Price paid: $ 295
Purchased from: Musicians Friend
Sound — 7
I mostly play from fast metal to some slow rock (Metallica in some cases). The amp I'm using with it is a Fender Squier Champ 15. This guitar is capable of some pretty good distortion. It can play pretty clean also.
Overall Impression — 6
This guitar matches my music playing but not good enough. I've been playing for around a year and a half and I own a DigiTech RP50 and this and a Fender squire amp. I really really wished I would've saved the money and bought a better guitar. I do love the looks of the guitar the guitar really is awesome looking. If this guitar were stolen I would probably either get a F-400 or the Jackson DK2 and replace the pickups with the Zakk Wylde set.
Reliability & Durability — 8
In my opinion I wouldn't take this guitar to a live show. Save up for a better one in the F series (F-400). The hardware seems like it last. I would use this as a backup guitar. It is not very dependable. The finish of the guitar seems good enough to last. I've dropped this guitar a couple of times and the neck is only warped a little bit.
Action, Fit & Finish — 5
The guitar set-up at the factory came with a set of ghs-boomers. 10 gauge. The factory didn't set this guitar up like it should have been. Well at first I started to play it when I got it and the low 3 strings all buzzed against the frets when I played them. So I had to take off the strings and raise the bridge a little bit. Now my problem is everytime I put a high E string on and go from Drop C to Standard the string breaks. I have broke the high E string on this guitar 3 times. Then both the volume and the tone knob fell off. That wasn't really bad all I had to do was stick a butter knife in between the slow and make it wider so it'll hold.
Features — 7
This guitar has 24 jumbo frets rosewood. The see through black is pretty cool looking. The pickups are pretty good for the price you pay for this guitar. The body of it is pretty awesome. This guitar isn't the greatest for tapping. I'd get another if you like to tap a lot. The pickups are ok not great but ok.