Price paid: $ 441
Purchased from: GuitarAmpKeyboard.com
Sound — 10
I mostly play all from blues rock to punk to hard rock to nu metal, and the guitar is perfect for all of the styles above. The sound is bright and strong, which makes it great for solos. I use DigiTech DF7 Distortion Factory & Digital Delay pedals into a Laney HCM15R Amplifter. The pickups gives everything from a clean, shimmering sound to a crushing, distorted roar. Use the neck and the middle pickups for soft rock and neck and bridge pickups for hard rock.
Overall Impression — 10
As said before, I play a lot of blues rock, punk, hard rock and nu metal and this guitar can do it all. I hav been playing for a year now and got this guitar about 3 months ago. If this guitar were stolen, I would either buy this one or an Ibanez RGT42DX, which has neck-through neck and even stronger pickups(IBZ INF 1 & 2). I love everything about this guitar because this guitar is totally awesome. This is the best guitar I've ever owned, and for the price, it's almost not thinkable that it costs so low! I only wish that it had piezo pickups. Then it would have been the best! Rock on with this beast!
Reliability & Durability — 10
I would use this guitar everywhere without a backup! There have never been problems with the electronics or the mechanics. The finish is as great as when I got the guitar and everything seems to be ok. The strap buttons are solid, but I use strap locks to prevent the guitar from slipping out of the strap. The floyd rose tremolo keeps the guitar in tune for months.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The string action is low and is very easy to both fingerpicking and using a plectrum. The pickups were perfect adjusted and doesn't make noise unless you are using a distortion sound that can rip walls apart. Then, it comes a low noise, so it's not noisy pickups at all. The black color were not containing a single mark. I didn't find rust on the guitar at all and the hardware were working as it was supposed to do.
Features — 10
The guitar was made in Indonesia in 2006. It has got a flat, thin wizard II neck made of 3pc. maple with 24 jumbo frets and rosewood fingerboard. The body is a superstrat style made of basswood and colored in black. The bridge is a Floyd Rose double locking tremolo known as Edge III. There are a volume knob, a tone knob and a 5-way pickup selector. The pickups are configurated HSH and is IBZ INF3, IBZ INF3S and IBZ INF4 pickups. The factory strings are D'Addario strings.