Price paid: C$ 560
Purchased from: Long & McQuade
Sound — 9
Despite the reviews about the pickups, I've had no issues with the sound being too muddy with the neck. The pickups sound good. I can get some great distorted metal and hard rock sounds. The single coil is a bit unnecessary for me...should have put in a coil tap instead. There is a tremendous amount of fret buzz with the low E string. The action is set a tad too low, but if you buy it from a guitar shop...you should get a free setup with the guitar. I bought this guitar because I wanted a guitar that could handle progressive music, metal, and hard rock. This guitar suits those styles perfectly. There is nothing to complain about except for the fret buzz.
Overall Impression — 9
I play prog rock, metal, and hard rock. This guitar suits me perfectly. I've been playing for 13 years. I own a Mesa Boogie Blue Angel head and a Randall 4x12 cab. I use a Boss GT-10. If it were lost or stolen, I wouldn't buy this again and go for something different. Not because I don't like this guitar but because I want a Paul Reed Smith single cutaway. I love the finish and the floating bridge. I don't like the fact that it is a bitch to get used to for palm muting. My favourite feature is the floating bridge. I wish it had an H-H config with a coil tap and a maple fretboard for a more punchy sound.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Seems like solid guitar. The tremolo system seems rock solid. The hardware in general seems very solid and durable. Strap buttons are rock solid. I never gig without a back up because shit can go wrong despite having the greatest guitar in the world, but this guitar seems solid enough the get by a gig. The finish is nice and scratch resistant so far.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Action was set too low. Too much fret buzz with low E string. There was a slight finish flaw with where the input jack is located. It seems they had a hard time painting it. Electronics and hardware are fine. Feels nice....balanced nicely. I have a hard time palm muting for some reason.
Features — 10
This guitar was made in 2010. It sports a 3 piece maple wizard 3 neck...H-S-H configuration with infinity pickups, a mahogany body and a Zero Point tremolo system. I chose the alpine white finish. Has a rosewood fingerboard. Has master volume and tone knob, 5 way selector, 24 frets, squiggly fret inlays. Has regular tuners.