Price paid: $ 280
Purchased from: eBay
Sound — 10
Has enough versatility to play anything I'm interested in playing. Now has a terrific Rich/Full sound. After an amazing professional setup, annoying buzz is gone. With actual Duncan's, upgraded pots, and the coil tap feature, wide array of tones available
Overall Impression — 10
I play blues, jazz, and rock, and it will handle it all. Only been playing about 6 months. I have a Blackjack FR, and an Ibanez RGEX2 or something. The Ibanez sees virtually no playing time; the Blackjack occasional, and this is the one I play the most. I love the looks, the sound now that I changed the pickups. I just love my guitar; can hardly wait to practice now!
Reliability & Durability — 8
Strap button is a concern; but just keep an eye on it. Other than that, the hardware seems quite solid. They use pretty decent hardware to start with, though the same can't quite be said about the electronics. I can't rate these two features, as I've only had it a short time.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I had thought the action was pretty low, but barre chords were still kicking my butt. Come to find out, there was still significant room for lowering action, and still keeping the balance between playability and tone. Originally, the bridge was installed backwards, and was reversed to proper position.
Features — 10
2005 Korean model that had all the standard features, mahogany body, rosewood fretboard, Strat body style, etc. Electronics upgraded to CTS 500k pots for the volume knobs, all new wiring, new Switchcraft input jack, and real Seymour Duncan JB/59 setup. Everything else is stock.