Price paid: $ 256
Purchased from: Richmond Music Center
Sound — 10
She has a roarin' "Ride the Lightning" sound to it, great for all types of metal. I personally use it for bands such as Metallica, All That Remains, Bullet For My Valentine and Van Halen. The only one it has even slight problems is the bands on the lighter side of Metal, like Van Halen. It gets a little twangy on clean channels on the bridge pickups, but this is to be expected. The low power chords seem to rip through the room and it solos very well also. It makes a good variety of sounds, depending on the effects you're using. I do have a little more trouble hitting the pinch harmonics on it though for some reason.
Overall Impression — 10
I've been playing for about 2 years now....and this is the best guitar I've ever played. Which may not be saying much, I could see myself playing this guitar twenty years from now. I also own a crappy Squire Strat, a Marshall MG50DFX and Marshall MG10CD, a Zoom G2 Effect Simulator, and a MXR Phase 90. I compared this guitar to many guitar alike, none of which could emanate the same sound as this one. And for the price I payed, I could of bought 4 of them before buying a comparable Gibson or Epiphone. The only thing I sometimes wish it had was a Floyd Rose tremolo, but the string-thru helps it acquire its tone, so I'm not too discouraged by this. Overall it is a great guitar and would love to add more guitars like it to my collection.
Reliability & Durability — 10
The hardware will without a doubt last awhile, the strap buttons are solid, and it has withstood quite a few encounters with my ceiling fan. :/ ooops. I would without a doubt be able to use this without a back up during a gig, and the paint has stayed on through accidental abuse and anger alike.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The guitar was set up perfectly, the action is fine, and the pickups have not required any further adjustment. The metal rings that protect the strings are often dropped :/...but that in only when changing strings and while being a hassle, it in no way affects playing.
Features — 8
I'm not sure when the guitar was made, but it was in Indonesia. It has a full 5 octaves with 24 XJ frets on a rosewood fretboard. The neck itself is maple, and has a very thin U shape contour which I found has been very helpful for speedy playing. The body style is Strat and it is made out of basswood. String-thru body, and ESP Standard Tuners. There is two knobs, volume and tone, and a three way pickup selector. The pickups are ESP LH-150s. It is a Transparent finish, the action is fine.