Price paid: $ 1259
Purchased from: Drum City Guitar Land
Sound — 10
Running through a Line 6 Spider II, the guitar produces a great full and deep sound with distortion and overdrive, with no noise when running through the bridge EMG 81. However when running clean on the neck 81, the tone is fairly bright, and for an improved clean tone it is advisable to "upgrade" to an EMG 60, with a slightly warmer sound. The guitar can handle itself playing everything from blues to classic rock, however truly excels when playing metal, in standard or dropped tunings.
Overall Impression — 10
I primarily play metal, but open to other genres, yet guitars versatility has allowed all genres to sound brilliant, despite it's slightly bright clean neck tone. The guitars body shape is often compared to a Gibson/Epiphone SG, but the Viper is slightly thicker and slanted, giving it a far more reliable and comfortable feel.
Reliability & Durability — 10
The guitar is built like a rock, and feels very solid, yet is very light. The black Goth hardware is well fitted, and I have had no problems with the stop tail piece. The strap buttons are also solidly finished, giving the guitar a very strong feel, and the finish is once again flawless, and has yet to surcome to any wear or tear. Despite always gigging with a back-up, if this was the only guitar avaliable I would not question its reliability. The tuners are secure, the brige solid and I would have no problem walking on stage knowing there is no replacement.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I can not comment as the guitar was not straight out of the box, and set-up before being delivered, therefore my comments upon the action are irrelevant. However in terms of finish, the guitar was flawless, with a very well cut nut, very quiet pick-up selector, and very solid controls. Upon receiving the guitar, I have yet to find any major or minor flaws.
Features — 10
- Set neck - Scale: 24.75 - Body: Mahogany - Neck/fretboard: mahogany/ebony - Inlays: dots w/ESP at 12th fret - Pickups: EMG-81 active set - Electronics: volume, tone, 3-way toggle - Hardware: black and Sperzel locking tuners - Bridge: gotoh tune-o-matic w/stop tailpiece - Binding: white (neck, headstock) - Frets: 24 XJ - Colors: black, camo, urban camo.