Price paid: $ 590.94
Purchased from: Musician Inc. Dublin
Sound — 6
This guitar is supposed to be for heavy metal and handles that genre quite well. But I'm a Satch/Vai fan and I wanted something with alot more definition. So I got a evo in the bridge. It plays pretty well nice thin neck. It has a nice sound in clean and dist channels. It works well with my Dimebag Wah and Metalzone pedals. It's a good all round guitar. It's let down by the pickups and low end bridge though.
Overall Impression — 8
I play Satriani/Vai and some metal aswell. I've been playing about a year and a half I've only had this guitar since christmas though. If it were stolen I'd get a higher end Prestige model Ibanez or a Jem (if I were rich). This is my 1st guitar with a trem on it so thats my favourite feature of it. I hate those bloody powersound pickups! If you get one get them to put new pickups on it before you take it home. I chose this guitar because it was the only guitar that was in the folks price range for christmas time. And a Prestige was completely out of the question. I wopuld buy a Jem if it was stolen or broke (if I had the money ofcourse). Overall I'd give this guitar 3 1/2 out of five but I put four because you can't use fractions.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar will last a long time it's taken its share of falls and nothing to report in injuries. If I were on tour (or was even in a band) I might have to use a backup (if I didn't only have a crappy Epi SG Special which sucks ass). But it's built like a well armoured tank. Strap buttons have no chance of falling off.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The guitar was setup pretty well in the factory but I had to tweak pickup height and action to fit me. The paint job is pretty well done and the knobs and selector are very sturdy.
Features — 8
This guitar was made in korea (I think). It has 24 jumbo fretswhich are supposed to mimic a scalloped fretboard, this also means you don't have to press down hard on the string to get a sound out of it. It has sharktooth inlay (Jackson copy). The body is basswood (light), the neck is maple with a cheap kinda rosewood fingerboard. It has the powersound pickups on it congfig is H-S-H (5 way selector). And an edGe pro 2 trem (it's ok). Mine has like a metallic blue finish.