Price paid: $ 295
Purchased from: ebay
Sound — 7
I play mostly metal, and I use this guitar with a Peavey Vypyr 30 amplifier. It's sound is very similar to my other two guitars (a bc rich Bich masterpiece and a beast), and that's the only comparison I have, so I guess it sounds ok to me, no more, no less.
Overall Impression — 6
I've been playing guitar for over 25 years now, and I mostly play 80s metal like Helloween and Metallica. This guitar is made for the metal player. The low-profile Gibraltar bridge is really awesome, very comfortable for palm-muting. Still there are some things about it I do not like and that I will try to avoid in the future. For one, I find the nut too big, I mean by that the strings are too high at the nut so it is very difficult for large fingers to make open chords without muting adjacent strings. And that darn volume knob is way too close to the bridge pickup and gets in the way when palm muting on high strings. For these reasons if it were stolen I would not replace it. I bought this guitar mainly because I wanted to try a 25.5 inch scale neck, and I must say this neck plays very well, all the way to the 24th fret. I would say this is a shredder's guitar, but as I said unless you have tiny fingers forget about open chords.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I do not gig, so I really couldn't tell if this guitar would withstand live playing. It seems solid though, and the finish looks good enough to last. All the hardware is metal, no cheap plastic knobs here! Owned it and played it for a couple of months now, and it seems tough enough to me, but it does go out of tune a little quick for my liking.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar was very well set-up at the factory (action, intonation, and neck curvature). The only thing was that the two humbuckers were a little bit low to my liking, and to raise the bridge pickup I had to shorten the adjusting springs a little bit. As far as I can tell it had no flaws whatsoever.
Features — 7
This guitar was made in Indonesia in 2010. It has a Strat style mahogany body, a Wizard II neck with 24 jumbo frets and a bound rosewood fingerboard, a Gibraltar fixed bridge, EMG H4 & H4A passive humbuckers, one volume and one tone, with a three-way selector switch.