Price paid: $ 146
Purchased from: Swee Lee
Sound — 8
I play a lot of Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. A little bit of punk. This guitar is also well suited for Nirvana use. I use a Marshall 15watt and an Ibanez 15watt with it. The only prob I have is that single coil buzzes a little when the overdrive is turned up. This guitar has a strong metal sound. Good for Slipknot and Metallica. The guitar is very flexible in terms of the sound.
Overall Impression — 10
It is a good match for metal players, and classic rock and punk. It is much better than mexican strats. and japanese ones too. Great beginner guitar. For those who want to mess ard with single coil and humbuckers. This is a good choice. Its also a good choice for those on a budget. Have benn playing for 2 yrs. I would buy it agaion if it were stolen but the Gibson SG Special is what that is on my mind.
Reliability & Durability — 8
It can withstand live performances. Did it before like twice before. Strap buttons are solid. I would use it as a backup but not as a front line guitar. The single coil might not last but the others will.
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
The set up at the factory was okay. The action was a little too high. Pickups were okay. In terms of ajustment. The pick up selector is a little noisy. Like I mentioned earlier, the single coil is a little noisy. I heard thats the problem with the RG170 and 270.
Features — 8
It was made in 2004 in Japan. Has 24 jumbo frets. Rosewood fingerboard. It has a Strat like body but is way cooler! Sharp edges. The guitar is black. But ther's also jewel blue availiable. It has a floyd rose bridge minus the fine tuners. It has a 5-way Switch. Has 3 pickups. A single coil flanked by 2 humbuckers.