Price paid: $ 200
Purchased from: Music go round
Sound — 8
I play classic rock, jazz and blues. I can get a nice-round jazz tone with the neck pup. The Bridge pup isn't the best but I don't use it that much and when I do I roll the tone down a bit, and can get a good heavy zeppelin/the who tone. I can play anything from Eric Clapton(cream) to led zeppelin. I play it through a Fender Stage 160 or a Fender Champion 110, with a Vox v847a wah > Boss blues driver > Ibanez tube screamer(sometimes) > DigiTech jamman looper(when practicing) > amp. It is not noisy at all.
Overall Impression — 8
This guitar is a pretty good fit for my music. But I like my Strat better. I've been playing for around 4 or 5 years. I also own a Fender Mex Strat. If this was stolen/lost I probably wouldn't get another one, I'll probably would either get another Strat or a semi-hollow. I wish it had a coil-splitter.
Reliability & Durability — 6
This guitar will be okay for gigs. The neck weighs more than the body so you constantly have to hold the guitar up which will get annoying after a while. The strap buttons are crap, my strap always kept falling off so I had to gt strap locks. I wouldn't go to a gig with out a backup, though my main guitar is my stratocaster, I would only play a few songs with this guitar because of its awkward weight(neck drooping). The toggle Switch on mine gives out, when I go to change I have to move it back and fourth till it turns the pickup on.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
the guy who owned it before me set it up and the action was perfect, just when my strings get old, I start to hear dead notes on the upper strings. In my position the "action, fit & finish" was great since I got mine used so I can't really make a good comment for this section.
Features — 9
I got mine used as a gift. It is a 2008 I believe not sure where it was made. 2 volume, 2 tone, and a 3 way toggle switch. Satin red finish with a solid mahogany body and a worn looking set mahogany neck with a 22 fret rosewood fret board. Wornish looking Trapezoid inlays. Grover cromantic tuners. 2 Alnico V humbuckers. A tune-o-matic Bridge and stop bar tailpiece.