Price paid: $ 200
Purchased from: Pianos 'N' Stuff (Pittsburgh)
Sound — 10
I play most kinds of metal and rock, and this guitar fits both styles well. I've never really played much else on it, though, but from screwing around with it I can tell you that it would probably sound good for blues. The humbuckers handle all distortion well, and it also sounds great played clean. I'm using it through a DigiTech RP80 and a Sunn Beta Lead, and there are no problems with this guitar on either of those. The humbuckers give it more of a rich sound, but if you know how to adjust the amp and play with the knobs on the guitar, you can get it sound any way you want. I have no comlaints here.
Overall Impression — 10
For rock and metal, this guitar fits the bill, looks the part, and takes the cake (as well as other three-word phrases with "the" in the middle). I have been palying it for about six months. I ahve n regrets in buying this guitar. All I can say is that is owns the Ibanez GAX70, the other guitar I was considering. If someone stole it, I'd hunt them down, corner them, and beat the hell out of them with a brick. Or I'd get another one. Either way sounds good. As for what I wish it had, I'd have to go with a $100 bill dispenser, or maybe a built-in home theater system. But as for music-related stuff, it has all I need.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I've never played a gig with this guitar, because I don't have a band, but It hasn't broken yet, so I trust it. THe harware looks great, the finish looks durable, it's good.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The action was great when I got it, but after a month or so it got a little buzz. I've since dealt with that. The pickups were fine. Strangely, though, my volume knob doesn't work. That doesn't affect me much, but I thought it was worth noting. Other than that, the guitar is great.
Features — 8
- 24 frets - Bolt-on neck - Rosewood fingerboard, rest of neck is maple - Agathis body - Black finish - SG-style double cutaway, but kind of tilted to one side like the other Viper models - Tune-O-Matic bridge - One tone, one volume, three-way toggle - Two ESP LH-100 humbuckers - Nothing was included. My only comment is that the knobs have no numbers on them, wihich is kind of annoying.