Price paid: $ 250
Purchased from: An internet auction
Sound — 8
When I bought it first I was really into metal, mostly thrash, death and stuff like that. It is pretty decent for these styles, only downside is the fact that drop-tunning it is a pain due to the Floyd bridge. After a few months I started taking guitar lessons and I started listening to other genres (mostly cool guitarists like Vai and Satriani and stuff) and when it comes to that kind of thing the guitar kinda fell short, mainly due to the limited capabilities of the pickups. At which time I opted for a pickup change. Tossed a Seymour Duncan TB-5 in the bridge and a SH-2n in the neck... And then WOOOOOOOW! It sounded magnificent! Cleans are absolutely mindblowing now, riffs sound cleaner and crisper, and overall I have to say I am satisfied with what this guitar can do now. Gonna give it an 8 here just because of the crap stock pickups.
Overall Impression — 9
I play mainly metal, and it's a very nice guitar for metal given it's price. Sure, I've played some better ones, but they cost two maybe three times as much, and with the new pickups I would say it is a contender for the more expensive models out there (of course given the right setup and stuff). I haven't been playing guitar for too long, but I've had my hands on quite a few instruments and the one thing that stands out to me right now as a bad thing about this instrument is the fact that it's made on a 7/8 scale compared to most guitars, which in turn gives me very small frets towards the high end (19-22) which are hard to play for someone with thicker fingers. In that aspect I much prefer an Ibanez (on which I can actually play the 24th fret without so many problems). But, as I said, for it's value it is a great guitar for beginers, and with some minor investments it can turn into a great guitar for more advanced players.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Been playing this thing for about 6 months now, about 5-6 hours a day and it's still nice. At first I used 10-46 strings and I had no problems with tuning stability, then when I switched to 9-42 it seemed to lose string tension a bit, but it's possible I didn't tighten the screwes at the headstock locking system enough. Just restringed it (when I switched out the pups) so now I want to see if it will stay in tune. Never played any gig with it yet, but my guess is that it can easily handle it. It is a solid instrument and everything seems to hold out so far. Dropped it a couple of times and nothing went heywire yet, so I have trust in this instrument
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
I bought it off someone who got it as a gift. He was unfamiliar with the way Floyd Rose bridges work, so he never played it, never tuned it. It was brand new when I got it. The setup was off as far as I'm concerned. Had to lower the bridge a bit to lower the action, had to work on the truss rod as well so straighten the neck, had to tighten the volume pot a bit since it was wiggling around and I had to go through the electronics a bit to reduce the hum it had from poor grounding (that is to say it has NO / CRAP grounding, so I soldered a wire to an aluminum foil I taped on the back of the electronics cavity cap). What I did like about the setup tho was the fact that the intonation was set from the start, no need to go around sorting that out. And other than that it was really nice. Paint is a very nice metal flake red, no scratches, no dents, nothing to complain about when it comes to looks.
Features — 8
2008 model I guess, made in India. 22 jumbo frets on a thin bolt on maple neck and a rosewood fingerboard. It has an Indian cedro body with flame maple veneer. It comes with 2 Jackson humbucking pups and a licenced Floyd Rose bridge. 1 volume and 1 tone pots and a 3 way selector. I bought it together with a gig bag and a Satriani strap, but those are not in the Standard kit, so it doesn't matter.