Price paid: C$ 180
Purchased from: Steve's Music Store
Sound — 9
I have no CURRENT style, but with the stuff I've tested out, it sounds nice. I picked up a Roland Cube 20XL as my amp, and together, they sound great! With the 5 different pickup combinations, and all the stuff on the amp, I'm happy. The acoustic simulator sounds great, the OD, and metal modes sound amazing. The EQ really changes it, and I've been able so far to get the following sounds: Classic, country, rock, metal, heavy metal etc. I hear NO fret buzz whatsoever. The sound on the JC clean channel is nice too.
Overall Impression — 9
As I said, I want to play rock and heavy rock, and possibly some jazz and blues, and it seems like the guitar can do the job. I have been practicing for about 2-3 months, but mostly on an acoustic. I'd go to my best friend's house and end up practicing with her dad on his guitar. I have no current problems. If it were stolen and I had cash, I'd probably go for it, as it wasn't so expensive. I compared it to a Les Paul Standard 100 (Epiphone), an Ibanez GIA (I think) and a local brand called Godin. This was, I think the lightest, the action is the best, and it was the cheapest. It also had the most pickups. I was debating ultimately between this, and the Epiphone. I also have a padded bag, with many compartments, my Beatles strap, headphones not to piss everybody off, my Roland Cube 20XL and some picks! I am quite happy.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I have no judgement about the live playing, but I'd use at as it feels nice to me. As I said, I'm still a beginner, so for now, I can't judge TOO much. The buttons are holding fine with my beautiful leather Beatles strap, but I have read reviews that they aren't great, so it worries me. I think the finish wears off, but I'm planning to clean it soon.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The action is quite small, which is nice for a beginner. Pickups: 2 Single-Coil Pickups (Neck/Mid), 1 Humbucking Pickup (Bridge). I see no flaws. I showed my first and new guitar off to quite a few people and the comment overall is that it seems good wood was used, and the neck is amazing, as the truss rod is fine. Only problem I have (my possible OCD) is that the pick-guard has a few scratches and it's less than a week old, but I use it often, so it may be my fault. The guitar was all set up on purchase.
Features — 8
I'm not sure what year it was made in, but I know it was made in China. (These days, most things are, but it's fine!) I am a beginner, so this is my opinion. The features, I copied from the site: - Body: Alder - Neck: Maple, C-Shape, (Polyurethane Finish) - Fingerboard: Rosewood, 9.5" Radius (241 mm) - No. Of Frets: 21 Medium Jumbo - Pickups: 2 Single-Coil Pickups (Neck/Mid), 1 Humbucking Pickup (Bridge) - Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Middle Pickup) - Machine Heads: Standard Die-Cast Tuners - Hardware: Chrome - Pickguard: 1-Ply White (06), - Unique Features: Large Headstock 60s Style Headstock, - Strings: Fender Super 250L, (.009 to.042) Nickel Plated Steel, P/N 073-0250-003 It came with nothing but 10 picks (courtesy of the store), some adjustment tools, and the whammy bar which I can't seem to put on.