Price paid: $ 419.99
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 8
I play thrash and Heavy metal it suits the genre well. I use a Line 6 Spider 75W combo when playing. Very rich/full sound. If you have any idea on what effects you want the guitar to make, it will fulfill them. There is definitely a variety in what the guitar can do and the sounds it can make.
Overall Impression — 8
I play thrash/heavy/death metal and this guitar is perfect for those genres. I've been playing since I was 7. I own lots of other gear that can be seen on my page. I would have asked about the neck wood. No I don't think I would buy it again. I love the shape and the controls on it. I hate that the neck is so heavy, that is has 22 frets, that its bolt on, and that it has no tremolo. I can't compare with any other products. I wish it was neck-thru with 25 frets, made of alder and had a Floyd Rose Double-Locking tremolo.
Reliability & Durability — 7
Yes, but only if you have a strong physique. This guitar isn't for a beginner. Hardware is very reliable and I believe it can hold its own. Yes but I took them out and replaced them with Dunlop strap locks. Hell yes I would! The black Finish isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The guitar is very unbalanced in the neck which is one of the few draw backs. Pick ups are great. Love how the bridge is set up. There are only 3 problems that this guitar has, and those are: 1. unbalanced/heavy neck. 2. 22 frets. 3. No tremolo. I also don't like how the neck is painted but that's just a personal thing that I don't like.
Features — 7
- Made in Indonesia 2011. - 22 Jumbo frets. - Laminate Top. - Maple neck with mahogany body. - Black Shine finish. - Random Star. - Tune o matic - Passive Electronics. - 1 volume control with 3 way togle. - 2 pickups at bridge and neck. ESP LTD stock pick ups. - Locking Sperzel tuners.