Purchased from: Dawsons
Sound — 6
I found the guitar sounds best at bluesy stuff, even someone of my skill (not very high) could make a classic solo melt. I'm using it with a Marshall MGCDR-15, the amp supplied with the guitar. On distortion, I personally think it sounds awful, sorry but Smells Like Tean Spirit on this guitar is unrecognisable it's that bad.
Overall Impression — 8
I genrally play Blink 182 sort of punk-pop music, and its a terrible match. Blues is the guitars speciality, and not punk-pop. If I lost my Rocket Special, I would probably get a pacifica. Or seeing as I'm getting a bit better than beginner standard maybe an Epiphone.
Reliability & Durability — 7
I've played this guitar live and its not bad, comes out of tune easilly and the strap comes off every so often. Would not use at a gig without a backup. From what I can tell the guitar will last a while, not a life time by any means but a good few years.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
No real flaws here, loose tone control but that's it really.
Features — 9
This guitar comes in the Marshall rock kit, along with a korg tuner (or a Marshall tuner as I ended up with), 2 Marshall plecs (I got 5), a Marshall strap, lead, and 15 watt amp. The guitar feature 21 frets, and a stunning appearence of 3 shades of black and a plain wood back od the neck. The neck and body is maple (made in China), and Strat style body. Sandard volume, 2 tone controls, with 5-way selector.