Price paid: $ 175
Sound — 8
The sound was actually the best part of the guitar. The Demarzio pickups sounded fantastic, especially when distorted.
Overall Impression — 4
The things I did like were the sound, the look of the guitar, and it was very easy to play. But the poor construction is the killer of this guitar. I can now see why they no longer exist anymore. If you're looking for a project, I'd say go ahead with this one. But if you want to be able to play on a reliable guitar out of the box, don't even take a second glance.
Reliability & Durability — 2
The reliablity is ridiculously low. The neck construction is very poor with the truss rod acutally at the bottom of the neck where the neck installs into the body, instead of the head making it a pain in the freaking ass to adjust, especially since it's got a floyd rose bridge. The bit used to tighten/loosen the truss rod unscrews easily so you can't loosen your neck at all. I finally had to get a custom neck built since the original one Warped like a freakin' pond ripple. The electronics are s--t too.
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
I had to re-adjust the action on the bridge, and adjust the pickups a little bit, but all in all, not too bad. It came in a metallic red color, which I changed into a custom jet black finish with a red custom decal.
Features — 6
I bought this with Demarzio pickups already installed, but everything else was stock parts. The features on this guitar were mediocre, but the problem was fixed when I started adding custom parts. The Jackson Rhoades rip-off guitar design is the best feature.