Price paid: $ 450
Sound — 9
I play metal, rock and classic rock. This guitar doesn't have the hard edge that my DXMG Jackson has with the EMG pickups but it's close and has a lot more versatiliy with the Coil Tap. When you pull it, it changes the sound alot. Most others I've tried didn't make that much of a difference, if any at all. it's got Alnico 5 magnets in the pickups and has great clean and warn sound from the neck pickup while the combination of the Bridge pickup or by it's self provides perfect and subtle distortion. The Swamp Ash gives very clear and warm tones and provides great sustain also. I've got a Peavey Studio 110, a Rocktron Rampage R80 and an Ibanez Mimx 30 Amp I use with it. The Rocktron while using overdrive is a monster with this guitar.
Overall Impression — 10
As far as the versatiliy of sounds it creates, it's the best guitar I own. I've been playing about 3 months and have 5 other guitars this is in the top 2 of my fav's! If it were lost or stolen, I'd buy another without question. The only thing I really don't like is the weight, it's a heavy guitar! I make leather products for a living and just made a very nice heavy SharkSkin Strap for it, to help hide the weight. The Swamp Ash gives such great tone, it's worth it!
Reliability & Durability — 10
The hardware is very very nice and strong. It would easily be in the same class as my Jacksons for durability and overall finish. It came with strap locks from the factory and nice ones at that. Better than my Dean or Jacksons. I would love to say I would gig this guitar without a backup but would never do it, I don't care what guitar I had with me.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The FR Tremelo is just like my Jacksons and I love them. Very tough and they stay in tune forever. The action was alittle high for me, but that was easily taken care of. Now it's just a touch away and is buzz free. The action is better than my ML Dean or X series Jackson but not quite as nice as my DXMG. Everything was adjusted perfectly. The finish is the Transparent Red over Flamed Maple and is one of the best finishes I've seen. The fit is very good also. The neck is tight and true.
Features — 10
The Laguna LE524 HH is a feature-rich electric guitar, made with a solid Louisiana swamp ash body and a gorgeous AAA flame maple veneer top. The rock maple neck is fast and comfortable and has an Indian rosewood fingerboard. Uniquely wound humbucker pickups produce massive gain. The Laguna LE524 HH has a 3-position pickup switch and a double-locking tremolo bridge that provides dive-bombing excitement to your guitar solos without tuning worries.