Purchased from: A friend
Sound — 7
I tend to play anything rock, from punk to metal, and this guitar works pretty well for all of them. I use it with a Randall RG200G2 amp, and it works pretty well. There is very little if any pickup noise, though the tone seems to get very muddy very fast unless you are using it with the neck pickup with the tone set on 10. There are a lot of mids but the bass and treble could be a little better. It doesn't seem to have much attack or presence either. However, that may just be my perception, as others have said that it sounds really good. I have had problems with getting the guitar to do any kind of pinch harmonics, but other than that it does pretty well.
Overall Impression — 8
Overall, I think it's a pretty good guitar, and it's way better than my old guitar, a Squier Strat. If it were lost or stolen, I would probably not buy it again, but only because I'm building a new guitar. It's a pretty nice guitar, I love the neck, it's very easy to play and much more comfortable than a Standard narrow Fender neck. I only chose it because my friend told me he was selling it for cheap (about half the SRP), and it was here (meaning I wouldn't have to Drive anwhere to go get it.)and it also sounded al lot better than my Strat. I have played an Epiphone SG, and it's pretty similar to that. It would be nice if it had a tremolo bridge, but the TOM is just fine.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I haven't played Live, but I'm pretty sure this guitar will hold up to just about anything. I would probably keep a backup just in case, because I've had some string breakage problems when you hit the High E too hard (though this could be because I only change my strings every few months.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
I bought the guitar used, but I think it still had the factory settings. The action is probably a low medium height, but it's just about perfect for me. I haven't messed with the pickups beause they seem to be set up well enough. There weren't any real flaws in construction, but mine had a small chip near the rear strap button. Since the guitar was used, I don't think that will be a problem.