Price paid: $ 150
Purchased from: Walmart
Sound — 4
The guitar does not have much quality to its sound. It doesn't do well for any genre. I play a lot of metal and some rock with it. I used to play it on a terrible $10 First Act amp. Between the two, the sound wasn't worth plugging in for. Now I play it on my Fender Frontman 15G amp. It sounds a bit better on it but nothing like a Fender or even a Squier. The best style to play with this guitar would probably be punk. The only reason I can really see for that is it manages to play power chords decently.
Overall Impression — 3
I bought this guitar becasue it was my first. I bought it from Wal-Mart so there really wasn't much of a selection. I wish I had shopped around a little bit and maybe looked at some of the other entry level guitars before buying this one. If it was stolen I wouldn't care all that much. I would buy something a bit better like a Squier or an Epiphone. I do like the colors of this guitar (military green and black) but color is the least important feature. I've compared this to a Squier Strat and the Strat blows it away. I also with this guitar had come with an amplifier or something making it worth the $150 price tag.
Reliability & Durability — 2
The output on the guitar broke after about five months of playing. It really isn't worth repairing so I just deal with it. The hardware is the cheapest they could produce. I recently borrowed a Strat from my friend to play and I deeply regret not buying the Strat Pack instead of this monstrosity. The finish on the fretboard is starting to wear off as well. The strap buttons are very strong and made out of steel, a definite plus from this guitar. I would not count on this guitar at a gig even as a backup. It is just too unreliable and the sound is weak.
Action, Fit & Finish — 2
Everything seemed to be put together decently on the guitar. The G string tuning peg is very loose and the string loses its tune in just a few minutes. The guitar is made out of plywood but what do you expect from First Act? Also, the tone knob sticks. The hardware was also a little rusty when I got it.
Features — 2
I bought this guitar at Walmart for $150. It's a 21 fret, Standard sized guitar with a Telecaster body. It is made out of plywood and has one pickup, a volume, and a tone knob. I got two useless strings that broke when I tried to put them in the guitar, two tools, and a tips and tricks CD with this guitar.