Price paid: $ 299
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 4
This guitar really didn't suit my musical styles. It was great for metal. Distorted this guitar has a thick, heavy sound exspecially when you play the neck pickups, but when the guitar was played clean It really didn't get the job done. The sustain sucked and when I played chords I really couldn't hear all the notes being played. This guitar also had problems with certain effects. I felt the chorus and phase shifters didn't have much clarity play through the daimond pickups.
Overall Impression — 5
This was a pretty easy guitar to let go of. To tell you the truth this was what I call a teenager guitar. This guitar will not change with your musical style and has little value outside of playing punk, metal, or hardcore. This guitar will also lose value very fast so if your thinking about trading it in don't expect more then 75 to 100 dollars.
Reliability & Durability — 5
You can really depend on this guitar to hold its sound and action but thats about it. The hardware and finish will start to run down after only a couple of months of gigging. you should defently have a backup when gigging with this guitar. I think no matter what you play with you should have a back up. It's just a smart thing to do.
Action, Fit & Finish — 5
This guitar seemed to be put together well. Everything seemed to be in place, but after about a month the damn thing looked like crap. The finish didn't up hold its strength and luster. The knobs on this guitar where pretty cheap too. After about a month they need to be replaced. The action on this guitar was suprisingly good however. It was a very easy guitar to play and you didnt have to struggle with pressing down strings during difficult chords. It also was a killer tapping guitar.
Features — 4
I owned a 2005 006 Deluxe. It had a maple bolt on neck, 22 jumbo frets, rosewood fret board, and Schecter Diamond pickups. Overall the features on this guitar didn't satisfy me. This was the first guitar with a bolt on neck that I have owned and I hated it. The both on just made the guitar look so cheap and trashy. Plus the damn thing was hard to keep clean. I did like the 22 frets, but besides that everything was pretty standard.