Price paid: $ 230
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 6
This guitar is better for smaller gigs, preferably rock and roll style music, but it also sounds punkish if you adjust the settings correctly. Can also pump out metal-like tones as well. When the tone Switch is at its lowest position, the tone is best. At its highest position (2 pickups closest to fretboard), it sounds more like a decent bass guitar. Bright sound when tones are high.
Overall Impression — 6
Been using it for a few months seriously. I didn't play it much for the first few months of ownership, but since then it's been 2 hours a day on this sucker. I would, on the other hand, but another guitar if I had to. The best part is the smooth fingerboard, perfect for my size hands. I hate the strings that come with it. I chose this guitar above all because I played it before and liked its flexibility in playing, and because it was in my price range at the time.
Reliability & Durability — 6
It would be able to be played live, but in the long run, it isn't the best fit. I use it as a backup guitar for, like I said, small gigs. I dont like the the strings that come with it, so I changed to Fender Strat Edition Strings.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
All the features were made ready to go from the moment it was purchased. No problems have been experienced with any part of the pickups, fretboard, string holders, bridge, drop-d tuner, etc.
Features — 8
This guitar is (I believe) a 2000 model. Being that it was a pure American-factory-made guitar, I trusted to it. 22 frets, but the body almost prevents you from getting that high (it is a cut away design for that kind of access but for some reason it doesn't let you get that high). Solid top, 4 pickups, 3-position tone settings, 2 volume switches and 2 tone switches for corresponding tone Switch position. All the strings attach to the bridge and curl around the back, except for the 6th string. It continues past the bridge to a flip-switch that is used for quick drop-d tuning. This is extremely useful for live playing. Nothing was included with the guitar except an amp cord.