Price paid: £ 999
Purchased from: Professional Music Technology In Birmingham
Sound — 10
This guitar suits my music style as I play anything from Cannibal Corpse to BB King. Using a Engl screamer 50 watt combo I was able to get excellent hard rock and metal tones. This guitar also has a phenomenal blues tone with a added touch of reverb. The cleans from this guitar are also fantastic giving of the feeling of a warm glow. Unfortunately I do not have many effects but using a wah pedal can get a good funky sound. These pickups are absolutely amazing they are the best and most versatile pickups I have ever heard.
Overall Impression — 9
This guitar is a perfect match for my versatile playing style. I have been playing for around a year and a half and own a SG Standard and a '52 reissue Telecaster. If it was stolen/lost I would defiantly buy another. I love everything about this guitar, It was that good I bought it without trying anything else. Finally The SG Diablo is a devilishly good guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 9
The diablo will withstand Live playing at an ease. The hardware all seems sturdy along with the strap buttons although I always use strap locks. The finish looks like it will last a lifetime and stay a beautiful shade of red. This guitar would be reliable enough to gig without a backup.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The diablo was setup perfectly extremely low action with perfect pickup height. All the routs are neat and tidy. There where absolutely no flaws with this guitar the only thing I can nitpick at is the number out of a thousand is stamped into the back of the headstock and then painted over sloppily to highlight it with silver paint.
Features — 9
This guitar was made January 16th 2008 by Gibson, it was manufactured in the USA. It has 24 frets and has the usual Gibson scale length of 23 3/4 Inch's with a 12 inch radius. It has a solid mahogany body and neck with a rosewood fingerboard. This guitar features a nitrocellulose metallic red finish. The diablo has the iconic SG shape for fantastic upper fret access with a tune-o-matic bridge. This guitar features Gibson's passive burstbuckers with tone and volume controls with a 3 way Switch. Also it has grover tuners, this guitar came with a free hardcase and the usual reading paraphernalia.