Price paid: $ 426.6
Purchased from: Long & McQuade
Sound — 8
The guitar is well suited to many playing styles but isn't amazing at delivering very smooth tones nor a specifically high output. The humbuckers don't split when played in conjunction with the single coil which causes buzz, and the single coil buzzes (as all singles do). The sustain is very good for a guitar with a tremolo. All in all, it's very versatile and perfect for someone who isn't restricted to playing with only tone.
Overall Impression — 10
I play many types of music ranging from freeform to classical. This guitar obviously isn't going to go well with classical music but it is extremely versatile as far as tone goes, so it suits almost all styles of music demanding an electric guitar. I've been playing for two years now and own a Vox AD50VT, a Behringer X V-AMP, and a Yamaha starter pack. I like how the controls are very well placed in an accessible place, but not too close so that you'll accidentally flick the pickup Switch when playing (the curse of the Strat). I dislike the lack of a locking nut, but the guitar stays in tune well as long as you don't abuse the tremolo. The guitar is also very attractive and very easy to play because of the neck profile. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a great guitar!
Reliability & Durability — 8
Any guitar can withstand live playing, and this one is no exception. The hardware seems durable, however the lack of a pickguard can mean an accumulation of pick stratches. The strap buttons are rather small because they're made to have the male end of the Schaller strap locks installed in them. For an extra 10 bucks you can get a set of Schallers and have foolproof strap buttons. The finish will not wear off, but with enough scratches it's possible to cause noticeable damage to the finish. Most won't have trouble with it but aggressive players may want to opt for installing a pickguard.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The guitar was set-up by the store, but the neck had become slightly misaligned. Through regular playing the neck has moved back into the proper position. Otherwise the guitar was flawless when I bought it.
Features — 9
This guitar was made in Canada (Lapatrie, Quebec) and in New Hampshire, New England. The serial number says it was made in 2006 but I bought it in 2005. The guitar has a rosewood fretboard but is also available in maple. The frets are medium sized, niceley bevelled, and there are 22. The finish is an awesome blue flame maple veneer on top of a solid maple center with poplar wings. The neck is solid maple and bolted onto the body with a direct wood-to-wood connection. The classic has a classic Strat style tremolo but the Freeway Floyd is equipped with a licensed FR whammy. Two Godin humbuckers and one Godin single coil make up the HSH configuration and there is also one tone and one volume control (chrome knobs). The gig bag included is of amazing quality! Very niceley padded with comfortable backpack straps, large pockets and a neck brace. Comes equipped with Schaller strap buttons (the male part of the strap lock isn't included) and sealed Godin tuners. The nut is made of synthetic ivory.