Sound — 10
This guitar sounds amazing. It is an amazing guitar with great sustain and awesome construction. Neck-thru construction give it the power to hold notes 'til the cows come home. Two Seymour Duncan single coils and humbucker give it an incredible range of tonal options. The searing leads and rich, heavy tones expected to be produced by this Duncan pickup combination; there lies a pleasant surprise waiting within this wonderful guitar, an amazing clean tone. The hot rails themselves control gain very well as well as provide the power and versatility you come to expect from a guitar named "soloist". Bridge humbucker has excellent definition at full Drive, dual blade hot rails (neck and middle) have clarity needed for rhythm stuff. Also blending yields useful tones.
Overall Impression — 10
It is a finely made guitar with high quiality parts. Neck through really makes it feel and sound great. The pickups scream, and it will last forever. The SL3 has more versatility with the SSH configuration. Doing dives was made very easy and sounded very nice! Sustain was good too. Compared to similar guitars this is just as good as them.
Reliability & Durability — 10
The neck is flawless. Thin neck makes it great for soloing, but playin a ton of power chords kinda wears me out. frets are dressed perfectly, not a single one is even slighty out of whack. Extremely fast and smooth as silk. Action can be set very low with little or no buzzing under normal playing circumstances. This is actually one neck that my fingers refuse to squeak on while quickly moving around the fingerboard. Only problem was the locking nut for the tremolo arm receiver falling off inside the guitar on day one. The finish still looks as nice as it was on the first day It was bought. Strap buttons look solid enough, but I replaced them with the strap lockers.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
This is one of the easiest necks to play, and the pickups and body hold clear notes forever, easily as good as other guitars costing much more than it. The only problems are the difficulty in changing the strings and the difficulty in changing tunings. Also, the input jack is a little cheap and should probably be replaced. Controls are smooth, quiet, and solid. No popping, no hissing, and no noise, period. The tremolo stays in tune, the neck-thru-body construction sustains until the cows come home, and the flame-maple top is beautiful with any of the available finishes. The fit and finish is of excellent quality. I only wish there were a black hardware option.
Features — 10
- Alder body with flame maple veneer on transparent colors - Neck-thru-body rock maple - Die-cast tuner - Rosewood fingerboard - 24 jumbo frets - Bridge pickup - Seymour Duncan JB TB4 humbucker - Middle pickup - Seymour Duncan SHR101 humbucker - Neck pickup - Seymour Duncan SHR101 humbucker - Master volume and master tone controls - JT580 LP double locking 2-point tremolo bridge - Chrome hardware - Sharkfin inlays