Price paid: £ 1300
Purchased from: regent sound studio
Sound — 10
This guitar suits my style perfectly which is Texas blues, blues-rock and a little rock, the pickups perfectly give you that hard hitting twang to hard hitting SRV tone. I think where this guitar really shines is on medium Fender style overdrive settings not so much shred distortion although I have achieved a very good shred tone with this guitar on pickup position 4 (neck and middle). The neck is deep and thick which for me is the perfect feel for those huge bends! This guitar scorches the pickups have a tight bass, big midrange and high treble. Gives you the SRV sound, hit them hard! I would rate at: Treble: 7 Middle: 9 Bass: 6 Output: for single coils higher (there overwound for a HOT sound!)
Overall Impression — 10
This guitar is my pride 'n' joy! If anything happened to it I would go insane and would deffo buy it again. My favorite feature is the neck/feel and sound the feel is beautiful it suits my death grip perfectly. It was a choice between this and a Gibson LP Standard and for me this wiped the floor with the Les, the tone had that ooomph I was looking for, when I picked up this guitar I knew it was the one I got that feeling! Overall for me the perfect guitar!
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar does indeed feel extremely hardy and I believe could withstand gigging. The hardware is very well built and could probably withstand a nuclear blast. Strap stays on no matter what and I would definitely gig this without a backup, it feels extremely well made and sounds it too. The finish is impeccable.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The factory set-up was amazing. The action was at the high end of normal/low end of high. Pickups perfectly adjusted and set. Absolutely no flaws. How ever for me this set up was not for me as I like a high action and heavy strings so I had the guitar set up with a 7/64ths action all the way through with 11-50 handmade pure nickel strings.
Features — 10
Year: 2008 Made: USA Neck: thick oval shape with 21 jumbo frets(the frets are pretty big) Fretboard: pau ferro similar to rosewood The bridge saddles are Vintage along with a beautiful left handed Vintage tremolo system and I have to say having it this way is much easier, just feels like your hand naturally reaches there. The pups in this guitar are absolutely brilliant HOT sounding Texas Special pickups from the custom shop that absolutely scorch. You have one volume two tone controls along with a 5 way pickup selector. The case is a massive bonus an made in USA original Fender case P.S. The neck is a 12 degree radius which is flatter than Vintage which is 7.25 and American Standard at 9.5.