Price paid: $ 553
Purchased from: Steve's Music
Sound — 8
I play loud rock and metal, and this guitar is made for it. Playing through a Line-6 Flextone II, with a Vox Wah. The EMG's give very little noise, they are silent until the gain + distortion are at absolute maximum. Humbuckers + mahogany body gives a full, thick sound. It's a rock n roll guitar, and makes rock n roll sounds! Pinch-harmonics come off well.
Overall Impression — 10
A real meat n potatoes axe! Nothing fancy, but you don't need fancy to rock. The perfect guitar for loud rock, great value for the price. I have been playing for 5 years, previous guitar was a Yamaha Pacifica. Would definitely buy it again if stolen. Favorite features include the tapered body top (easy on the forearm), and sheared horns allow easy access to high frets. Also like having the strap knob on the back rather than on the end of the horn. I chose this guitar over an SG, it was cheaper, but offered the same goods. Someday I might change the EMG's to be active...
Reliability & Durability — 8
The guitar itself can take a whoopin. Pickup housings cracked around the screws within a week of buying it. Paint on screws came off right away, but the guitar finish is on thick. G string tuner also has problems / doesn't hold string well. Everything else is perfect. I'd be comfortable without a backup, but would have one anyway.
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
Played fine out of the store. I don't know enough about if pickups were properly adjusted, etc. Only complaint is that the G string has slight intonation problems at certain parts of the neck.
Features — 10
Made in late 90's / early 2000, in Korea; 24 frets (jumbo); Volume, Tone, 3-way pickup selector; Two EMG-HZ High Impedance humbuckers (non-active); Mahogany body and neck; Black finish; Body shaped like a Gibson SG, but sheared; Tune-O-Matic bridge; regular tuners; Neck scale 24.75, rosewood.