Price paid: $ 400
Purchased from: JC's Guitars
Sound — 10
I play rock, Indie rock, and experimental music. It plays it all great. I have had a Line 6 Spider II 150 watt that I was planning on selling after I bought the guitar. The amp has never sounded good. I plugged in the guitar. Normally the amp is supposed to help make the guitar sound better. The G&L made my amp sound better. Absolutely crazy. So full and no noise on clean. The sustain is pretty rad too. Harmonics are all in line. Compared to my friend's American Deluxe Strat, it is very close to the same sound. Very very impressive.
Overall Impression — 10
So far the guitar has matched my music very well. I have played guitar for about 5 years and own a Takamine from their Natural series. I wish I had known about G&L before I bought my last electric guitar. I had no idea that Leo Fender had started this. Sounds like an off-brand until you find that out (makes it worth researching). I only wish that it had come with the whammy bar, but it was used, so that was understandable. I absolutely love how radiant the finish is when in the light. Definitely would be cool on stage.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I haven't played it out yet, only for jamming so far. All the hardware has lasted this long, so I am hoping it will continue to last. There is normal scratches from wear and tear in the laminate. Strap buttons are right in place. I would totally gig with this.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I don't know if the action was set-up by a previous owner, but it is perfect. I put some Elixirs on it after slightly adjusting the saddles and it sounded sooooo good. Everything is put together so well. Pickups are still the same and have not been adjusted. I went through all the hardware when I first bought it and everything was in line.
Features — 10
Made in Korea in 2003 with US hardware. 22 frets with a Maple fretboard and feels great. Laminated top, swamp ash, with a blueburst finish. Very very pretty. It has the G&L Standard bridge. 3 single coil G&L pickups with a 5-way selector. The tone knobs control bass and treble, an unexpected plus.