Price paid: £ 490
Purchased from: Nevada Music
Sound — 9
The sound on this is full and fat, and sounds exactly how you would expect Jim Adkins guitar to sound, I use mine through a Vox AC30 C2 which perfectly compliments the guitars sound, especially with it cranked a little. With the pickup switch in the down position, you get a tone that is quite trebly yet still manages to be warm and is perfect for pop rock, whereas in the up position you get a more bassy fatter tone, which to me sounds absolutely stunning through clean tones. The guitar is not noisy on either setting even though it uses single coil (P90) pickups, and there is plenty of variety in the tones but I do not think the guitar would be much good for metal as it just does not have that harshness. My style is mostly pop rock and this guitar is the perfect guitar for that, the AC30 compliments it and when pushed with a Proco turbo rat you can achieve a great distorted tone that is rich and harmonic yet you can still hear every note as if clean, this tone perfectly matches the one in "Beech Like The Tree" by Lower Than Atlantis.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall if you want to play pop rock/pop punk this is the guitar for you, it is versatile enough to explore other genres but I feel this is where it sits best, if it were stolen I would get another one without thinking about it. My favourite feature of the guitar is the pickups as they suit the guitar perfectly and compliment my playing style, if I had to find any flaws in it, I guess it would be that the tone knobs on the guitar do not seem to make any difference until turned down below 7, but overall a fantastic guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I think the guitar will withstand heavy playing live and everything seems solid, although cannot vouch for this as still a pretty new guitar to me.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The guitar was set up perfectly and the finish was brilliant, can't currently find any flaws with it.
Features — 9
This guitar may look like a telecaster, but plugged in the sound and feel are of something completely unique, instead of the usual standard single coil pickups this guitar contains two Seymour Duncan pickups, one "Custom Soapbar SP90-3" & one "Vintage Soapbar SP90-1", these are controlled by a three way selector switch with the middle allowing you to blend the pickups using the separate volume and tone controls for each pickup. The guitar has non locking tuners and an adjustamatic-bridge, I chose the natural finish on my particular guitar but each one has a mahogany set in neck and a semi hollow ash body.