Price paid: $ 91.5
Purchased from: Second hand
Sound — 10
It sounds fantatsic! I play through a bog standard 12watt Marshall amp and the pickups sound fantastic with none of that shrill top end that you usually associate with single coils at this price. You can do passable Hendrix and Clapton impressions with this guitar and this suits my style of playing perfectly (blues rock). The pickups can be a little noisy at times but show me a single coil that isn't. Great.
Overall Impression — 8
This is a good beginners guitar and is an interesting alternative to a Squier Strat. It should suit Hendrix wannabes and can handle pretty much all types of music except heavy metal and hard rock when you will really need a humbucker. A good all round guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 7
This guitar will withstand quite a bit of beating and is quite well made but I doubt that it will last forever. The neck pocket is loose and getting looser but it has not caused any tuning problems yet and is still a dependable workhorse. The hardware is of relatively good quality and the guitar will stay together unless you decide to do a Pete Townshend impression.
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
I can't comment on the factory set up as I bought it second hand. The finish is a little thick and plasticky. The pickups were adjusted correctly when I got it and the action was fine. The guitar does have a budget feel and the lower strap button on mine works it way loose quite often but this is not a huge problem. The neck is slim and fast and the fingerboard is smooth.
Features — 9
This guitar was built some time in the late 1990s. It has a maple neck and a 21 fret rosewood fingerboard. Mine is the earlier Strat-style Raptor model yet it still has the pointed Peavey headstock. It has the usual 3 single coil pickups with a 5-way pickup selector and non branded tuners. I assume that the body is made out of basswood. For a beginner strat-style guitar, the features are more or less faultless.