Price paid: € 629
Purchased from: Raahen Musiikki
Sound — 8
Suits my style pretty much perfect. I play mostly metal, Trivium, Bullet, Pantera and COB. The guitar is meant for metal. You can get a pretty nice clean sound from it, but if you're looking for a guitar with great clean sound, this guitar is not for you. The thing is pretty noisy. I'm running it trough Microcube and RP350 pedal. It has a nice heavy sound in it. There is only one pickup, so it may limit your playing style. I don't personally use neck pickup much, but two is always better.
Overall Impression — 8
This is a nice guitar. Suits for me perfectly. I've been playing about 2 1/2 years and this is the best guitar I've had so far.The only thing that annoys me is the floyd. If this guitar would be stolen, I would propably hunt the bitch down, make him/her regret that he/she stole it and take my guitar back. The guitar has lasted til' now, so I think it's going to last as atleast ten years. I wouldn't use it without a backup, because anything happen. If you're looking for a nice v-guitar with 700 euros, I would recommend this.
Reliability & Durability — 7
The guitar is great. Only problem is the Floyd. It's ESP licence so it ain't perfect, but it'll hold your tuning pretty nicely, if you set-up it right. Strap locks seem solid enough. The locking nuts are made of cheap material, the strings have left their mark on them. It's kind of a disappointing. I was able to break the neck(the guitar fell off from a chair.) But I got it fixed by a guitar expert. No guitar could probably last if it would fall as badly as my guitar.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Guitar was set-up perfectly when I got it. I didn't notice any flaws. The tuning was set-up perfectly. Pickups were adjusted nicely. I have no thing to complain in this section. Guitar should always come set up like this. Of course this was bought from the local music shop, so the factory set-up was propably f--ked up.
Features — 8
Const./Scale: Set-Neck / 25.5" Body: Basswood Neck/FB: Maple / Rosewood Nut-Type/Width: FR Locking / 42mm Neck-Shape: Thin U Inlays: Sawtooth Frets: 24 XJ Hardware: Black Nickel Tuners: ESP-LTD Bridge/Tailpiece: Floyd Rose Licensed Pickups: Seymour Duncan Blackout Active Electronics: Vol Colors: W-BLKB Made in China(Unfortunately)