Price paid: $ 90
Purchased from: E-Bay
Sound — 9
The Powersound pickups on this guitar are very tricky and quite deceitful at first if you don't adjust them right. When I first got this guitar, it needed a lot of work which I'll go into later. Once I adjusted the pickups, I noticed that they're not that bad at all. I am using my Crate GTD120 with this guitar, and using the clean channel with the chorus effect on the clean channel produces a very bright, almost trebly sounding effect which is great for those Hair Metal power ballads. When I kicked in the Distortion channel, I found out that these pickups can produce some serious sustain and could most likely hold their own on stage. They're perfect for Nu-Metal, Classic Rock, or 80's Hair Metal which is what I prefer to play. All in all, not bad at all!
Overall Impression — 8
I play Classic Rock and 80's Hair Metal and this guitar seems to be a perfect fit for it. I've been playing for over 36 years and besides this, I also have a 2006 MIM Fender Sunburst Strat and a 2007 Crate GTD120 Combo amp. If this were stolen would I buy another one, I'm not sure, seeing that it's only a $200.00 guitar and that I only paid $90.00 for it on E-Bay. I only got it because I was skimming on there one night and I saw how low the price was and I thought that it would be a good backup only I wasn't aware how badly the condition of it was. If I had known, I probably wouldn't had bothered, because the seller had assured me through several emails that the guitar was in good shape. Well, now that I did do some work on it, it now is.
Reliability & Durability — 8
Now that I did the afore mentioned repairs up above, I do believe that this guitar will be with me a very long time. I do tend to baby all of my equipment, and seeing that I am not made of money, like to enjoy everything that I do have. I believe that I could use this at a gig without a backup. I don't forsee any problems at all with this guitar. She's a keeper.
Action, Fit & Finish — 5
Here is where I wasn't pleased at all and this was only due to the fact that I had won this on E-Bay, and that the previous owner had obviously had no respect for his equipment. When this came in, the neck had a serious bow in it, dirt and grime were prevalent all over the guitar inside and out, one of the tone knobs was completely disengaged from the body. It was just a f--king mess. I had to do a truss rod adjustment, intonate the guitar, clean the body and electronics inside and out, put on a new set of strings, clean and polish the frets, polish and buff the body, retighten the tuners and all the rest of the hardware on the guitar, put a shim under the neck. Once I did all of that, which by the way, cost me nothing only because I've been playing for over 36 years and am quite capable of doing my own repair work, I ended up with a guitar which looks like it just came out of the box, Brand New. Now, it's a keeper!
Features — 8
I'm just guessing but, I think that mine was probably made around 2002 or so. It's one of the Indonesian models and is a Transparent Red finish with 2 Powersound Humbuckers and a 3 way pup Switch along with 22 frets. I guessing that the wood is Agathis and the fretboard is definatelt Rosewood with a Maple neck. The Bridge is a Tune-O-Matic with a Stop tailpiece and the controls are 2 volume and tone knobs. It also came with a heavy duty Ibanez gig bag which was a extra plus.