Price paid: $ 949
Purchased from: Sam Ash Music
Sound — 10
I run this through a Crate VTX212B 100W amplifier (as well as a Vox AD100VT 2X12). Effects include (in order): ISP Decimator, MXR SuperComp, Metal Muff with Top Boost, DigiTech Grunge, MXR Carbon Copy, Boss CH-1, and BBE Sonic Stomp. I run a Boss GE-7 and another ISP Decimator through the effects loop of the Crate (which is the amp I use for most high gain sounds). Guitar sounds awesome through both amps. The clean sound is amazing and the distortion is just what you'd expect from the EMGs. At low gain settings I only use the first decimator to eliminate finger noise and any microphonic sound (works like a charm w/o sucking any tone). The second decimator keeps my distorted sounds pristine.
Overall Impression — 10
I've been playing over 20 years. I play blues, classic rock, '80s metal, grunge/alternative, and a bit of numetal. This guitar can handle it all. I also own an Ibanez AFS75 Artcore hollowbody (awesome guitar), a highly modified Squire Affinity Stratocaster, and an Ovation 1861-LX. Amps include the aforementioned Crate and Vox amps as well as a Roland Micro Cube, Hartke AC-75, and a Kustom Quad 100W 2X12. This is my main guitar and the best I've ever owned. I actually bought it on a whim after reading a Jim Root interview! If it were lost or stolen I'd definitely replace it without blinking an eye. In fact, I'll probably pick up a second one to keep in drop D.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Spent 6 months of Live gigs w/o a hitch. Hardware seems durable. No tuning/intonation issues. Strap buttons are fine. I never gig w/o a backup regardless of the guitar I'm using, but in a pinch I would. Finish has held up so far, but I'm anal about wiping it down after use and cleaning it regularly.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Near perfect set-up, the guitar had a Standard set of 0.09s which I replaced with a set of EB regular slinkys (0.10-46). Tweaking was minimal. Intonation was dead on as was pickup adjustment. Had to tighten the input jack and tension on tuners as well as the pickup selector, but nothing major. No tension rod adjustment was required. Finish was flawless. Frets were well-dressed.
Features — 10
Mahogany body, maple C shape neck, ebony fingerboard, 22 Dunlop 6100 jumbo frets, EMG 60 (neck) and 81 (bridge) pickups, Fender Deluxe locking tuners, black 6-saddle HardTail bridge with string-thru body. Black hardware, master volume knob and 3-way pickup switch, flat body finish (white with black pickguard), 25.5" scale, black tweed case with red plush interior.