Price paid: C$ 300
Purchased from: Music Pro
Sound — 7
I play mainly funk rock, metal, and metalcore. (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Billy Talent, Rage Against The Machine, Asking Alexandria). It suits the metal moreso than the funk rock. The Bridge pickup has a pretty gnarly tone for metal, very crunchy, might be a little trebly for some though. It's middle pickup has a scooped mid type of sound, I like it. It's hard to get a nice percussive sound on this though (String muting). I run it through a Peavey Vypyr 15watt amp. I have a BOSS DS-1 Distortion pedal, but I don't really need it for this. Nice and quiet when not playing, has a trebely scooped sound. Nice and bright, but can be made to sound richer with a little tweaking. Nice pinch harmonics on this thing.
Overall Impression — 8
I'm glad I purchased this guitar, at this pricerange it was a pretty good balance between funk-metal and metalcore. I have been playing for about 3 years on the electric, 4 on the classical. Been playing bass for a month. I owned some Kirk Hammet entry level guitar before this. If this was lost or stolen I would probably look around more, there was not a lot of variety in the music stores I visited. I love the finish, the general look, and the neck feels beautiful. I hate how it is a fingerprint magnet. I compared this to the GAX160 (I think that was the guitar, around the same price range). I liked the tone on this one better. Overall I recommend this to guitarists taking a step up from entry level gear. I love it.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Have not played live with this yet, but it feels nice and sturdy. Hardware feels great. Strap buttons are secure. I would use this at a gig without a backup no problem. The finish on the guitar is nice, but it loves fingerprints. Nothing a good wipedown can't fix though.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Setup was basically perfect, low action, stays in tune, etc. No flaws I could find.
Features — 8
Made in Indonesia. 23 frets. Rosewood. Red glossy finish. Passive electronics. Volume knob, 5 way pickup selector, tone knob. HSS pickup configuration.