Price paid: $ 700
Purchased from: Musiciansfriend
Sound — 10
This thing is my guitar for Hardcore (Parkway Drive type stuff), or for playing guitar and bass parts together for lighter tune-idge. I'm currently using this with a Peavey Windsor half stack, a Snarling Dogs Mold Spore Wah, and a Krank Krankshaft overdrive pedal, and from giving the tone knob just a little tweak this tank goes from screaming leads to low rumbles like Korn at their worst. I was highly impressed with the tonal variety because wasn't expecting to get the leads that I did out of it. I love playing Satriani tunes on this. The tone, depending on where you happen to roll your knobs, is perfect.
Overall Impression — 10
I can use this thing to get any tone for ANY kind of music that I want. I've been playing for almost 9 years now. this is by far the biggest bang for my buck that I have ever gotten in a guitar. If it were stolen, I would probably get this guitar again, unless I became a millionaire over night, so that I can afford one better than this, but for this price (and even a few houndred more) there is nothing better. I'm upset that they started manufacturing it with EMG707tw's because I would love the option of splitting for a single coil sound. But mine was $150 less than they are now, so I'm content.
Reliability & Durability — 10
It's all Mahogany this will take the harshest punishment you can give it, and still pull through (that being said, I still baby mine). If I ws designing this guitar myself I would have picked the exact same hardware. Grover tuners Rock!! I switched to locking straps on the day I got it for personal preference, but I'm sure the stock ones were good. Backup guitars... hell no, not when you have the Hell-raiser. And the finish seems like it will never wear down.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
This guitar came to my door set up perfectly. Action just slightly higher than if it had a Floyd Rose, perfectly bookmatched top etc. Not a single flaw. Thats a once in a lifetime experience.
Features — 8
This guitar is a 7-string 24 extra jumbo fret (26. 1/2 scale) Hell-raising machine. The body (Ultra-access cut-away) and set-neck are mahogany, while the fretboard is rosewood. The Abalone binding really catches your attention, and mine came with a quilted maple top, but I don't think they make that anymore (just black and white now). It has a Thru-body TonePros bridge, and grover tuners to top it off. And best of all the EMG707 pickups blast your licks straight on through whatever type of rig you may have.