Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 10
My music style is heavy metal, hard rock, and anything that's crazy to play on guitar. This guitar seems to have meen made for classic rock, or soft type music. I can play stairway to heaven on guitar, and this guitar is perfect for that song. It wouldn't be great for playing music like Dragonforce. It just doesnt't feel right when I play that style on this guitar. I use this guitar with a Crate 50 watt amp, a DigiTech Grunge distortion, or a DigiTech hothead distortion. Those items give this guitar a rich and full sound just right for classic rock, and it also sounds amazing on the clean setting. The 2 tone knobs, 1 volume knob, and a tone Switch give this guitar as much variety as it needs.
Overall Impression — 9
This isnt a good match for all of the music I play, only for soft music or classic rock music. I have been playing guitar for almost 2 years now and I would say I'm pretty good at it. I also own a B\.C\. Rich Masterpiece Mockingbird, a Squier '51 Strat, an off brand Strat, an Ibanez bass, a Drive bass, an off brand acoustic, a Behringer half stack, and two distortion pedals. I wish I would have bought something to fit my music style better. If it were stolen from me I would buy something different if I could get the money. I love how this guitar is perfect on clean mode, and perfect with soft distortion. I don't like how I can't play Dragonforce type music on it.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar will withstand Live playing if you give it some strap locks. This guitar started out with really small strap buttons that in some cases wouldn't be very reliable. I could use this guitar at a gig without a backup, but only if it was a gig with all soft or classic rock music. The finish on this guitar is perfect enough to last a long time. Mine was made a couple years ago and it has no signs of wearing off.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
This guitar was set up very well at the factory, no dents or mistakes that I have seen so far. I bought this guitar used and the only problem it has is a little dent near the strap button. The pickups are adjusted very well, but also could be better. It has a proberly bookmatched top and a perfectly routed bridge. Basically there are no problems that I can think of about this guitar, other than it may be a little too heavy for some peoples interestes, but it is fine for me.
Features — 8
The Standard Flametop guitar was made in florida. It has 22 jumbo frets, a rosewood fretboard, and trapeziod pearl inlays. it's body is a flat top with a cherry sunburst flametop color. The pickups are uncovered Hamer humbuckers, the tuners are Hamer brand, and it is set-neck construction. Also it has a Tune-O-Matic bridge, active electronics, and it comes with a case made to fir the exact shape of the guitar.