Price paid: $ 915
Purchased from: Sound Control
Sound — 10
I play a lot of progressive post hardcore but I also drift off into other music areas (Indie, pop, blues, dance), I use this guitar for my Drop C (12 guage slinkys), I usually leave it on full humbucking with a MD-2 distortion and through a Marshall 100mdx, it sounds awesome distorted, very heavy, but the notes still come through, Palm muting is just monstrous, I love it! But even when clean it sounds good quite blusey good for strumming but sounds better picking the chords. Using the 5 way Switch this guitar can make sounds similar to a bass or even a Fender, right through to a PRS, it really does have a wide range! Oh I'll also add I do a lot of gigging and this guitar has no feedback with the amp.
Overall Impression — 10
This guitar is awesome for my style but also suits other styles pretty well (mainly blues and rock). I've been playing for over 3 years and this is one of my best guitars, I also own a Schecter 006 Elite, and after playing this I straight away bought the same pickups for my 006. If this guitar was stolen I would defo buy it again! and if my 006 was stolen I'd replace it with one of these! I would compare this among the best of them (PRS), and easily pick it over a Gibson anyday!
Reliability & Durability — 9
I've only had one problem with this guitar and it was my fault, during Live playing a wire attatched to the jack snapped off, it was an easy repair job, but this was my fault as the jack was loose and I couldn't be bothered tightening it. Only other thing is it gets dirty fast and requires a fair bit of polishing to keep it looking new but it's worth it! Strap buttons are reliable and I never take a back up with me, good, decent finish aswell. just watch not to scratch teh back with a belt!
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
This guitar came out the box ready to play, only thing I done was change the strings so I could get Drop C, but even before changing them it was good to play. Pickups were setup and didn't need adjusted and no problems with the neck, bridge or truss bar. No flaws in the guitar either.
Features — 10
Features: 24 jumbo frets, body Mahogany with Quilted Maple, neck Multi-Ply Maple & Walnut/Rosewood, pickups Seymour Duncan JB (SH-4) & Jazz (SH-2n), bridge TonePros TOM w/ thru-body, electronics Vol/Tone/5-Way Mega, Grover tuners. Antique Amber finish with satin gold hardware and "vine of life" on fretboard.