Price paid: $ 260.7
Purchased from: Long and Mcquade
Sound — 7
The main styles I tend to play are punk, metal, and many of the sub genres inbetween. The pickups aren't overly hot, somewhat bright (not hot enough, nor bright enough more like a jack of all trades master at none). I found them pretty weak, but for the price of the guitar, they werent too bad. It sounds great with overdrive, nice creamy, bluesy tone, and decent with distortion (through an Ibanez tubescreamer, a Zoom G2, mainly for delay and reverb, and a Peavey Rage, yes the amp sucks, but you can get some solid tone out of it). it's still a pretty versatile guitar. The sustain is also fairly lengthy.
Overall Impression — 9
This guitar suits my style pretty well. I've been playing for the past 5-6 years(only seriously for the past 2). Other guitars I own are an Ibanez RG320, a shitty montana acoustic, and an '85 B.C. Rich Ironbird through a Peavey Rage(getting replaced with probably a jcm2000 in upcoming months). If someone stole it, I'd track that bitch down, take a pair of wire cutters and snip off the dudes ballsack. I bought with the intention of using it as a backup and it does that with flair. I also considered the Epiphone G-400(someone bought it in the 2 day span I didn't to back to l&m) and the Hamer Sat2 (much better stock pickups and same features, colors, better quality fretboard, better stock setup, and materials, but it was $100 more). This guitar looks great, plays well, has a lot of features, and sounds pretty decent. You can't beat it for the price.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar seems quite solid and put together well. It is also quite light. The hardware seems as if it will last a while. The strap buttons were well placed. The guitar sits nicely when played standing up. I probably could depend on it during a gig which is good considering it'd be my backup. The white binding on the sides is questionable as to whether it will withstand getting chips, but the finish seems thick. Keep in mind this guitar is only 3 weeks old and is relatively new.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The factory set up was meh. The intonation was off and all frets 17+ did not ring out at all. There was quite a bit of fret buzz. The action was also quite high for my liking. Despite being non locking the tuners keep tune quite well. The bridge pickup was also a tad too low. There was also a mistake in the stain on the fretbaord frets 17+ along the d, a, and e string. The body was flawless and the rest of the guitar had no problems.
Features — 9
This guitar was purchased in early August 2007. It was manufactured in China. Rosewood fretboard with 22 medium frets and a set neck. Single cut mahogany body with 2 volume pots and 1 tone pot. 3 way pickup selector. An Ibanez "Gibraltar III" bridge which is pretty much a tuneomatic with wider saddles and fine tuners. Non-locking Ibanez tuners. This guitar also has the Ibanez ach-1 and ach-2 pickups. It's a cheap guitar so freebies were expected other than a free setup which L&M willingly offered as usual.