Price paid: $ 360
Purchased from: Banko's Music
Sound — 8
I play mostly metal, and this guitar never disappoints me. I play through my Marshall MG15DFX, and it sounds great. The neck pickup offers amazing tone, with a nice edge. It never sounds stale or boring, no matter what I play. On clean, this pickups offers a nice smooth sound. The middle pickup sounds great when clean, offering a clear and nicely bright tone, somewhat resembling a Strat's tone. My problem with this pickup is that it has a pretty bad hum with distortion. The bridge pickup offers a fatter tone. I find the tone very flat for metal rhythm, but for lead, it sounds amazingly full. It also sounds beautifully rich when playing clean chords. The guitar has amazingly well-rounded sound for its price.
Overall Impression — 9
This guitar is basically perfect for me. I have been playing for 5 years, and also own an Epiphone Les Paul Jr., a Squier Affinity Strat, and a Washburn WG-587, and it blows them all away, in tone, playability, and durability. The fast neck and awesome sounds have made me fall in love with this guitar. If it was stolen, I would certainly buy it again. More likely, though, I'd probably hunt down the thief and take it back. I don't hate anything about this guitar. I'd compared it to other guitars in its price range, but nothing came close to it. If you want amazing playability and sound, on a not-so-high budget, then this is my top recommendation.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I can honestly say I would use this guitar without a backup. It easily withstands Live playing. Everything about this guitar is solid. The finish is amazing, I've dropped it against the corner of my desk, to find no damage at all. It's so reliable, I'm amazed at the price I got it for. I feel that this guitar will last me quite a long time.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
This guitar was amazing, straight from the factory. The action was perfect. I've never had a complaint about the pickup heights. The hardware and strap buttons were completely solid from the factory, even though this guitar was sitting around in a warehouse and then a guitar store for a year. No complaints at all.