Purchased from: Sam Ash Music
Sound — 5
I play (try to) almost evrything within the rock, bues, jazz, and punk genre. Sometimes metal. I haven't really defined what I play. This guitar has okay cleans, but leaves more to be desired. Driven sounds suck due to the fact that I'm running it through an Marshall MG10. I have played it through a Yorkville amp and a Vox, but it's not that much better.
Overall Impression — 4
I've beeen playing for 3 years now. I don't have a lot of gear, just this guitar, the crap MG, and a nice Yamaha acoustic. If this were stolen I'd laugh my arse off at WHY someone would steal it. If Ihad to do this again, I would have kept my Squier '51, an overall better guitar. Right now I'm looking at getting a Mustang or a Telecaster. I hope that comes into the scene soon because this guitar is just dying for absolutely no reason, and theirs no value or worth enough to bring it back.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar could gig if you wanted it to. The hardware, besides for the input jack is sturdy. No issues with the nut of bridge. Strap buttons hold up suprisingly well. You could gig without a backup but I wouldn't cause I think this guitar sounds awful. I don't gig and the finish is already suffering massive damage. I can't imagine it gigging.
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
Action was suprisingly okay from factory. Nothing loose or shakey, at first. Now I'm having trouble with the input constantly falling apart from the inside (washers on the inside fall out of place)I've had to fix this a few times now. The finish as I said is complete rubbish. The flaking is ridiculous. The slightest bump and a huge chunk falls off. And I'm not voilent with it. The pickup selector has held up through rapid switching though.
Features — 4
This guitar was made in China and has 22 frets on a nice rosewood fretboard and is basically an SG copy. I can't find out anything on the body but judging by it's weight I'd say plywood. It has the Standard SG layout but for some reason the tone controls aren't that responsive. It's two humbuckers and a Tune-O-Matic. Tuners are generic. It did come with a shit cable and an allen wrench. The finish is very sloppy and prone to chipping relativly large flakes.