Sound — 8
I like playing several different types of rock and metal.Some examples are AC/DC, Metallica, Pantera, Nirvana, Black Sabbath, Slayer, Guns N Roses, and those are just a few examples.This guitar suits some styles great and others just fair.With stock pickups, I can get sounds like AC/DC, Nirvana, Metallica, etc. pretty well.It does not give great Guns N Roses type tones, and it can handle a fair, but not great Pantera sound.The distortion is fair but could be better and the pickups have some humming.But, the clean tones on it are absolutely amazing! The amp I use is a Traynor Studio Mate 10, which works good and has good tone, but sometimes with this guitar it isn't amazing.I don't have or want any effects, I just like simplicity, the guitar pluged up to the amp with distorted sound.
Overall Impression — 8
Like I said, I play several types of rock and metal and this guitar is fair but I wish it was more versatile. I've had this for almost 5 years but just got really into playng a little less than a year ago.If this guitar were stolen, I would like to have it back but if I could afford it, I would get another one.Some great things about this instrument are it stays in tune great, it's light, and has awesome cleans. Some negative things are a loose strap button, jack coming loose all the time, and the distorted soung is good but could be better, and this guitar isn't as versatile as I would like, but still good.This guitar is great for the price, but if you have money, go with something better and more versatile. It pretty much has all the controls I like.
Reliability & Durability — 7
This guitar could probably withstand some live playing, but you might want a backup just to be safe.The hardware is fair but some needs to be maintained carefully over time.I would probably want a backup if I took it to a gig, but this guitar would probably do fine. There are some scrathches on the body, and a ton on the pickguard, but none of them bother me at all.There is also a small chip on the back from when I once dropped it, but I dropped it other times and nothing happened.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
First of all, the action when I got it straight from the case was great, though there is a small buzz on the low e string.The output jack on the guitar comes loose all the time and I have to tighten it. One strap button, the one nearest to the fretboard, came out and I had to glue it in. I recently raised the pickups some to get a fatter tone but it didn't sound bad before.
Features — 10
Not sure what year it was made, but got it in 2003 for Christmas.I believe it says made in China.I got a blue one in a Starter Kit which included the guitar, 6-watt amp, cable, strap, case, picks, allen keys, and a key to lock the case.It has 21 frets and I believe a mahogany neck (don't have a lot of knowledge on different types of woods).The guitar has a Strat style body with a laminated transparent top.Included are a volume knob, two tone controls, and a 5-way selector Switch with locking tuners.