Purchased from: GAK
Sound — 10
Made for metal but could be used for absolutely anything! I play though a POD XTL into a Marshall JCM 2000 DSL 100 with a JCM 900 Lead 1960 cab. It has what I can only describe as perfect tone, its rich, full, bright but not too bright, the tone controll is really effective. This guitar can make any sound you want, perfect crunching distortion tones, beutiful lead tones, great harmonics, pinched harmonics are loud and clear, clean sounds are amazing too, georgeous clean sounds range from Blues to jazz to rock to anything its just so versatile.
Overall Impression — 10
I play metal/rock and it is perfect for these styles! I have been playing for about 12 years and I have never come across a guitar that somes close to this one. If it were stolen I would buy another one straight away, hell I might buy another one anyway but in a different color. I love everything about this guitar, the extra jumbo frets make it so easy to play, it is very light and stays in position when you play standing up, the hardware is amazing! The locking bridge gives it unbelievable sustaine and tone and the locking tuners keep it in tune just as good as a floyd would, the tuners are also great because you can change strings really quickly because you only have to turn each tuner once to get to pitch because of the locking mechanism which is great for if you snap a string live. The sound of each pickup is perfect it is really strong and powerful and even though they are passive they easily rival the power of any EMG pickup even the active ones. There's nothing you could add to this guitar to make it better, well maybe a better inlay than dots perhaps but thats just cosmetic.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar is built for live performance and is perfect for it, it's also great for home playing and recording. Hardware seems like it will last forever, strap buttons are very solid, this guitar comes with either normal strap locks or flushmount strap locks, I opted for normal because I don't trust the flushmount design too much. Highly dependable guitar, I would definitly use without backup if I had to. Finish is very good and I can't see it fade at all with lots of playing.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Factory set-up sucked but then again I am a perfectionist, definitly very playable from factory but nowhere near its potential. Pickup adjustment wa near perfect but that's down to personal taste. Finish and hardware are all in perfect condition.
Features — 10
Made in Korea, 24 extra jumbo frets, mahogany body and neck and a rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay and "8 ball" on first fret, Dave Mustaine signature on headstock, metallic silver finish, V shape body, Tonepros locking Tune-O-Matic bridge and string through body, passive Seymour Duncan pickups JB/Jazz set (Mustaine's own combo) 2 volume controls and 1 tone control, sperzel locking tuners.