Purchased from: Drum City Guitarland
Sound — 10
This guitar suits metal perfectly. The EMG pickups scream. Right now, I have a Fender Frontman (soon to be either a Randall RG50TC or a Peavey XXX) But have played it on a Mesa combo, and it sounded sweet. It makes even the frontman sound good. The EMG's produce no noise, but when you pluck the string they jump to life. THe tone is well rounded. It is not completely limited to metal. The clean is not fantastic, but good. Blues is probobly its high point other than metal.
Overall Impression — 10
I am simply in love with this guitar. It matches my style (METAL) perfectly. This guitar is better than I could have ever imagined. If This guitar was stolen, I would kill the one Who took it, and buy another. I compared it to an Ibanez RG1570, a Jackson Dinky, a Schecter Hellraiser, etc. None of them came close to the features you get for the price on this one. I hated the boring looks and neck of the RG (too small), I hated the body wood and neck joint of the Jackson, and the Hellraiser looked too flashy and costed more, probobly because of the original floyd bridge (which is no better than my Schaller liscenced one).
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar feels very solid, almost like it was made of a single piece of wood. The stock strap buttons are good enough for me, as I dont do any weird 'swing around the neck' tricks with it. I would never gig without a backup, regardless of what guitar it was. The finish is thick and beautiful.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
I don't know about the factory setup, as the guitar was set up by the guitar tech free at Drum City Guitarland. The pickups needed to be higher because they were EMG's, of course. The action was a bit high, but the action on this guitar can be adjusted so low that the strings are almost on the frets without buzzing. The top was well matched. Everything was fit very nicely, except for 1 thing. The nut was attached under a millemeter off center, but this is hardly noticeable (unnoticeable when you are playing). Also, there was some white-dusty stuff on the top 10 frets, but it just wiped off.
Features — 10
The features of this guitar are many and high quality. The Schaller liscenced trem acts like an original floyd, The set thru construction allows easy access to all 24 of the highly polished frets, The active EMG 81/85, (not dual 81's as the website said) the high quality grover tuners. As for the woods used, The fact that the body is made of mahogany, but the top and neck are made of maple gives the guitar the bite that maple has and the depth of tone that mahogany has. The finish is just as good as the guitar itself. In your room, with the lights on, It looks a dark slightly greenish blue. In a bright naturally lit room, it looks pretty much like the photo on ESPguitars.com. Under direct sunlight, it looks bright electric blue. The quilt on mine was fantastic. The neck is somewhere between a Fender Strat and an Ibanez Wizard (perfect to me).