Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 8
I personally play mostly rhythm guitar, and this guitar suits that perfectly. I have a Spider II half stack, though I rarely plug in, which is partially why I wanted a hollow body. I heard that hollowbodies got a lot of feedback, but I haven't experienced that. Very rich sound, pretty bassy (especially on the front pickup). This guitar is (obviously) not meant for any sort of metal or anything, though it does sound surprisingly good with distortion. I'd imagine with some new pickups this guitar would sound fantastic, but as it is it's only alright. Like I said, I rarely plug in, and so it sounds great. When plugged in, it sounds quite average. I plan on replacing the pickups soon.
Overall Impression — 9
This guitar completely fits me. I've been playing for 4 years, and this is my third guitar. I have a feeling this guitar will last me a long, long time. My main complaints are that the upper frets are weak, and the pickups aren't great, but this doesn't irk me too much. I would most certainly buy this guitar again, and ignoring the electronics, have preferred this guitar to many of the Gibson model ES-335s I've played. I guess it would be kind of cool to have one of those "armrest-sized" whammy bars that some of the hollow bodies have, but it probably wouldn't be worth all the new hardware. Once I replace the pickups, this will probably be one of the best guitars I've ever played.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Being a hollow body, you'll prolly want to take it easy on this guitar, but after owning it for almost a year I don't have a single scratch on the finish. I've hit the neck a few times and my strap snapped once, but it held strong. The hardware has held up well, but the gold on it has started to rub off. The strap buttons are extremely solid, which made me happy since I've had 2 other guitar on which they broke.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Quite good strait out of the box, very little adjustment needed. The action was perfect, still have little to no fret buzz. As I said, the pickups do their job, but some new ones would definitely be a good idea. All the hardware was well adjusted, and I've had to do very little myself. The 19th fret on the B string was dead, and a few other high frets weren't great, but this guitar isn't really meant for that. I could probably get this fixed.
Features — 9
First off, I should mention that this is an absolutely beautiful guitar. That being said, there are a few problems, the gold hardware wears down to the silver metal beneath in the places that receive more wear and tear. The pickups are kind of weak, but they aren't terrible. Also, the fret markers stop after the 15th fret, which is a slight problem. These are the only problems I had. Overall, quite nice.