Price paid: $ 340
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 8
Unplugged the guitar has a bright and loud sound. It has a slightly metallic twang. Plugged in it uses that twang with a little distortion from my amp to make a tone worthy of Malcolm Young, and fits my AC/DC playing quite well. The pickups could be a little clearer, but I do have to take into account all the feedback thats probably coming at it with such a large sound cavity, but its something I can live with.
Overall Impression — 9
I play AC/DC-style rock 'n' roll and this guitar has the sound I need. It also is great for when I want to quiet down and play some lighter stuff, or work on my playing without blowing out the windows. I have have been playing for 2 1/2 years, and play with a 30 watt. Spider II. I also own a Strat-copy and a Peavey rage amp that I started playing on. I don't know if I would buy this guitar again if it was stolen, I love trying different guitars, but I'm glad I have it. Not really, I hadn't really seen any attractive archtops in my price range except an Epiphone, but it didn't have a deep enough body. Overall this is an awesome guitar for the guy Who has been playing for a couple years.
Reliability & Durability — 8
The guitar is sturdy. I haven't put hardly any noticeable scratches or dings in the six months I've had it. The chrome hardware doesn't tarnish or scratch easily. The strap buttons are sturdy, but haveing the neck-side one on the back of the body kind of worries me about slipping, though it hasn't happened. I would probably bring a spare to a gig, but that's pretty much true of any guitar I use. The finish isn't really wearing much.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The guy at the Guitar Center set up everything for me well. All the hardware was fine and sturdy, but I removed the pickguard anyway, because I like the look and could play easier without it. There was a fairly large scratch on the bottom that I noticed later, but its not something that anyone but you could really notice. The tuners are kind of weird shaped, I would have preffered smaller and rounder ones. The knobs are fine.
Features — 9
This guitar throws in alot of decent archtop features for a low price. It's a Chinese-made guitar, but it still isn't a cheap knockoff of what a nice rock or jazz guitar should be. I don't know for sure if it is hard-top or laminate (this is my first acoustic, only own 2 guitars, and its has finish that doesn't really tell you much about the wood), but has a full, loud sound. It has 22 frets, maple body, mahogany neck, blue to black finish, a small single cutaway on a fairly large body for an electric archtop, a tune-o-matic bridge, active electronics, 2/2 volume and tone knobs, and two chrome humbuckers. It gives all the features of an acoustic while still maintaining the abiltity to bite when plugged in.