Metal V review by Gear4Music

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  • Sound: 4
  • Overall Impression: 3
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 7
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 5.8 Decent
  • Users' score: 2.8 (11 votes)
Gear4Music: Metal V
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Price paid: £ 89.99

Purchased from: gear4music

Sound — 4
As you have probobly guessed, this guitar makes an avrage sound when it comes to rock and metal. I used to play it through a Gear4Music 35 watt amp which came with the guitar package. It was fairly crap and broke within the first year(I was a beginner then) I then started to play it through a White Horse GT112 60 watt amp which was much better. The guitar comes with 2 open humbuckers which don't give you a good sound if you decide to play anything other than hard rock and metal and even then they don't give an impressive tone. Its volume and tone control knobs dont do much to the sound other than make it shut up all together (both knobs turned down)but the pick-up selector gives a more noticeable difference. The bridge pick-up on its own sounds muffled, the neck pick-up sounds very "Angus Young" but I'm still not impressed with it and when you have both pick-ups selected it starts to sound like a guitar. Overall, not impressed with the sound.

Overall Impression — 3
At the end of the day, its a gear4music. A music dealer which has had a go at making a musical instrument. 10 out of 10 for a good try but I'm afraid its a miss. I play a wide variety of styles from classical to metal and have done for about 3 and a half years, this was my first electric guitar and at the time because it was v shaped I thought it was the best guitar in the world but it soon dawned on me that its nothing but eye candy and if you play quite well I suggest that you invest in a higher quality guitar.

Reliability & Durability — 7
I would not recommend this guitar for live playing just because it sounds bad. Other than that, it wouldn't brake on you (mine still hasn't broke and iv had mine since I can remember) strap buttons are fairly solid and the hardware is INDESTRUCTIBLE. The finish will scratch easy but it don't have a pick guard so I expect it to scrape.

Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The guitar had a surprisingly good build quality. All the pick ups were adjusted correctly, the neck was correctly allied with the body. The finish was stunning, very shiny. The only down side with the build quality was that it didn't tune very well and the strings that came with it were terrible (but then again, most factory strings are poor).

Features — 8
This was my first guitar which a got in a beginning package for Christmas. It came with a s*** 35 watt amp, replacement strings, a gig bag (which the guitar doesn't fit in) and some plectrums. It has 22 frets and is made from basswood and maple. It has a HardTail Strat style bridge with a whammy bar and floating tremolo.It has volume and tone knobs and a pick-up selector, so overall it comes welkl equiped.

15 comments sorted by best / new / date

    The^Unforgiven
    Despite some confusion about the guitar's tremolo, overall I thought this was a pretty good review. Honest, but not bashing. After all, it's a sub-100 guitar - what can you expect?
    Linkerman
    The^Unforgiven wrote: Despite some confusion about the guitar's tremolo, overall I thought this was a pretty good review. Honest, but not bashing. After all, it's a sub-100 guitar - what can you expect?
    Yep, the tremolo part is quite confusing... But apart from that, this is a pretty good review. For once, the ratings seem appropriate. Kudos to xgm319 . You did a good job reviewing this guitar.
    lordrcceaser
    Ok i know that this is a pretty good reveiw for UG, but doesn't anyone think this is still a pretty high rating for a pretty poor instrument. Maybe UG should start the rating scale at 5 as nothing ever gets lower than that. But that aside this is a unusually truthful review that isn't hindered by the owners love for their new axe, good job.
    Fender Dane.
    lordrcceaser wrote: Ok i know that this is a pretty good reveiw for UG, but doesn't anyone think this is still a pretty high rating for a pretty poor instrument. Maybe UG should start the rating scale at 5 as nothing ever gets lower than that. But that aside this is a unusually truthful review that isn't hindered by the owners love for their new axe, good job.
    The reason why the score is still relatively high is becaue some of the sub scores weight out the score of 4 in the sound department. Don't let the number fool you.
    Seref
    You know a guitar is gonna suck when its brand name is "Gear4Music."
    kodadak
    the first time I've heard someone bash a V-shaped guitar, you sir, are a gentleman and a scholar.
    xgm319
    sorry for the bad description of the bridge. what I meant was it has the same type of bridge as a standard stratocaster
    rv_phoenix
    Seref wrote: You know a guitar is gonna suck when its brand name is "Gear4Music."
    Anything that bears this name sucks. Have you tried the amps?
    brunhildamuller
    there is a sinister reason for gear4music being so cheap....those are thieves who endlessly resell the very same item...if you have received the item it means that they have your address now and they might get "their" guitar back, very soon... but most of their "customers" (victims) never receive the item they have paid for, cause gear4music usually "works" together with ukmail thieves.... endlessly re-selling the same item... for 10 they obtain "proof of posting" from ukmail, but the instrument never leaves the shop.... they keep on reselling it ....if you complain to gear4music they show you "proof of posting" (good value for money: cost them just 10, and they can keep goods worth hundreds and thousands of pounds) .... this is "as far as their concern goes"...but if you complain to their partners at ukmail you can only do so by calling the premium phone number which is never answered.....from their point of view this is better (cheaper) than catch22....it is catch10...