Price paid: $ 416
Purchased from: Furtado's, New Delhi
Sound — 8
I play mostly hard rock, metal, classic rock, fingerpicking stuff and a bit of blues. I'm using a Korg AX1500G guitar processor with it, a Marshall MG10CD practice amp and a Vox amplug as well, it sounds great on all the machines. I tried to record the tones just as a testing thing and it surpassed my expectations. Whether its a big chunk, delayed lead tone or clean tone you're looking for, this one's good for all.
Overall Impression — 9
I'm not restricted to any genre and I play stuff ranging from Alter Bridge to Green Day to Maiden to LOG to Jeff Buckley to Metallica. It serves my needs pretty well and I have no reason to complain. Its a great guitar and first off I won't let anyone steal it, and in case someone manages to steal it by some stroke of sheer dumb luck then honestly I'd save up again to buy a higher end guitar depending on how much I would've progressed by that time. Peace.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I'll be gigging this guitar in a few days but I most certainly don't think it'll give me any trouble because it's solidly built and I make sure I clean it every once in a while and take good care of it. If you take care of the instrument, the instrument takes care of you
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Action was a bit high for me, but again it's a personal preference. All I had to do was use a screw driver, its a 20 second job tops. Pickups were just fine. No loose pegs and no cuts bumps bruises on this baby. I did a proper inspection before buying it.
Features — 9
The spec sheet is easily available so I'll just give my input on the features. The quilted maple top looks and feels great. The neck is easily accessible. I had to lower the action a bit for easier legato playing. Other than that the 24.75" neck makes it fast and the TOM bridge occasionally needs very little tuning fixing. Pickups are LH-150 (B & N). They're above average and give a great feel irrespective of the genre being played. Best part is that the 3 way pickup selector is given on the upper bout and I love switching pickups from rythm to lead that way, looks very cool. I got a soft gig bag, allen keys, a strap and a couple of cheap picks free with the guitar.