Price paid: $ 120
Purchased from: Local Shop
Sound — 5
I play a little bit of everything but mainly anything rock, metal, blues, and jazz. The pickups sound okay as they are with effects like light distortions and blues effects it holds up. If you add a heavy distortion the pickup hum is unbearable. This instrument is not versatile until you replace the pickups. I replaced them with Seymour Duncan HOT Rail and after the replacement I would rate the sound at 9 or 10.
Overall Impression — 6
I've been playing for a few years now and I practice at least 2 hours daily. As I said I play many genres of music but I mainly play metal, rock, blues, and some jazz. This fits with my style after I changed the pickups and bridge. I love it now. I hate that it took so many modifications to finally make it sound great but it was all worth it. I bought it to rebuild but I didn't think it would have taken so much. My ratings are based off of what it sounded like before the changes.
Reliability & Durability — 5
The guitar is not reliable at first but after about $150 of spending it can sound as good as any strat. The strap buttons are tight and firm, the hardware seems cheap and shoddy after a few hours of playing. The finish is the best thing about mine. I wanted a pink guitar and it had a deep rich finish. The other Indiana IE-1 guitars had nice finishes as well the red ones look great. I would not suggest gigging with this guitar without a few modifications.
Action, Fit & Finish — 5
The fretwire was pretty poor as well I had to file the fretwire myself, some of the tuning pegs were loose. The action is pretty poor also. I changed bridges due to the problems with the Fulcrum Tremolo system. I found no flaws with the finish I got mine in a pepto bismol like pink and it looks great. The electronic configuration and wiring was fine.
Features — 7
Alder Solid Body Nickel Frets Sealed Die-Cast Keys Adjustable Trussrod 22 Fret Maple Neck Matched Spitfire Pickups Vintage Fulcrum Tremolo 5-way toggle Switch 1 Volume 2 Tone Tremelo Bar Triple Ply Pickguard 10 Year Warranty This guitar is a nice instrument for a beginner. The neck is a little rough its not smooth and I sanded my a little. The Fulcrom Tremolo is a bad copy of a Vintage floyd rose. When you use it the guitar will go way out of tune. The Spitfire pickups are okay.