Price paid: A$ 1350
Purchased from: Icon Music
Sound — 6
At first when I got this guitar I was blown away from the sound, the clarity and the electronic sound it had. After about a month or so the sound started sounding very dull and horrible. I figured this was just the batteries running out so I replaced them. It sounded better but still the tone from this guitar is far from what you'd expect when forking out big money. I now just find it lifeless even with the 18v mod. Also unlike my previous electrics which have never been worth more than $400, this guitar has no real feel to it, no real soul. Its kind of like when you ear people saying they picked up a Gibson and it just felt good. This guitar doesn't. Don't get me wrong the guitar is ABSOLUTELY silent, no feedback or background noise. Its just the tone and sound is not very desirable. I've found this guitar really doesn't suit any style of music I've tried; Country, metal, rock, blues, clean, jazz.
Overall Impression — 6
I usually play Heavy rock, sometimes going into metal. I also try to mix it up a bit and play blues/country sometimes. I've been playing fro 4 years now and this is my first good electric, in hind sight this guitar was probably not the right choice as when I bought it I hadn't learnt my lesson yet and bought without trying and ended up regretting it. Before buying this I wish I had really sought out different guitars to see which one suits my tone right, unfortunately I didn't. If it were stolen/lost I would most definitely not buy a new one, maybe going for an Ibanez, high range Epi or low range Gibby. I don't mean to be completely harsh on this guitar but I have to say, having only two control knobs is horrible, it can pretty much only do a crisp sound and a muddy sound.
Reliability & Durability — 7
This guitar will withstand a few live shows but personally I wouldn't gig without a backup, purely due to the floysd rose. It stays in tune most of the time but can easily be bumped and go out of tune while playing live. Also the jumbo frets make playing rhythm a nightmare.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The guitar factory set up was great, perfectly in tune and action, intonation set not quite right but easily adjustable.
Features — 7
It is a 2011 model I got around the end of 2011, as with most LTD's it's made in Japan. - 24 frets - 25.5 scale - Jumbo frets - Flamed maple top - Strat style body - EMG 81&85 (b&n) active pickups. - Floyd Rose 1000 series, pretty much just the OFR but not made in Germany. - Master control & Master Tone - Came with fitted case.