Price paid: C$ 139
Purchased from: Long & McQuade
Sound — 10
I've played with songs from genres all the way from pop to Indie to metal, to blues, to rockabilly. I can get basically any sound with this guitar, run through my Line 6 Spider III amp. It can sound rich, fuzzy, clean, deep, and seldom gives off bad feedback. This said, it's not ideal for rockabilly sounds, but I have a hollowbody that's perfect for that anyways. However, it's still the most versatile guitar I've ever played.
Overall Impression — 10
I do most of my guitar research on the internet. Not a good habit, but the local music store only carries typical Gibsons and Fender guitars. Rarely do they get anything even slightly exotic. Anyways, I had been looking at this guitar online for about a year when I saw a used one at Long & McQuade. Of course I knew I liked the look, but I was surprised how much I liked the feel as well. Usually I've found you sacrifice between look, quality, and price. This one had an ideal mix of the 3. I mean, $139 for any guitar that isn't a starter is a good price. I mostly play alternative, indie, and rock songs, and this guitar is an excellent match. Sort of atypical, but not enough to be really strange, extremely versatile, and fun to play. I've been playing for about 4 years, and out of my 3 electric guitars, this is both my cheapest, and my favourite. The other two are a Slammer by Hamer knockoff Strat, and an Eko 295. If this guitar was stolen, I don't know what I'd do. Of course I'd buy another one, I'm already debating buying a second one for alternate tunings and fiddling around with. If anything, I wish it had 2 covered humbuckers, it would look a bit nicer, but it's nothing that can't be fixed in time.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I've only used it at one show so far, I'm not that active of a gigger, but I've rocked out in the basement quite a few times, and it can withhold whatever I throw at it. The strap stays on, mostly because it's a locking one that wouldn't come off if you pulled it with all your strength. For playing, recording, and gigging, I can safely say I rely on this guitar. However, it is a policy of mine never to gig without a backup, because anything could happen.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
I didn't buy it new straight off the shelf, so I don't know how the factory set up was, but when I bought it, it was in need of a setup. It came with a free setup however, so that wasn't a problem, and besides the two patches of scratchmarks on the back, it was in excellent condition. The nut is fine, nothing has rusted, and after the last tuneup, I haven't broken a string yet.
Features — 7
Bought used at Long & McQuade, so I don't know much about it, but it was a steal for the price. Indonesian made, 22 frets, glossy black finish, string through body bridge, 1 volume knob, 1 tone knob, 3 way selector, 2 tone switches that don't do much. The style of the body is reminiscent of the Jaguar & Jazzmaster body shape, but with 2 plastic pick guards, one above the strings and one below. Pickups aren't much, two mismatched humbuckers, neck pickup covered, Bridge one not, but they are the originals.