Price paid: $ 1800
Purchased from: Gruhn Guitars
Sound — 10
I play all kinds of music. From southern rock to blues to metal, I do it all, and so does this guitar. I run it through a Boss DD-7 delay and a tube screamer mainly into my Peavey Valveking 212. It's not noisy at all. It has a rich, full, beautiful sound on every pickup and setting if you configure them right. When I play clean, I always have chorus and delay on. On the neck pickup, it has a room-filling, kill-you kind of sound like a Metallica kind of clean. On the single coil, it is a very Strat kind of sound. The humbuckers provide the Gibson sound, while the single coil provides the Fender sound. It has a very bluesy sound, and it's awesome. On the bridge bucker, it's very trebly and good for country and things. When distorted, it has the richest, best tone for things like AC/DC. With higher distortion, it is perfect for metal.
Overall Impression — 10
Like I said, I play all kind of music, and it fit's them all perfectly. I have been playing 2 years and I own some other gear, and nothing compares to this. I have NO regrets buying this and it will be with me for the rest of my life. If it were stolen or lost, I would do everything in my power to get it back. I love everything about it, my favorite being the bridge pickup. I compared it to a few things like a 70s Strat, and a 69 SG but nothing compared. Best. Guitar. Ever.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar doesn't seem like a very sturdy guitar. I love it, it's the best guitar ever, but it doesn't seem too tough. The pickups and everything do look good though. The strap buttons are solid. I would always take a gig back up but I think I could rely on it.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
When I got it, the action was great, no buzz at all, best feeling strings and neck ever. The neck is really fast with the 9 and 11 string gauges I use and it plays like a dream. The factory set up was perfect, couldn't have been better. The pickups were perfect, and all the electronics could not have been wired any better. No flaws at all.
Features — 9
This guitar is a 2004 Model, made in the US, with 22 jumbo frets. It's a solid top, and the body is made from Swamp Ash (thus the name), while the neck is made from maple. It's a natural swamp Ash finish, and the body is a classic double-cutaway. The bridge is a stock bridge with an included tremolo bar. It has passive pickups, which are two Dragon II's with a classic single coil in the middle. It has one volume, one control knob, and a 5 way selector. The tuners are non-locking PRS tuners. The Guitar came with it's hard-shell case and a tremolo bar.