Price paid: $ 899
Purchased from: Music123.com
Sound — 10
I like to play heavy metal, that is my main style, but I will also play just about anything that sounds good. This guitar fits my playing perfectly. It gets all the lows, while still getting the highs whether distorted or clean. I use it with my Line 6 Spider III amp. Due to the size of the pickups and them being active they do get some unwanted extra sound when distorted. It has a nice full sound and the variety is awesome. As I said it gets all the lows you'd expect of a 7-string while still keeping the highs intact. The harmonic qualities are very good as well.
Overall Impression — 10
As I said, it fits my style perfectly. I haven't been playing very long, only about 1 year and 6 months but both my father (playing for some amount of years) and my guitar instructor Tom Kopyto (playing 16 years) say it's a very nice guitar and plays amazingly. I won about 5 other guitars, and my dad owns about another 5. If I lost this guitar or it got stolen I would defiantly re-buy it, after searching none stop for it for a long time. I love the way this guitar plays, I had only play an Ibanez 7-string before it but the Ibanez was hard to get used to the adjustment from a 6 to a 7 but this guitar was very easy to get used to. I hate that it didn't come with a case, but to look at it in a different way, at least I get to choose the case and I'm not give a peace of crap one. Nothing compares to it, and I wish it had strap locks, more so than a case.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This is a very and I mean very sturdy guitar. This could play hundreds of shows and still just keep going. The strap buttons are very solid, although I am going to replace them with strap locks. I think this guitar could do a show all on it's own without a backup, that is if you're only using one tuning for all your songs. As for the finish, I think it will last, I wear Tripp pants all the time (for those of you Who don't know, they have all the chains and stuff on them) and there are a few little things on the bottom from the guitar rubbing on them but no finish has come off.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I only needed to do a few adjustments (and still need to do a few more) but over all I was playable right from the factory. The action is set nice an low so it's not a beast to play. I didn't have to make any adjustments to the pickups and all of the features where perfect. There wasn't a flaw in the guitar.
Features — 10
I don't know the year when mine was made, my guess would be 2007 and it was made in south Korea. It comes with a maple fingerboard, 24 jumbo frets and a 26.5" scale. The body is made of Ash wood and the neck is made of maple and is also a neck through. The body is a Vampyre Red Satin as is the back of the neck and headstock. The body style reminds me of my Jackson DXMG Dinky or maybe a Fender. A very nice feature of this guitar is that it comes with an original Floyd Rose tremolo and EMG 707's ("The 707 is a dual coil pickup with Alnico Poles similar to the 85, with the same amount of output." from emgpickups.com). It comes with only one volume knob and a 3-way Switch. It has a locking nut and grover tuners (all black hardware). One draw back is that it doesn't come with a case, but it did come with a cable and tools. But over all, very nice guitar.