Price paid: £ 139.99
Purchased from: Gear4music.com
Sound — 8
I mostly play metal and this guitar not only looks the part but performs well to. I am using a Line 6 spider III with no extra pedals and what not. I dislike the amp, however my friend has a much better Line 6 (a stack) and the guitar sounds very nice on it. The Floyd Rose is great for the price and gives a good variety of sounds one can make. Very Very good when it comes to picking up harmonics, arguably its strong point.
Overall Impression — 7
I play metal, yes its a good match. 2-3 years, I used to own a Squire Strat then a Harley Benton HK somthin or other. If it were stolen I might buy another, depending on what my skill level was at the time. I love because it looks badass and its very cheap, and sound great when you consider what you paid for it. I hate its original strings, and how the trem gets loose to easy. Also its quite a chunkey guitar and a bit heavy. This guitar realy is only to bridge the gap between your first and your first decent guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 7
Will this guitar withstand live playing? Yes. Does the hardware seem like it will last? Yes but not for a very long time. Are the strap buttons solid? Very. Can you depend on it? Would you use it on a gig without a backup? You could but this is more of a practice guitar. Is the finish good enough to last, or does it seem thin and easy to wear off with lots of playing? It seems ok, but once again not great, this is not a long term guitar for the initial jump to intermediate.
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
The factory strings are horrible and will need changing ASAP. Unless you use the locking nuts it will go out of tune very fast ESP when using whammy. Screws on the back of guitar do not line up and back plate looks a tad to small for what its covering. You will need to tighten the trem up regularly as the inside screw comes loose after a while but not verry often, will do quite soon after playing for the first time however. Pickups make up for it (sort of), the get a good (not great)quality sound and are nice looking.
Features — 8
Made - 2009. Other specifications: Neck Joint: Bolt-on Body: Basswood Neck: Hard Maple Neck Fingerboard: Rosewood with 12th Fret Inlay - 25-1/2 Machine heads: Black die-cast tuners Hardware: Black Pick Ups: 2x high output humbucking pickups Controls: 1 x Volume, 1 x Tone, 3-Way Pickup Selector Switch Finish: Black Knight Gothic Satin Bridge: Floyd Rose Licensed Tremolo Comes with allen keys and 2 year warranty.