Price paid: $ 212.8
Purchased from: City Music
Sound — 8
I play mostly rock styles although I do some softer genres sometimes. I would compare them to the likes of Green Day, Yellowcard, All-American Rejects, Blink 182, Boxcar Racer, Angels And Airwaves, while the softer side would be those like Maroon 5, The Eagles and Michelle Branch. This guitar suits all of these genres perfectly, I haven't found any faults in it except that the distortion can get slightly excessive at times. I use it with a Line 6 Spider 2 15W amp, and the combination is one of the best at this price. I have been thinking of installing a Seymour Duncan Parallelaxis distortion on the bridge, but I decided to play safe and go with the already great sound. The sound variety is considerably wide, but stuff like Santana and Hendrix should be left to the Strats.
Overall Impression — 8
I have been playing for about 2 years, and this guitar is much better than my previous Yamaha ERG121. I'd reccommend ernie ball hybrid slinkies on this one, the sound is perfect. If it were stolen I'd definitely get a new one, but right now I'm trying to get a Gibson Les Paul DC Faded to be on the higher-end. I love it as I'm a big fan of Green Day and this guitar can literally hit the tone of any song they play, from Letterbomb to American Idiot, and even to the hawaiian surf-style 'last ride in'. I wish it had come with nicer-looking knobs though; but nonetheless I switched them for a pair of Flying V style chrome ones.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This axe will definitely withstand live playing and no backup is required unless you intend to switch genres considerably. The hardware needs a bit of cleaning though, I'm starting to see more rust-spots. But nothing noticeable from a distance. Finish, like mentined above, looks and is durable and even after I accidentally slipped a screwdriver over it nothing was seen.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
I didn't have to adjust the action ever since I bought it half a year ago. But what I noticed were tiny rusting areas and a tiny part above the neck chipped off. Nothing much, doesn't affect the sound at all. The finish is one of the best, I have been knocking this into walls but there is not a single scratch on it. Pickups needed a bit of adjusting as the distortion wasn't dirty enough.
Features — 9
Made in indonesia or something like that. It has a rosewood, 21-frettd neck with jumbo frets, easily accesible for people with medium-sized fingers. Its body is made of basswood, and the finish I guess is lacquered paint. Really tough lacquer. Its body is quite unique in terms of shape, sort of SG-style with a round bottom. Fixed hardtail bridge, nothing much. Reminds me of a Strat without a whammy. It is equipped with dual high-output humbuckers, with a 3-way selector, one volume and one tone. Tuners are chrome, relatively small in size. It doesn't come with any stock accesories but I got a gig bag with it.