Price paid: £ 605
Purchased from: Thomman.de
Sound — 8
Okay, so I play rock and Metal in my own time, I'm in a death metal band too. However, for my guitar exams I've gotta play Jazz and Funk (wish me luck). The Actives and Mahogany are crushingly heavy, with a smooth sound, highs don't really get too sharp, and my low B/A doesn't get all farty, so metal wise it would get a ten from me. I'm putting this through a Marshall AVT150H with slant cab for rehearsal, classy sound when scooped. Roland Micro Cube at home when I don't wanna hook up the Marshall, not a great amp but I don't have the money for full tube yet. Played it through a whole heap of amps at school and in my local shops, tones a top rate 'heavy sound' and will actually do surprisingly good BB King or Derek Trucks at low Drive. Hugely full sound, with a round chunk when highly distorted. Not a great clean for pop, jazz etc. So 2 points off.
Overall Impression — 9
I spec'd this out before purchasing. I hate Wizard necks, and this is like a 7 string les paul, the tone is like a star going nova and it looks the buisness, because its White. Picked it over every other seven I've played and all good sixes for under 700. If it were stolen, I would weep bitter tears, this thing took a year of saving EVERYTHING. After 5 years of playing, I feel I deserved this with my final exam upcoming. Favourite part is the tone, I've yet to hear its match through a valve amp. Just so heavy and smooth.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This thing has bween whacked of everything, morons have screwed with it, no flaws whatsoever, and I put it through a ceiling tile in an office by accident. You can't see a mark, a concrete block would have comparable strength. Will let you know when I've gigged how it stood up, but the tunings so stable that I don't see it being trouble.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Ahhhhh... at last. Everything was just right for me, even pickup height and I'm a fusspot about my electronics. Fret wire was dandy and the finish was pristine even after shipping. All I had to do was change the strings to .10s and raise the action because I like high actions.
Features — 8
Okay, this guitar was made in 2008 in... Indonesia I think. I'll start with the woodwork. Its a Strat shape. The guitar is mahogany bodied, with a set mahogany neck. The joint is carved away to give better high fret access, works up to about the 22nd fret. The neck is a 26.5" scale (Schecter use this on their sevens and baritones) and the fretboard is ebony, strings are through-body. Hardware next. Locking Schecter tuners, these things are pretty solid, I reccomend locking tuners after using these. Nut is Graphtech, which apparently boosts sustain, but this thing actually sustains better than any guitar I've ever played. Bridge is a tonepros TOM, again fine. 24 Extra Jumbo frets, Standard stuff. And the rest. 2 active Seymour Duncans, serious kit, and they look cool. 2 volume pots, one tone. Standard gloss finish, so hands might sweat if you're shredding. Strap buttons are huge, was gonna get straplocks but no need. Overall its a pretty insane piece of kit, but its obviously geared for heavy music. Top-notch equipment for those of us who like obscene pitches. One point off because of the lack of the OPTION of a whammy and the lack of true stand-out features. Its also hugely lightweight, lighter than a Fender Strat or Jackson KV by a serious amount.