Purchased from: Music123
Sound — 10
Unfortunetaly, I use a Spider II, which has a pretty digital sound, but the EMGs make the distortion better, the 85 makes it pretty smooth, and the cleans are fantastic. Unplugged, this guitar actually has some natural reverb because if you put your ear near the neck joint as you are playing, you can hear the notes ringing. For this guitar can also get a pretty good bluesy tone by sliding back on the tone knob and having a little bit of overdrive on.
Overall Impression — 10
By and by, this guitar is amazing, especially since I paid $660 for this thing, it's a steal. I've played Gibsons and Ibanezes that play this good and sound this good. If this guitar got stolen, I would hunt down the person Who stole it and kick their ass. Or just buy a new one. This guitar is highly recommended for any level of expertise of guitar players.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar is solid, from the construction of the entire thing, to the stabiliy of its parts, it isn't very fragile and can take a beating. I would still use a backup just because it uses a Floyd Rose and a string break can totally mess up the night, but a backup guitar is all you need. Other than that, this thing can go on for ever.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
This guitar does look phenomonal, with its stained blue quilted maple top, the binding, and the inlays are all perfectly done and not a single blemish or flaw. The guitar also feels nice when sitting down or standing up because of the mahogany body. The guitar is lightweight and the neck isn't all too heavy considering its a maple neck. This thing truely plays beautiful. The action is as low as it can go without buzzing, and all frets are accessible thanks to the set-thru neck construction, which actually gets rid of a lot of the heel. The tremelo on this guitar is another high point. I can do dive bombs, harmonic drops, and Jack Owens all day and not go out of tune. Even though the bridge is recessed, it isn't by very much, but it still can go a good bit, more than 2 frets of a bend or 3.
Features — 10
2006 version, made in Korea. - Set-thru neck construction - See-through-blue finish w/quilted maple top - Mahogany body - 3-piece maple neck - Rosewood fingerboard - 24 extra jumbo frets - Licensed floyd rose bridge - Locking nut - 25.5" neck length - Natural (wood) binding on body & white binding on the neck & headstock - Offset block inlays w/MH-400 at the 12th fret - EMG 81 in the bridge and EMG 85 in the neck - Black hardware - Grover tuners.