Price paid: € 400
Sound — 6
Ok sound, very hard-rock and metal oriented but still quite versatile. I can play almost any style with this guitar, but I can notice that it sounds a bit bright and loud, so you lack the mellow sound on cleans, on clean it sounds cold and aggressive.
Overall Impression — 1
For the price paid, you could get a better Ibanez with a fixed Bridge or for less a Yamaha guitar. Please note that I'm not talking about pickups tone, which is a purely subjective debate, I'm talking about staying in tune which is I guess one of the most important aspect when playing an instrument in a band.
Reliability & Durability — 1
Everything is in the look and finish, the material itself is cheap.
Action, Fit & Finish — 1
Really bad Edge III tremolo because: 1) It will never return to it's original point after usage. Videos out there showing that the tremolo is stable only show that each strings stay in tune relatively to the others, but not absolutely when measured with a tuner. Therefore this guitar would never stay in tune whatever setup you've made without any modification on the original material after using the tremolo bar. 2) In Standard tuning, strings size and tension of a typical D'Addario's EXL110 set is the maximum you can go because the springs won't hold a heavier gauge without ending up with a bad Bridge angle setup 3) I doubt the tremolo could bear abuse. Anyway as it won't never return to tune it's useless.
Features — 3
Made in 2008 in Indonesia, Basswood, INF pickups, black finish, Edge III tremolo. Feature wise it's correct, I won't comment on the pickup tone which is purely a matter of taste. The wood is of wood quality in my opinion. Common, Yamaha makes cheaper guitars using Alder! Bought it with a nice gig bag and strap.