Price paid: $ 457.5
Purchased from: Ron's Music
Sound — 10
I tend to play metal music of all varieties, from thrash metal to death metal, and this guitar copes. It doesn't specifically suited to one type of music, it's kinda like a Strat: performs to adequate standards with almost any type of music; however this performs better than adequate. I have tried a bit of punk rock and even some accoustic-ish style riffs and the F20T's pickups deliver fantastic sound.
Overall Impression — 10
For somebody who has been playing over a year and a half, I have to say, it suits me prefectly, easy to play, comfortable and, unlike metal guitars (which was what I was hoping for, Jackson JS30 WR Warrior). I'm unlikely to put my own eye out playing. If it were stolen or lost, I would definately buy another. I have never held in my hands, a guitar as good as that. And, when looking for my new guitar, I tried a lot. From 50 Strat knock offs to 4000 Semi-Accoustics and Les Pauls, but the little 250 Hagstrom from a small shop in Darlington, won me over.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar will stand up to live playing like I stand up full stop. Tough as hell, can take a knock or two, and has never had any problems so far as reliability is concerned. It's because of that, that I wouldn't use it Live with no back up. Not that I don't trust the guitar, just that I would never gig without a backup anyway, but if nothing's gone wrong yet, When it's essential that nothing does go wrong, seems like a good time for it to break.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
I couldn't have asked for this guitar to be better when I got it. The action was just perfect, slightly lower than on the Strat, but not so low that it causes any type of buzz from nearby frets. The pickups are just superb! every single note is picked up by these. They are a thing of God, they are just biblically good. As for the finish, this is where the tiniest problem occurs; on the pickguard, there was a scratch, tiny little scratch, when I got it. But I really didn't care, this was the best guitar I've held in my hands and a tiny little scratch wasn't gonna stop me gettin it.
Features — 8
Perhaps not one of the best known guitar makes, but they churn out some fantastic guitars. One of which was my Christmas 2007 present, the F20T. It is something of an advancement from entry level, something between entry level and intermediate skill levels, though it is of extremely good quality and could be used at any gig with the crowd still begging for more. Mine came perfectly set up, with a comfortable action and I even got a quick lesson on the effects that the tone and volume can have (but that was a personal thing from the shop owner, since I seemed like a nice guy I suppose.