitar delivers quality cleans and quite the punch when you turn up the gain. I've never had any buzz, and it fit for tapping/chords/lead. I've done all of these with strong success. Be warned, when switching between rythym and treble on the 3-way, you are gonna have to adjust tone adn volume due to the lack of seperate controls for the two humbuckers, which sucks for gigging.
Overall Impression — 9
This is a beautiful guitar. I'm sure there are better, but as a beginner or intermediate guitar, this is the best bang fr your buck, hands down. I looked into a Fender Strat, and was just much more impressed with the overall sound this one has. This is a good match for all styles of music, and honestly as I mentioned before, I didn't hear a huge difference between this and a Gibson Les Paul, they were comparable and considering the money you are saving, it's worth it. If this guitar came up missing, I'd definitely pick it up again. Only bad things to say are, get the red finish the black is hard to keep clean and I wish it had seperate tone and volume for both humbuckers.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Been playing a couple hours a day for 6 months now and it's still kicking. No new damage or wear in the finish. I'd go in to a gig without a backup, this thing just doesn't wear out. I have had some problems with the strap coming out on it's own, but I think that's partially my fault because I'm using a strap that was made in the '70s. I've had no hardware problems.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Bought it, brought it home, plugged it in, rocked hard. Only problem I had was that the pickups kept dropping randomly while playing, got them cleaned out (and a bad cable replaced) and that's gone away. There is one scratch across the top of my guitar, but I got a discount for it as it was a shipping problem. Sometimes, the sound drops out if you don't get the 3-way switched completely to one selection or the other though.
Features — 8
22 frets, rosewood neck, solid top, vol and tone knobs (only 1 of each), 3-way switch, two humbuckers, Tune-O-Matic, SG Style, pickup in front, got strings, cable and gig bag with it. The frets are solid, no buzzing. Not sure about the tuners, they are Standard Epi (I checked it side by side wiht the epi lespaul. The lack of separate vol and tone knobs for each humbucker is a little disappointing, but nothing worth sobbing over. As is the lack of a whammy bar. Fairly Standard set-up for an Epi, but nothing terrible.