Price paid: $ 711.87
Purchased from: GAK.co.uk
Sound — 7
From metal, classic rock and cleans, the H/H split pickup config in the chunky mahogany body can get anything. I have played this guitar through a Vox AC30/6TB which sounded very creamy and lush. The Peavey 6505 got high squeeling and chunky distortion no problems and the starfield does everything else. This guitar can do absolutly anything but as I said before, the pickups need changing for a nice high quality passive set for this JB/Jazz or the like.
Overall Impression — 10
Since I started playing guitar 11 years ago I have had a lot of guitars, I don't think that any of them have shown the value of this one, the reliability and quailty in manufacture are amazing. If this guitar didn't have abalone it would be perfect in every way. This guitar comes in at the same price as a low end ESP/Jackson and Epiphone gutiars but to get a guitar which matches up to this you would need to spend a whole lot more, think ESP LTD H-1000 which is nearer the 1000 mark. I would definatly buy this guitar again if it was stolen, and as said abouve, I may be getting another anyway. For what it is, this guitar can't be beeten (price range, reliability, tone).
Reliability & Durability — 9
As this guitar has no fancy parts on it (mainly no floating trem) it doesnt't have much which can go wrong on it, the tuning is very stable and I trust this more than my other more expensive gutiars. I may be buying another if I can get my hands on it, or the new replacement model for some alternate tuneings as I am so impressed.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The only changes I made to the guitar was the intonation and to adjust the pickup heights (while the pickups were stock). Apart from thoes two things the gutiar was set up perfectly from the shop. The finish is amazing, the see thru black flame however I am not a fan of abalone and this is always there shieing at me. The inlays are very different, I like them a lot, much more than the inlays on the new replacement for this guitar (SZ520 I think).
Features — 9
The SZ720 is a no frills, nothing will go wrong, easy player but with distinctive looks, The string-thru body bridge, set thru neck, simple H/H pickup config and super Strat shape make it suitable for anything. The only thing I changed and would suggest everyone change are the pickups which lack defenition, I put a Dimarzio Tone Zone in the bridge and a PAF pro in the neck. If you are looking for an all arround do anything, won't mess up guitar, this is for you.