Purchased from: Nobs/collins Music
Sound — 10
It's extremely versatile with its sound. Acoustically you can hear how mellow it is and with a good distortion pedal it is awesome and can be made to sound like any guitar. Hence the fact that Corey Taylor plays one for Stone Sour. Extremely versatile tone and its when you have it on clean or acoustic that you appreciate its beautiful tone. Very nice.
Overall Impression — 10
I play many different styles of music. I jam with a rock/grunge band and it sounds awesome. I have tuned it down for some metal although thats what the AX320H I own is for. When I was buying this guitar. The only reason I got it was becaue it was out for $595 AUD from $895 AUD so the guitars they were getting me 2 try out werent exactly classy. I tried low model Epi SG's, a PRS style Cort with coil tap and some lp's and lp styles. This guitar owned them all in the sound department and it is very comfortable to play. If it were lost or stolen I woudl definately egt it again, hopefully on insurance, and if someone stole it I would track em down and beat the s--t out of them. I love it so much. It's the perfect guitar for what I want and it really is great value for money, don't let the fact that it's made in China deter you it is first class and just perfect.
Reliability & Durability — 10
With it being a semi-hollow body you have to take certain things into account. Of course it ownt be as strong as a solid body but c'mon it's not meant for thrashing around too much. It will last long with proper semi-hollow care and everything on it is reliable, finish is good. I suppose in the long run I would change the tuniing keys to grovers, but only for the pure fact that I could change them. The tuning keys are suprisingly good and the strap buttons are very nice. Positioning of strap buttons tends to mae guitar very neck heavy but you have to expect that form this small smei-hollow anyway.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
All settings were perfect when I bought it. If I had some spare cash laying around I would change the nobs to some machined chrome ones as they would look classy as the black plastic ones do look good and the picture doesnt do the guitar any justice, but new nobs owuld just be a bonus. Not necessary. Beautiful jewel blue finish, hard to keep clean but who cares. It's an awesome colour and I just love the retro look of it.
Features — 10
This is a beautiful guitar for a beautiful price. Don't let the fact that it's made in China deter you because it is beautifully made and constructed. Just first class, 22 frets on a rosewood fretboard, maple body and neck and finished nicely in jewel blue. It's a very different turn on the semi-hollow body design and its great for my shoulder because as you can imagine, solid boy size+semi-hollowfu--kin' light! Nice humbuckers/soapbars with a 3 way selector and a nice fixed Tune-O-Matic bridge. 2 volume's 2 tones. Jumbo frets and well its not a very fast neck as it is pretty fat but I play it for rhythm and its perfect for that. The tuners are just Ibanez ones. But they stay in tune very well. Just as well as the grover tuning keys on my Ibanez AX320H. Just awesome. Couldn't really ask for anymore features, because for what I want and need its got everything. The perfect rhythm guitar!