Price paid: C$ 450
Purchased from: Busters
Sound — 10
I use a Peavey Bandit 112 with a modded Ibanez TS-9 overdrive pedal. Mainly, I chose this guitar to play metal and its absolutely fantastic for it. But what surprised me is its ability to make such crisp clear sounds on the clean channel. These pickups are very versatile. I was able to reproduce some Hendrixy blues sounds on the clean channel and Megadeth metal sounds. I'm sure this guitar is capable of much more.
Overall Impression — 10
To put it simply, I am in love. This guitar looks as awesome as it sounds.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Definitely feels like a solid guitar when I'm holding it. I wouldn't dare drop mine but if someone did, I think it will survive. I would definitely use this for a gig without back up as the locking bridge keeps you from going out of tune even with dive-bombs and screeches. The finish is comparable to a pearlescent paint job on a car, but better.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Well, I bought mine used so it wasn't in as good a condition as it would have been if it were straight from the factory. I had to replace the internal springs as they had lost tension. Which means you have to readjust the tension on the bridge and that can take a while. I also had to raise the action on the tremolo bar as it was hitting the pickup switcher. Nothing a few turns of the screw wouldn't fix. As for the action of the guitar itself, it holds true to the Wizard necks, it is low and fast.
Features — 10
24 jumbo frets on bound rosewood with reverse shark-tooth inlay; Wizard III thru-neck; Chameleon finish; custom Mahogany body; Edge III locking bridge system; 2 Passive DiMarzio D Activator pickups; 1 volume knob; 1 tone knob; 3-way selector. Mine also came with a custom hard case, and some tools for adjusting the guitar. The chameleon finish changes color depending on the angle you look at the guitar. Personally, I like to rest my arm on the big spike at the bridge end when I'm not playing.