Price paid: $ 284.392
Sound — 9
First lets clear up the switching. at positions 2 and four splits the coils into a single coil pickup and at middle turns both humbuckers on. I generally play metal punk and blues, this guitar handles them perfectly. Its bridge humbucker is perfect for soloing and harmonics. the neck is amazing for cleans. Split the bridge for a crunchy overdriven rhythm. I handed it to a friend and he totally annihilated a chickin' pickin' country solo. The Strat style body gives it a bright twangy tone, and helps it cut on leads. I use a Roland Cube 30 and a Marshal JCM-800 as my standard gear but I have used countless effects. All Dunlop crybabys I could find every Boss pedal the store had in stock. This guitar shines with Bass set to 6 o'clock, middle cranked all the way, and treble at 7.5 with delay and flanger. I have not been able to get any unwanted noise atal from it, except a wobbly volume knob that would cause it to cut out.
Overall Impression — 8
I play metal, funk, rock and blues and this guitar totally destroys it all. I have been playing three years and currently own two custom frankenstrats( one a squire, on a barracuda), a Gibson All American 2, a Roland Cube 30, marshal jcm-800 head with a custom built cab, and a Fender F-15. I wish I would have gotten a hard case with it. If it were stolen I would hunt down that little SOB and tear off his testickles and force them into his eye sockets. My favorite feature is the five way Switch; it gives me every sound I want. Before buying this I compared it to every Jackson Soloist and Dinky I could get my hands on, a Washburn Ian Signature, and a G&L Telecaster. For this price it blew all those other guitars away. I only wish it had black binding to go with the hardware and actual Seymour Duncan pickups.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar has withstanded live playing and transport. I never need a backup and never bring a backup. The hardware is solid and isn't going anywhere. The Strap buttons are solid, it has never fallen once. I do allot of ruff whammy bar tricks and it still stays in tune all night, I could lift this guitar up by its whammy bar. The finish is strong, it withstands being bashed around and transported in a small gig bag.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
When I received this guitar its action was set very low, the intonation was superb, the truss rod had a bit of over-bow and the frets needed to be filed but those are all result of neglect by its previous owner. The volume knob was wobbly again fault of neglectful owner. I have no complaints about the routing of the bridge but I am not very familiar with floyd. Their was also a bit of buckle bite but again fault of owner.
Features — 8
This guitar is amazing for the price I paid but I shal dock it marks for the duncan designed.