Price paid: $ 179
Purchased from: sams club
Sound — 5
I play along the lines of Switchfoot and Relient K. With the tone knobs and the setting knobs on my Fender Frontman 25R amp, I can come close to those sounds. Very solid guitar for the price. It is no real Strat by any means, but if you're just starting out you can't go wrong.
Overall Impression — 7
A great begginer guitar. Everything you need to get started. I learned on this guitar (self-taught) and my frinds are impressed. It looks like a Strat, so that in itself is a plus. But I'm saving to get an Epi Les Paul Custom. If it were stolen I would definently be sad. It's been my guitar since November (I named her Lena after a girlfriend. Lol) And it has sentimental value, but as a rocking/recording/live guitar, no. It just doesn't have a powerful sound, and it's tuners are worthless. Great practice/begginer guitar! You can't go wrong for the price.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I did gig this once. Big suprise, it came out of tune. I've had it since mid November and have played it every day. It still plays very good. My biggest problem was how easy the stock strings break, but I put on some D'Addirio's and fixed that problem. Next big issue is tuning. Buy new tuners. Replace the stock strap and add strap locka and you're set. But this can take a beating. I've dropped this dozens of times and it still plays good. Haven't had any problems with the pickups. This is a good workhorse.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
Action is ok. Tuners suck though. String bends or playing for about 15 minutes will cause it to go out of tune. I took out my trem bar and it's better, but I'm gonna upgrade soon. The stock strap tears easy. I bought a Levy's and it stays on. Would definently recomend strap locks. Overall it was a decent guitar right out of the box.
Features — 7
Came with a gig bag, 10' cable, Sq 10 practice amp with headphones, picks, extra strings, tuner, strap, and a DVD. Most of these accessories are poor quality, and I would suggest upgrading the strap, strings, and cable.