Price paid: $ 170
Purchased from: Local Music Store
Sound — 2
The sound you get from this guitar is stupifingly AWFUL. It has a 2-D sound that doesn't change with amps (I've played it on 3 different ones and got the same tone). It's sort of a flat, thick, whiny sound. The input jack is poorly made, so you get this buzzing noise through the whole time you're playing it. It is near impossible to perform hammer-ons and pull-offs, you just get a clunky whisper.
Overall Impression — 3
I'm usually playing rock, or metal, or a bit of shred, and this guitar is my worst nightmare. I've been playing for a two years, but I know a good guitar when I see one, and this ain't one of em. I think I was lied to when I bought this guitar, the guy told me it was a very good sounding guitar and was durable. If someone stole it, it'd be their loss. I could care less if it was stolen. If you have about $200 spend, look harder for a guitar. You'd be better of with a Walmart cheapie one than this piece of trash called a guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 7
This seems like a bad choice to have onstage, its more of a practice guitar. The hardware might last a couple years, considering how cheesy it is. The strap buttons are big, so it's hard to slip a strap on. NEVER bring this guitar to a gig, as you will probably mess the gig up. The finish scratches very easily.
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
The action was set very good, almost perfect (suprisingly). The finishes are OK, not much selection with them. Thee pickups are set crooked (up and down, not side to side) so they recquire a lot of adjustment. The only flaws is the knobs are hard to turn and come off easy.
Features — 7
The Garts design is the only decent thing about this guitar. It looks like a Les Paul, but the bottom bridge area is very wide and clunky. It's made of basswood, and has a 22-fret rosewood-maple neck. It comes in Transparent red, Black, and Blue. It has a set, string-thru bridge. The pickups are Ibanez(?) Powersounds, and it has a volume, tone, and 3-way blade switch.