Price paid: $ 1
Purchased from: Jim's Music, Irvine, CA
Sound — 10
Personally, I play just about all kinds of music. I like being able to Switch a channel and start playing along to my favorite metal licks, and flicking it back and playing it like an acoustic. Speaking of acoustic, this guitar has a beautiful tone and sound off the amp. Just playing it in a quiet room is awesome. The ash body tends to dry out the longer the owner has it, so the tone only improves with time. I have a 100 watt Marshall MG that fits perfect with this guitar. Although, the amazing versatility of the pickup arrangment and 5 way selector makes it easily adaptable to almost any amp setup.
Overall Impression — 10
I have been playing for a couple years, and started with an Ibanez acoustic dreadnought style guitar. I had lots of fun learning, but it was time for an electric. I play all kinds of music, everything from licks inspired from Iron Maiden and The Darkness to sharp crisp blues tones from Sublime and ZZ Top. If I starting gigging later in life, I would buy another one of these guitars to have as a solo guitar or something. Two is always better than one.
Reliability & Durability — 10
When I got this guitar home, I played it for several hours. When I was done, I put it back in the case. The next morning, I got it out again for another 3 hours - no difference from when I strummed the first chord. I don't gig, because I'm not in a band. I do have jamming buddies though, and we play a lot. It can handle everything. This guitar is extremely durable. It would probably take Pete Townsend quite a while to bust up this axe.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
When I bought the guitar, it was perfectly tuned, no scratches, dings, or smudges. It appeared freshly polished. The staff at Jim's Music in Irvine, CA take great care of all the products they sell, and have informative, amazing salespeople who offer more than enough service. The guitar was perfectly setup the first time I played it in the store. I quickly got used to the 5-way selector, normally playing a 3-way.
Features — 10
These guitars have been produced recently and will most likely remain in production for a long time. It's a beautiful ash body with a maple neck and classic Strat styling. They come in only 2 or 3 colors, but you can't go wrong with any of them. Mine is an aged cherry sunburst. Red on the edges and transparent in the middle. It is has 22 classic style frets, 2 single coil pickups, a humbucker, and a 5-way selector. This combo makes it possible to be shredding your favorite licks all night, and then turning it over to play crystal clear bluesy tones. It is an extremely well built, durable, beautiful, versatile, fun and easy to play guitar. It also came equipped with a sturdy hardshell Fender case, leather Fender strap, 10 foot instrument cable, and a whammy bar.