Price paid: £ 220
Purchased from: JG Windows, Newcastle
Sound — 9
Sound is fantastic, I've been able to get a lot of different tones out of it, which is much better than my the Marshall Rocket I had previously - the tone knobs wouldn't change the sound in the slightest. I'm using it with the Marshall MG15CDR that I got with the Marshall Rocket, through a Line 6 TonePort GX. Through this I'm able to get a lot of interesting sounds and it keeps things fresh. Bit of fret buzz on the E but nothing I'm not used to from previous experience. It has a really warm sound and you can really tell the difference between this and a cheaper guitar. The sustain is impressive and all the harmonics are spot on. I mainly play metal but I experiment with different styles, so far it's been extremely versatile and I look forward to experimenting even more.
Overall Impression — 8
Overall I'm really impressed with this. My opinion doesn't count for too much as I'm only a beginner/intermediate guitarist, but the mere fact that I have an SG makes me want to play more so I can not only make the purchase worth it, but prove myself worthy of such an admirable guitar. I've played a Gibson SG with the top strap fixed to the body, this is definitely something I'd want to look into. One thing I would say is that the change in width on the neck gave me hand cramp pretty fast, so this will take some time getting used to, but I look forward to developing with my new guitar. I'd suggest this in a flash for anyone who loves the SG shape and wants a reliable but cheap replica. Brilliant beginner to intermediate guitar, with great sound and even better looks!
Reliability & Durability — 8
It will definitely withstand live playing, it's very sturdy and feels extremely well built. The weight of it is certainly reassuring and it feels like a very solid guitar overall. While the strap buttons are very well fixed and solid, I worry that my strap may fall off the top one because of the pressure added due to the odd angle at which it places the strap.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
It came perfectly set up with a low action perfect for shredding right out of the box. Pickups are both a little loose but nothing too drastic. As mentioned before, the neck is quite unpolished meaning bends can be a little difficult when you're forcing it over the grains in the wood. No flaws whatsoever that I can see or hear. Volume control/tone knobs are a little raised off the body with a 1 or 2mm gap, hopefully this shouldn't pose a problem. Pickup selector is brilliant. I'm used to a big click of static from my previous guitar but with this it's totally silent.
Features — 8
To add to the other reviews, the unknown features etc: - Pickups are Wilkinson humbuckers with high polish chrome finish. - Appears to come in different versions - the picture already posted has no pickguard, mine has a partial pickguard over the bottom end of the guitar. - Finish is fantastic, heavily polished dark cherry that really comes alive in the light - Tuning pegs are in a classic/vintage style with semi-transparent plastic. Non-locking, but seem very reliable so far. - Fingerboard is unpolished rosewood, can be a little grainy in places. - Body is thicker and more substantial than most SG copies, which puts a bit more weight into it. - Bridge is tune-o-matic with a high polish chrome finish. - Inlays are large Mother Of Pearl squares and rectangles. - Text on the head of the guitar says "Classic" and is in a Gibson font/style, also in Mother Of Pearl. - Two volume knobs, two tone knobs, three-way tone selector. - Neck is a medium thickness, more than what I'm used to, but it is quite thin lengthways. - I got a free gig bag thrown in!