Price paid: $ 600
Sound — 10
I play mostly metal/progressive (I've mostly learned a lot of Opeth) so this suits me perfectly. I play some thrash but not much. However I am confident that this guitar could play whatever I want it to. I am currently using a Fender Bullet Amp and a DigiTech DF-7 pedal. The pedal is awesome, the amp average, and the guitar still sounds great. Not very noisy, I can get the tone I want if I mess with settings on my pedal or amp. On the neck pickup it has a rich full sound which I like for playing distorted Opeth, the bridge I use for the clean interludes and such cause it gives a pretty bright tone. It can make any sound from Jazz to Death Metal. My pedal gives it a little more versatility though, it still has good variety.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall perfect. Matches my style perfectly. I can get any tone I want out of the guitar. I've been playing for a few years. I have a Yamaha classical, and electric. This guitar blows both of them out of the water. Everything was perfect so there's nothing I wish I asked. If it were lost or stolen, I would cry. Seriously. I would definitly buy it again, or just save for a CE24. I compared it to a Godin of some sort and some different guitars and it just ended up a better fit for me. I love everything about it. Although I can't decide on a favorite feature. The only thing I wish it had is Duncan pickups and 24 frets.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I would play this guitar live without a backup, but I still would like a backup, because if a string breaks or slips I'd be screwed. The hardware will definitley last, even if I'm gonna put on Seymour Duncans eventually. The strap buttons a perfect. They aren't loose or anything. And, I can depend on it. As I said earlier, I'd play it without a backup. Finally, the finish. The finish is good to last. No nicks in it, and sadly, I have bumped it a few times.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The guitar was adjusted at the store, so I'm not sure how it was from the factory, but I'm pretty confident it was well set up. I didn't need to adjust the action at all. The pickups were fine for me. I have a tendancy to play above the neck pickup and I haven't hit it yet. Everything was perfectly set up for me, no flaws what-so-ever. I didn't need to adjust anything.