Price paid: $ 913.17
Purchased from: Sound Control
Sound — 10
This is the perfect balance, enough meat without being harsh, nice balance between bass middle and treble frequencies on the pickups which distort well. It does clean just as well, nice and creamy while still keeping a distinct edge. If youve ever heard Razorlight, the two tones arent dissimilar to that. The variety of tones is fairly versatile, more so than a les paul which is a little brash, or a Strat which is a bit thin sometimes. It's an in the middle guitar, but in a good way.
Overall Impression — 8
Hell Yeah. I play in a jazz rock Indie fusion band so I need a good balance between dirty and clean, plus I like having a slightly unusual guitar without it looking stupid. My amp is a Marshall Mg50, no effects, just the good ol boss tune pedal thingy. My other guitar is just a plain old Mexi Strat. If I didnt like the look of Jazzmasters or 72 Telecaster Deluxes so much, I could easily get away with just sticking these two for the long term future.
Reliability & Durability — 8
There is no plastic finish over the body, like on a Strat or more traditional les paul, just sealed and stained wood, so it is quite easy to put superficial dents in it. This isnt such a big deal, and the guitar is built to be quite tough. The strap buttons are a little small, so be careful there. Other than that, this could probably survive a small nuclear war.
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
The setup was incredible, but I had to sort out the intonation on two of the strings. Also at the highest fret, the high e string would get fretted over the neck p/up, so I had to lower that. I also seem to be having trouble getting the g string to stay in tune, but this could be because the guitar shopkeep couldnt restring a guitar to save his life. No offence, or anything. Other than that it was all quite funky.
Features — 10
22 frets, mahogany body, trans red finish, 2 p90s, tuneomatic bridge, 2 volume pots, 2 tone pots, gib deluxe machine heads. Oh yeah, and the pickup selector has a really satisfying click behind it. Nice. It has a shape not unlike a PRS if it ever had kids with a les paul. You get all the fatness you need like a les paul, but you have unhindered access to every single fret like an SG. Which is also quite nice.