Price paid: $ 769
Purchased from: samash.com
Sound — 9
I play heavy metal. Any thing from at the gates to whitechapel. Suits me very well, nice heavy aggresive tone. I'm running it in to a Ibanez ts-9 into a Boss ns-2 to a Peavey 6505+, and is great sounding. Best rig I have ever used. Has a nice full sound, love the tone a mohagany body has. The EMG 81's do metal extremly well but tend to distort the cleans tones, but this guitar is aimed for metal so that is what these pups do. I do not use cleans so this is a 10. If you like cleans get some SDs.
Overall Impression — 9
For the metal style it is a very good choice. I was concidering a Jackson king v used for 1400 at GC, but in the end this was a better option. If you want to play country or something with great clean tones don't wast your time and money just go buy your self a nice little Strat or something. This is a metal guitar and does a great job at doing it. I have been playing for 6 years and have owned a many of guitars every thing from Jackson, to Cort, to Ibanez, to Deans. If it where to be stolen I would not hesitate to buy another. This is the best, most affordable, quality V money could possibly buy. The thing I love most is the neck. I will only play set or neck thru necks, and this is the best set-thru I have played. The neck contour is perfect just a smidge thicker than a ibby, but more comfterble than the RG. Same kind of Jackson contour. I think of it as the best of both worlds thin, but still a great contour. I have tried many V and this if by far the best. Jackson equivilants are outrageusly high priced and no one else makes a decent King V style guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 10
The guitar is built like a tank and will withstand Live playing. The hardware is very good especially the bridge. It stayed in tune very well even while using the bar(my ESP m-302 and Iby Rg you cannot even use the bridge with out it going to shit. The strap buttons where solid they wide and fat ends. I can depend on this guitar I use the M-302 when I gig but in a different tuning. So I do gig without a back up. The finnish should hold up its seems solid unlike the Ibanez finish(which chips easily Because of the basswood body, I think)
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
From the factory the action was pretty good set up with 9's but is use 11-70's tuned to Bb so changed strings adjusted the truss rod, set the bridge and intonation, and now plays like a dream. The pups where fine where they were no adjustment needed. The only real flaws I found where a small chip in the lower horn, very tiny not noticable at all. These V shaped guitars always get nicked up on the hornes so I am not worried about it. The second is also very minor, the toggle Switch was in stalled backwards(bridge pup is when the toggle is up twards the neck) this was an easy fix took 10 mins, no need to ship it back. Giving it a 7 for the toggle issue. Other than that pretty much flaw less.
Features — 10
Features 24 frets, rosewood board, arrow head inlays, maple neck, mahogany body, flamed maple top, king V style shape, Floyd Rose special, active EMG 81's, 2 vol, 1 tone, 3 way toggle, Grover tuners. Every thing a metal player could ever want.