Sound — 8
Sound is pretty good overall, I was expecting something unamaginable when I got this guitar considering all the praise EMG pickups get. They're good and all but didn't blow me away, '81 is great for high gain tone, sometimes can both '81 and '85 can get a bit Muddy but it's probably in part by the SS amp.
Overall Impression — 6
Overal I had the Viper 100 and upgraded to the 400 for the EMG pickups, If I could pickup something different I'm not sure I would because I love the way the Viper series plays, but I could do without the active pickups, I would stay with the Viper 100 for half the price.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Guitar came with 10 guage strings which were right on, sounded nice, tunes easy, low action, which can be a downfall if tuning lower than D.