Purchased from: Guitar Workshop
Sound — 8
This guitar is great for the metal stuff I play, the EMGs give a great sound along with my Line 6 Uber Metal pedal. And you can make some amazing sqeals with the floyd rose. EMG-HZ's are not active, so are probably not as versatile as regular EMGs, but they still deliver a really good heavy tone, which is versatile enough for switching between solo, and riffing tones (both of which being very easy with the very thin neck).
Overall Impression — 9
I play mostly metal, and this is a guitar built for Jeff Hanneman, so it will be good for metal. I've been playing for 3 years now, and own a les paul, and this guitar surpasses it easily. As far as effects are concerned, I only really use the Line 6 Uber Metal. If it were stolen, I would buy it again if I could resist the Alexi Laiho guitar lol. I like everything about it, it's similar to the Kirk Hammet model and more or less and ESP M-model. The only thing I with it had would be a reverse headstock, but that doesnt't really matter.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I haven't played gigs with this guitar, but it has served me well in numerous 3 hour band practices, never going out of tune or anything. I have had no problems with the strap buttong which are properly screwed in and don't even budge. The finish seem good, and resistant to scratces. Another thing is, with the floyd rose, it doesnt't really matter about the action as you get it from the factory as it is easily changeable.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The action was just fine, not too high, but not ridiculously low. I didn't even take notice of the pickups, which probaly meant they were adjusted fine, However there is a slight rattle on when you play the second fret, but you don't notice it with an amp. Apart from that all of the pickup switches, tone knobs and other controls and things are fitted perfecly. Another thing is, with the floyd rose, it doesnt't really matter about the action as you get it from the factory as it is easily changeable.
Features — 9
The guitar is Jeff Hanneman of Slayer's signature ESP (well LTD). It's got 24 frets and rather cool eagle inlays. The neck is bolted on and I'd pleasingly thin, making it very easy to play. It's a Strat style with a floyd rose licenced bridge, and EMG-HZ pickups. These are all makings of a decent metal guitar.