Price paid: £ 350
Purchased from: independant dealer
Sound — 9
I play metal, rock and bluesy unfused stuff and this guitar is perfect for it. The EMG's are passive but still give a full, potent punch. Like the active EMG's, these passive pups are pretty low noise and are quite versatile too. The coil tap allows the humbuckers to be spilt into singlecoils for a greater spectrum of sounds. I play it through a Marshall valve stack (not sure which as it's at my practice space) and it's dang good.
Overall Impression — 9
Nothing I can say will make you buy this, but you should give it a try if your looking for a mid-range shred guitar that know else will have. I'd get another if it was stolen or lost. I also own a Gibson les paul studio, which is kinda pushed aside by this. The best feature about this is it's easy playabilty, your fingers glide across the fretboard and all notes ring clear. This is the best alternative to guitar like Ibanez's or any orhter generic shred guitars.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I trust this guitar completely, I've had it 6 months and it's never had a single prolem. It's built well and it won't need a back-up, its built to last and shred! Finish is good and hasn't even scrathed at all yet! The harware and pickups are built to last as is the whole of the guitar.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Brilliant from the start! The floyd has a great fitting arm which stays were you put it, which for me is a massivly useful touch. Pickups were at pefect playing height for me, middle height which gets the both of both worlds! Everything about this guitar was set up for playing straight away.
Features — 9
The guitar is a slightly larger super-strat, with longer lower and upper bouts and a ergonomically designed body. Heres the cold, hard stats; Body Flamed Maple on Solid Basswood Neck Hard Maple, Bolt-On with Rosewood Reinforcement Rail Trussrod 2 Way LAG System Fingerboard Rosewood Fingerboard Radius at a guess it's very close an Ibanez Wizard built for shredding!! Fingerboard Inlays Acrylic Pearl Fret Size Jumbo, Silver Nickel Fret Qty. 24 Machine Head LAG High Precision Pickup Qty. 3 Pickup Type EMG HZ set: SA (neck), S3 single (mid), TB1 (bridge) Tremelo Floyd Rose Locking System (with Locking Nut) Controls 1 x Vol / 1 x Tone Push Pull Selector Switch 5 Way Hardware Type Black. It's a shred machine, bottom line. It looks stunning, plays great and is a reasonable alternative to an ibanez!