Price paid: C$ 999
Purchased from: Steve's music store
Sound — 10
I bought this guitar to play fast metal licks and riffs, which it handles excellently 'cause that is what it's made for. Currently I own a crappy Line 6 Micro Spider and a Boss Metal Zone but it still manages to sound super great. I haven't heard any noise from it so far. I only play metal (all sub genres)so I know it sounds good for that. I dunno if it sounds good for other genres as I really don't know much about them. Even with my bad amp I can hear the smooth sound of the guitar, the kind which we have come to expect from Children Of Bodom.
Overall Impression — 10
I play all genres of metal and it suits all of them. I have been playing for more than two years and I feel I need a bit more experience to make the most of this guitar. I own a cheap Chinese copy of Les Paul which is very good but this guitar is like nothing I have played before. I love everything about it except the fact it came with a passive pickup. I love the shape and the floyd rose which stays in tune no matter what. I only wish this had some magic power which would make me play like Alexi Laiho when I touch it.
Reliability & Durability — 10
The guitar seems solid, so it can breeze through live playing provided it has strap locks. I don't believe in strap buttons even if the are solid. This is my second electric guitar so I might as well take the other one just in case something a string or two breaks. Better safe than sorry. The finish seems good. It came fully shiny and it still is after almost a month. Even the fretboard wood is shiny.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The action is perfectly adjusted so that there is no fret buzz anywhere on the neck. The intonation is of the level which can be expected on top end guitars-meaning it is near perfect. I feel the pickup can be a tiny bit higher than it already is and I will be adjusting it soon. It has no flaws except a very small stain on the floyd rose bridge which is removed easily with a stain remover and the left end of the fret-board (the part after the 24th fret) seems to have been filed off. These flaws don't affect the sound or the life in anyway.
Features — 10
Mine was made in Korea. It has 24 extra jumbo frets with a scale length of 25.5. It is a neck through construction with a 3 piece maple neck and alder body wings. The neck has a sort of satin feel to it but it is unpainted. The body is white with black pinstripes and has a clear coar finish. It has a floyd rose 1000 series and a single EMG HZ passive humbucking pickup. There are not much controls except a single volume knob (which lies in 10 anyway). I'm not sure about the tuners but they are non locking (it has a locking nut obviously). And most importantly it is personally hand signed by Alexi himself.