Price paid: C$ 320
Purchased from: Axemusic.com
Sound — 5
I play mostly metal, and at lower volumes this guitar delivers quite well. The feedback, however, is astronomically bad. I think it's the combination of the overly high output pickup, the small basswood body, and the conductive aluminum pickguard that's responsible for the feedback. At higher volumes, the sound tends to break prematurely, especially during palm muting It has a solid low end, and very bright highs. Cleans= virtually none existant, it distorts the hell out of them (but it is supposed to be purely a metal machine, after all) Overall above average sound, but the feedback is just terrible
Overall Impression — 5
Overall, it is what it is: a totally bargain metal guitar for people who don't plan on playing in front of people, or aren't very concious about their tone. I bought it because money was totally tight, and I needed a temporary guitar before I got a job. Peavey's attempt at the metal guitar is dissapointing. They should stick to making amps and audio equipment.
Reliability & Durability — 7
This guitar is very durable, and it could definetely withstand live playing, except for the fact that the aluminum pickguard reacts rather badly to sweat. It hasn't rusted yet, so it's too early to tell how truly durable it is, but tarnishes are beginning to appear on it. However, due to the feedback, I don't think it would be a great idea to use it, unless you wish to molest your audience with screeching feedback.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The setup was fantastic, the action was perfectly low for shredding. There were no flaws on the body, and the pickup was adjusted just right. This was probably the only thing about the guitar that was really worth recognizing. The satin finish is also great, because fingerprints don't really show up on them, and it's just generally more durable then gloss finishes.
Features — 7
-made in 2009 -24 jumbo frets, rosewood fingerboard -basswood body, bolt on maple neck -black satin finish with aluminum pickguard -looks like a reversed ESP viper -tune-o-matic bridge -1 active Peavey pxd pickup -1 volume -Peavey Precision tuners -came with a softshell case