Price paid: £ 70
Purchased from: Gear4music
Sound — 8
This guitar will surprise you in its sound, running through the amp that it came with you can get a satisfactory overdrive sound and although the clean channel is a tad weak with these guitars you get what pay for and more in this case. If you fiddle with the controls you can get most sounds out of it, for the price its awesome.
Overall Impression — 8
I play everything from Death metal to blues and this is a cheap way of honing your skills as a kid, its simple yet effective design will last you until an upgrades comes along. The best thing about the guitar though is the way you become attached to it, you fall in love with its attempts to play with the big boys and it stands by you like a dog to its master. I love this guitar, its become my friend over the years (I've even named it) and that's either a sign that I need to get out more or that this is a great deal for a guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 7
Mixed reports here I'm afraid, when I first got this I ran it upstairs to me room and screwed in the whammy bar to have a mess around, after a few minutes of dancing and general fun I tried to unscrew the whammy bar and it came out with the end still in the guitar, still in there to this day. Whilst that was a let down the guitar is made out of some sort of Kevlar/Zakk Wylde's bone compound, its that hard. This is the only guitar I've owned that hasn't broke or fell to bits, no matter what you do to it it keeps playing.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
This was set up pretty well, its still very playable now despite the fact it has never been to a shop, its nice to play and there's no problems when playing for long periods of time. The action is set up low but not too low and it stands up next to its more expensive brethren very well, its not a 1000 quid Strat but its comfy and since most people buying this will be beginners that's what you want really.
Features — 7
I got this as my first guitar 3 and a half years ago so I didn't pay much attention to when it was made but I know it was made in Korea (cheap labour). It has 21 frets on a rosewood fingerboard that is surprisingly comfy to play on, the body is basswood and comes in a few colours (mines black). Pretty much the same things you see on most starter guitars including 2 volume and 1 tone controls and S/S/S set up pickups. Mine came in a set with a 15watt amp, cable, bag, strap and tools, the amp is pretty damn good for the price but the rest of the gear broke within the first week.