Price paid: $ 150
Purchased from: Local Pawn Shop
Sound — 10
Well, when I got it, the input jack wasn't working, so that was pretty much my priority. I originally bought this guitar to rip apart anyways, so I put a HS-3 into the bridge. With this pickup, this guitar really takes off. When it's all wired in and everything, the guitar sounds incredible. Even the stock, cheap, chinese pickups sound great. They're a really deep, somewhat dark tone to them, which is good, because they contrast the smooth, crisp tones of the HS-3.
Overall Impression — 9
Since I got this guitar, I've gotten a lot more into the sort of Neoclassical/classical sort of genre, and with the HS-3 it fits it perfectly. The neck feels great, and the body is light enough to withstand hours of standing with it. If It were lost, I'd probably buy one again, and replace the bridge pickup again. I love this guitar, and I would put it up against my Fender Strat anyday.
Reliability & Durability — 7
This guitar will not die. I've dropped it down a set of stairs, and it didn't damage the finish. No, the strap buttons aren't solid at all, hence the reason I dropped it down the stairs. Replace the strap buttons with some strap locks as soon as you can, but don't put them in the same place, move elsewhere, because the holes drilled in by the factory are too large. I would gig without a backup with this guitar, yes, it seems very solid, and it's electronics haven't failed once since the output jack change.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The guy at the Pawnshop seemed like he knew what he was doing, so it was already set up and everything. The action on this is fine, nothing really wrong with any of this. One thing I have to say, is that the neck on this guitar is incredible. Not as thin as a Wizard, but still thinner than a Fender neck. The finish on it is incredible too, and the grain is stunning. The way it feels is what one might expect from guitars 10 times it's price range.
Features — 7
21 frets, bolt on neck, 3 single coils, probably made within the last 5 years, I got this guitar at a local shop, so I don't really know that much about it's history. It's body wood is probably some form of plywood. Mine's painted solid red, so I've got no clue as to what it is. A knockoff Strat trem, which I like more than my Stratocaster's actual trem. The tuners on this are locking, and never lose tune, which is good, because I usually go insane with the trem on this one.