Price paid: £ 249
Purchased from: Guitarguitar.co.uk
Sound — 8
This suits my style of music perfect and is very poplular among my favourite artists (Satchel, Van Halen). I play mainly 80's metal including motley crue, GNR, Van Halen etc and also a bit of blues. I use this guitar through my halfstack consisting of a Laney TF700 head and a Marshal 8412 cab and my impression of this is very good. The guitar can make really good sounds and this is taken even further with the Floyd Rose enabling you to do dive bombs and flutters (which it is very good for by the way, a lot better than my Ibanez for this). However the pickups are slightly too weak. But I think they will be good for me for a while.
Overall Impression — 10
I play as mentioned before 80's Glam/Hair metal and sometimes blues and this is a brilliant match. This guitar mind me of a much cheaper Charvel. I have been playing around 4/5 years now so have quite a bit of experience and knowledge of guitars. I own guitar wise a PRS Tremonti SE a Epiphone Les Paul Ultra and a Ibanez RG370DXRRD. I actually felt very strongly about getting this guitar. I couldn't try before I buy however you can add Kramer Guitars as a friend on facebook so I felt very confident about buying this guitar and have no regrets. If this guitar was stolen or lost or even broken I would definetely buy this guitar again with the same finish. I love just about everything about this guitar and have nothing to hate about it. My favourite feature is probably how great it feels in your hands. I did not compare this guitar to any other product. I chose this guitar because one of my favourite guitarists satchel uses this brand and model of guitar and so did Van Halen in the 80's. I wish this guitar had some better pickups maybe Seymour Duncans or Dimarzios. And an Original Floyd Rose for maybe 500/600. I will be buying an EVH D-tuna to put on this guitar to further its abilities.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar seems like it will withstand playing live. I have a gig coming up and I am using this guitar. The hardware seems like it will last the only thing I'd worry about is the licensed floyd rose, however this seems very good at the moment. The strap buttons are solid and I can depend on this guitar. The only way I would need a backup at a gig is if I thought one of my strings might snap. As putting a string on a trem bridge as we all know can be very annoying. The finish seems like it should last unlike my last guitar a Ibanez RG370DX in rubber red, which came off within the first half an hour.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar arrived very well set up and only the low e-string was slightly out of tune, which was soon put right. The pickups and bridge were properly routed. Their is not much wrong with the guitar to be fair. When I first get guitars I am usually very critical and I had very high expectations for this guitar, which it has met. The only thing I could find wrong with this is that they accidently filed away some of the wood next to the frets, which has no effect on playing, sound or feel. I only noticed this when I was looking very closely at the guitar for any flaws. The finish is very nice and has nice sparkle to it.
Features — 9
It was made in 2009 in Indonesia. It has 22 frets on a maple neck and fretboard with black Dot inlays. I'm pretty sure the body is made of mahogany and features a Pearl white finish, which is also available in Candy Red. This is a pacer body which is like a Strat body with slight differences and features two humbuckers instead of single coils like your average strat. The bridge is a Kramer licensed floyd rose, which is actually very good. I have been using this trem as I would user any other trem and it seems very good. People have been complaining that it is not an original Floyd Rose the RRP I think on OFR's is 210 by themselves. This however is a very good trem. The pickups are passive and I think they are the pickup that Satchel from steel panther uses in his kramer. Their are 2 volume knobs and 1 tone knobs. Their is also a 3-way switch. The pickups are H-H. And they are stock pickups from Kramer made in Nashville USA. Although I am not allowed to turn my amp up in the house these pickups seem a bit weak and some might want to replace them, I'm happy with them though. I think the tuners are just stock tuners and are non-locking as the nut is a locking-nut. With this guitar I got the allen keys for the trem and other stuff and I also got some cables.