Price paid: $ 521.4
Purchased from: Steve's Montrel
Sound — 8
The EMG's are quiet and are fit for metal, plain and simple. Very percussive but no nuance, it's no good for blues or classical, but come on, I mean look at it it has a reversed headstock and it's badass. No wonder it's for metal. Actually, for rhythm guitar these are the pickups, but for lead playing. Let's say they cut it but they don't go over and above.
Overall Impression — 8
Well I basically need an upgrade from my Epiphone Gothic SG, to a 24-fret thin neck shredding guitar. I went to music store and tried all their 24-fret guitars in the price range and this I just kept on trying again and again. I've been playing for 3 years and my style is definetely metal. I'm going to replce the pickups with Bill Lawrence L500's, and to the pawn shops go the EMG's. I own a Marshall Valvestate 100w amp, a bunch of pedals such as a Crybaby Wah, Boss Digital Delay and Harmonizer, etc. the list is long and boring. I also own a Jackson DKMG.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Everything here is fine. Very well put together and the finish is outstanding so far. Very solid axe.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
One thing that bothered me was the fact that I got no allen's wrench to unlock the nuts and mess with the bridge. That was easy to find though, the hardware store next door had some. Pickups are also kinda close to the strings, since they aren't relly fixed they tend to tilt on an axis and touch the strings. But really, that was an esy fix that any idiot off the street could apply to their guitar.
Features — 10
Very nice super Strat body shape, its made of agathis, witch seems to have a rather bad reputation, neck-thru body which is a plus. No mistakes in the finish, all is perfect. Action was too high when bought but that was an easy fix. You get a volume and tone control (all you really need IMO) with a coil tap that lets you use one or both the EMG's in single coil mode. Perfect for playing "Little wing". The tuners and all other little gizmos were all excellent.