Price paid: $ 552.992
Purchased from: Oshtugon Computers, Inc.
Sound — 10
I play southern metal, with a blend of heavy rock. This guitar goes from heavy, to heavier, and then to straight out clean. Probably the best clean sound I've heard. I run this through my Line 6 PODXT Live, through a 2X12 and it sounds amazing. Through the boogie, this sounds like heaven. Sounds better, actually, than my B.C Rich warlock. I could not believe it a first either. I asked my other guitar player to try it out, and he said it sounds just like, if not better, than a Les Paul. Never noisy, with a full, rich sound. this guitar can make any noise I want it to. All of my harmonics sound pure, all of my tapping sounds great, it really can pick up any sound.
Overall Impression — 10
When I first got this guitar into the store, I opened it and instantly fell in love. However, I was worried that it would not match my sound, or compare in any way to my old guitar. I have been playing for 3 years and own enough gear to get me by. If this guitar was stolen, I would cry, and then buy another one. I love everything about this guitar, but most of all, love the weight and feel of it. Yes, it's heavy, but hell is it comfortable. Like I said, I compared this to my B.C. Rich, and it sounds better. I chose this because of the sound, and because of the tone. You can't possibly imagine, until playing it for real. I do not wish anything of this guitar, except that I had the money for more of them. This guitar is amazing. Enough said. If you haven't played it yet, you should. You won't be disappointed (unless you play it out of a crappy amp or something).
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar will take slips trips and falls to a whole new level. It can withstand touring the world, and come back still in tune. The hardware is solid, the strap buttons are solid, and I can depend on this to the end of the world. The finish does seem thin, but not easy to wear off. Haven't stopped playing it since I got it, even the pickguard doesnt't have scratches yet. Best guitar made ever.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The guitar was flawless when I got it. The action was perfect and the neck was set amazingly. Everything on this guitar when I opened it, was perfect. I have no complaints here at all. Action was perfect, pickups were awesome. It really sounds too good to be true, but it's not.
Features — 10
This guitar was made in 2007 (probably in China, but unsure, as it doesn't have a "Made in China" sticker on it). This is a 22-fret 24.75" scale with jumbo frets on a Hagstrom Resinator fretboard, ebony of course. The body is 45mm and made of solid mahogany. The neck is a flush set mahogony neck, with a 10mm carved mahogony top. Probably the most comfortable guitar I have ever played. The finish is like none I've ever seen. Well, I have, but only on PRS and Les Paul's. It is a transparent wild cherry finish with all chrome hardware. The ebony coloured fretboard really makes this axe stand out. The body is similar to a Les Paul, as was the original idea of this guitar. The bridge is a Long Travel Tune-O-Matic with a Hagstrom Stop Tail Piece and 6 Individual Brass String Blocks. It feels really great when palm muting, and is very out of the way when playing normally. It comes Standard with a 3-way pickup selector as well as a nifty little Switch that is called a "tone-filter toggle" It makes the clean sound asbsolutely amazing, and gives the distortion a little more brightness. This guitar has hot pickups. The custom 58' huumbuckers sound amazing. They resonate incredibly. For soloing, it sings, and for crunchy rhythm it stays true. Tuners are non-locking custom Hagstrom tuners, but I've never had this go out of tune. Even playing song after song, the tuning stays tight. Comes Standard with a Hagstrom "hag case". It's a hardshell case that looks like it was made from my grandma's drapes, but, I like the interior. It is a solidly built case, but unfortunately, I cannot get it in any other colours. Other than that, this is probably the nicest guitar I've played.