Price paid: $ 316
Purchased from: Archambault
Sound — 8
I'm playing mainly metal and hard rock. This guitar seems to be built for that type of music. Can't tell if it matches other style of music because I'm not a very versatile player right now, but it seems to handle pretty much anything. I got a boss metal zone and a 15w Marshall amp. The guitar is a bit noisy though. First I thought it was the amp but I tried other guitars and they weren't that bad. Then I bought other cables. It helped but wasn't that much of an improvement. Copper shielding it would probably help.
Overall Impression — 8
This guitar is pretty well suited for anything that has distortion. However, it stills have its limitations. The pickups could certainly be better and it could also be a bit less noisy but overall it's not that bad. It's the first electric guitar (I also have a takamine acoustic) I bought and I'm satisfied with it. If it was stolen or lost though, I'd probably look for something else. At the time I bought it, my knowledge was limited and I picked this one because it sound great at the store and looked cool, but for that price there is surely something better.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I haven't played live with this guitar but I am confident that it can withsand live playing. I have never had any technical problems with it so far and don't think I'll have any. The hardware is reliable and hold on pretty good. I even dropped it a few times and the only thing that happenned is a litte paint stripping off. Otherwise the paint job is still flawless.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
I bought the demo guitar so it was pretty much all set up. Didn't had to adjust anything. Just got problems with the floyd rose the first time I changed the strings but that's normal.
Features — 8
Mine was built in Japan, can't tell when. 22 jumbo frets. Alder body with flame maple top. Transparent blue finish. Bolt-on maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. Floyd rose bridge, 1 tone and 1 volume Switch. Standard Jackson humbucker pickup. Pretty cool stuff for the price paid.