Purchased from: Fingerhut Magazine
Sound — 4
The sound on the guitar is actually not too bad believe it or not, it's just the amp that messes with it. I play most styles of rock on the guitar along with a Line 6 Spider 3 amp and it sounds pretty badass with any setting on the amp. The amp it comes with is like I said before, shity. Sounds alright I guess if you like clean alot. People say that it gets dirtier when you turn it up loud but I never did for mine and I've turned it all the way so idk. It does get a lot of feedback at high levels if you don't know how to work the pickups too good.
Overall Impression — 5
I play every style of rock and country and the guitar sounds decent for that. I've been playing for 2 years now. When this came in the mail, I saw the pitch pipe and thought "what the hell is this" so I threw it away. The strap is shit too so I bought a nicer one the next day. I got this for the single reason that I don't have $. I mean, obviously if I had more $, I would have gotten a pricier pack but I still play with the same guitar since I got it and it sounds better than ever today. As for the amp it came with, I bought some Behringer effects for it and it worked fine. Then one day I got the $ to buy a Line 6 Spider 3 amp so I took apart the old amp and turned it into a piggybank. If you get this pack, buy a better amp. The guitar is fine.
Reliability & Durability — 6
I don't see how this guitar couldnt handle Live playing. The amp and guitar are surprisingly rugged. I dropped the guitar of my roof and it still played fine (but I wouldn't recommend doing that). The hardware and electronics don't show any sign of wearing so far. The strap buttons aren't good tho. I feel fine playing the guitar Live and I wouldn't worry too much about having a backup. But I wouldn't want to play Live with the amp. The finish stays just as long as you don't f--k around with it too much like I did.
Action, Fit & Finish — 5
It was fine when it came in the mail. I never even adjusted the pickups until about a year after I got it. The guitar didn't have any visual flaws at all. It look really nice with the finish. The tuning pegs were kinda loose on mine but easy to fix. Action was fine for me. I haven't had to mess with the truss rod at all. The amp was fine as far as flaws go.
Features — 4
I got this guitar pack being my first one. As you can see, it's a Strat styled maple guitar with a brown sunburst color and a rosewood bolt on neck. Has 22 frets and 3 single-coil pickups. It's a "string through body bridge". 1 volume, 2 tone knobs, and 5-way pickup selector on it. Since it's a package deal, it has some stuff to get you started out alright (gig bag, strap, cable, adjustment tools, picks, and a pitch pipe). The amp pretty much sucks. If you look on it, it even says "acoustic amplifier" on it. It has master volume and equalization (treble, mid, bass) knobs on it. It has no gain on it at all (which almost takes away the whole point why people bought an electric guitar in the first place). It doesn't go to loud obviously because it only a 10 watt.