Price paid: $ 80
Sound — 7
I play about anything, and this guitar's stock pickups sound pretty good. The pickups give it a lot of crunch and bite, especially on the bridge pickup setting. It's pretty noisy, though (bad grounding). It got that great '80s hard-rock sound to it, and I love that.
Overall Impression — 8
Overall this is a pretty good axe (after the restoration). Sure it needed work, but I like an axe with a little wabbi-sabbi, plus I love restoring guitars. It makes a great project guitar. However, if you don't want to do a little work (re-doing the setup, at least), don't even think about it. Tone-chasers probably wouldn't even take the time to throw it away, but I love it. If it were lost or stolen, I'd look for another (since it's Vintage).
Reliability & Durability — 8
It had a great paint job, really tough and nearly impossible for me to sand off, but I ended up having to repaint it, thanks to the drilling and chiseling. I would gig with this (as it sounds good and looks great), but would still have a backup just in case.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The action was way too high. I actually had to chisel out about 1/16th" of wood under the bridge. Now it's almost perfect. All the hardware was a little rusty. A little polishng fixed that. Still, it has kick-ass looks. Ratings: 3 before, 7 after.
Features — 8
I got this from a friend for $80. It was made in Korea in 1985. It was solid gloss black (on the body as well as the neck). There were two cracks where the headstock meets the neck, which caused horrible tuning and action problems. I drilled a couple holes and glued in some brass pins and that helped alot. I put Bond-O in the neck pocket to draw up the wood, and that fixed the tuning problems almost completely. It came with the stock pickups (Seymour Duncan Turbo Sonics, I think). Standard 3-way switching with 1 volume and 1 tone and those nice knurled chrome dome-style knobs. It has an original Floyd Rose tremolo bridge (before the implementation of those trademark fine tuners, plus it's made in Germany, hell yeah), Grover tuners, a top-adjust truss rod, a locking nut, and a retsiner bar to keep downward pressure on all the strings. Randy Rhodes body style, classic Kramer beak-style headstock.