Price paid: $ 320
Purchased from: Media Play
Sound — 9
I play metal (from Metallica to Shadows Fall) and it fits my style perfectly. I have a Peavey 15watt Rage and a Marshall 15MGFX. I use my DOD Death Metal distortion through my Peavey and it give a good sound, but through the Marshall I use the built in overdrive and it delivers perfect tone. It has a bit of feedback in the stock pickups but it is barely noticable, the neck and middle pickups have a good full sound that I recommend only for clean tone, but the bridge pickup delivers beautiful bright tone distorted or not. This guitar had good variety due to it 24 frets but does not allow a whammy bar.
Overall Impression — 10
Like I said before I play metal and it fits me perfectly. I've been playing for 3 1/2 years and have never played anything this good for this cheap of a price. This guitar actually sounds just as good as my friends $700 Epiphone Les Paul Custom. I love everything about this guitar and cant say I hate anything, I just love it. I recommend this to any guitar player.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar is really strong because when I get going I'm pretty rough on guitars and it works for me nicely. The hardware is strong and the strap buttons are as solid as a tank. I would definitely depend on this guitar without a backup, I actually sold two of my Epiphone's after I bought this because after playing this guitar then the Epiphones there was no comparision, this guitar was way better and stronger than them.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar was set up good and the pickups are good too. The bridge is nice and the guitar is pretty light weight. When I bought this guitar it contained no flaws.
Features — 8
This guitar was made last year (2004). The parts were made in China but the guitar was assembled in America. It has a 24 rosewood fret board. It has a maple neck and an alder body. It has a beautiful satin finish. Its body style is a double cutaway with a Tune-O-Matic bridge. It has a volume and a tone knob with a 5-way selector. It has single coil pickups in the neck and middle positions and a open coil humbucker at the bridge.