Price paid: $ 200
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 7
Its sound is very good in my opinion, I play metal-metal core-anything, some examples would be Trivium, Unearth, some Korn, and a bit of Scar Symmetry. I only use distortion, and I keep my Low Medium and High to the highest. The guitars pickups honestly aren't the best, for tapping and hammer ons and pull offs, but they do handle buzzing distortion quite well. The guitar has a high depth of sound on both distortion and clean, and that's why its my favorite guitar for the time being.
Overall Impression — 8
I play Metal/Metalcore, and this guitar couldn't be better for it. I have been playing for nearly a year, and I own a Dean Vendetta Vnxm, an Ibanez EX160, a Boss Ds1 Distortion Pedal, And a Crate Flex wave 15 Watt amp. If this guitar was stolen, I would buy it again... And again.. And again. I love the playability of this guitar, I hate the pickups, but the seventh string is a charm. I wish this guitar had a set of EMGs in it.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This Guitar will definitely survive live playing, as long as you pick up better pickups for it, because the pickups just aren't the best. The strap buttons on the guitar were so solid, and big, that I haven't taken off the strap for the entire time I've had this guitar. I know for a fact that I can depend on this guitar to gig without a backup, and the finish is very professionally put on.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The Guitar's action was low, and its very easy to maneuver, because it has a thin neck. The pickups were at the same level as each other when I got them, but I decided to lower the front pickup. The only physical problem with this guitar is the fact that there was a chip at the bottom and it took off 200 dollars from the price, so I think its the best mistake there could have been.
Features — 8
This guitar comes with 24 jumbo frets, and a bound rosewood fretboard. The body has a Stratocaster shape and is made of basswood, and has a metallic/shiny black finish. It has a string through fixed bridge. There is a volume control, a tone control, and a 5 way pickup selector. It has two hum-bucking pickups, the models are IBZ INF3 humbucker neck pickup, and IBZ INF4 humbucker bridge pickup.