Price paid: $ 473.97
Purchased from: Gamblins
Sound — 10
The sound of the F50 is pretty good right out of the box until you put some ditortion to it. It lacks clarity and can sound pretty muddy at high gain levels. That has all since changed! I install the EMG 81/85 combo and it total woke this guitar up. It now has monstrous tone and sustain out the ying yang. Well worth the cost fo $380.00 ($200.00 for the F50 and $180.00 for the EMGs). Now this guitar has more range from a bluesy sound through the 85 to a total metal assault through the 81. The tone knob definitely has more effect on the actual tone unlike the stock ones.
Overall Impression — 10
I'm very satisfied with my buy. I heard a lot of things, both positive and negitive, about the F-50. I couldn't be happier.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I mostly play thrash metal and with the EMG's set this guitar plays it perfect, I've only been playing two years but I know a good guitar when I see one. I use a Line 6 Spider II and it sounds and plays like a dream on this amp, the only thing that I disliked about this guitar were the pickup's. But since I've replaced them, the guitar is pretty much perfect.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
From what i can tell, very well made. Finish & fit are perfect. No loose partst or cosmetic blemishes. Product seems very reliable & durable. I have a very good feeling that she won't let me down. This product would be appropriate on the road if you wern't planning on playing it in the car. I'd be very angry if she got scratched or chipped. It would take alot for that to happen, but anythings possible. Keep it in a case if your traveling with it! I have not found a bad quality in this guitar, don't think i will & i will be very surprised & a little dissapointed.
Features — 8
The guitar is very easy to play and can be used by both the advanced and newbie player, it looks like a metal guitar and plays like one, it even has a nice 24 fretboard for good messure. The basic specs: - Construction: bolt-on - Scale: 25.5" - Body: agathis - Neck: maple - Fretboard: rosewood - Inlays: dots with model name at 12th fret - Pickups: ESP LH-100 set - Electronics: volume, toggle, tone - Hardware: black - Bridge: Tune-O-Matic/string-thru-body - Frets: 24 XJ