Price paid: £ 445
Features — 6
The guitar is a Chinese model in Snow White. Although the most basic version of the Alexi Laiho
Sound — 6
The pick-up is by far from the best but also far from the worst. The harmonics are not the best I've heard and when trying to do pinch harmonics, they are very distant and without any real body to them. However this is all through distortion, when switched to a clean output, the pick-up sounds surprisingly nice, with a nice warm tone to it. If you want to use the guitar for anything really heavy or fast, switch to any decent Seymour Duncan or replace with the Alexi Laiho pick-up from EMG. I'd also recommend sticking with passive pick-ups just so that there isn't any need to take out anymore wood for batteries making the guitar even lighter than it already is.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The guitar has a nice feel to it, this finish is very solid and construction is great, no gaps at all and strong as anything. The guitar itself is very light, this will be due to the basswood but either way still feels like a solid instrument, the strap buttons should be replaced with strap locks (as with any instrument), the tuners are also rather solid and hold their tune well (this is also helped by the locking nut to hold everything when fine-tuning has been done). Overall, the guitar feels good for it's price, my only issue is with the weight of the instrument.
Reliability & Durability — 6
I don't think this guitar would withstand live playing. Firstly due to how light the guitar is, it feels like it would break, I wouldn't use it as a back-up, more just as a practice instrument when at home so I don't have to keep pulling out the hard case to get to my Alexi-600 Greeny. The hardware on the other hand is perfectly reliable and should last a good few years before needing to be properly serviced. The only thing is to be patient with bridge, these can be a pain in the a-se to set up if you aren't used to them.
Overall Impression — 6
Overall I feel this is a good guitar for people looking to go straight into having a Rhoads style guitar, without the huge price tag, however, you get less than what you pay for in my opinion, the guitar doesn't weigh as much as it should however the hardware feels sturdy and will last, above all however, replace the shoddy pick-up! Also buy a hardcase just to keep the instrument safe, with these shapes of guitars you can never be to careful. As with alot of cheap