Price paid: € 934
Purchased from: www.musiccenter.cz
Sound — 10
I play technical death metal - the guitar is great. The tone is very solid when distorted. Compared to my EMG 81-85 6 string guitar, the 707's and the extended scale provide a lot more clarity. The guitar has a great sustain, but that is expected from active pup's and mahogany. I use a Peavey ValveKing head and a Randall RX412 cabinet with no effects - only a noise gate, wah and a Boss EQ with volume jump on solos. Sound of the pup's is really clear, bright. When splitting the coils, the cleans are amazing, tho a Fender single coil Strat is still a little better for cleans. The guitar will suit jazz, blues or funk very well too.
Overall Impression — 10
I play death metal - great match. I play the guitar for a whole lot of years now and it's my third guitar. I own an Epiphone SG Custom Prophecy EX and I sold a Squier by Fender Standard Fat Stratocaster HSS. You can easily figure out, that this is by far the best guitar I have/had. If this guitar got stolen I would definitely buy it again. I love the clarity and tightness of the tone when distorted. Also the Ultra comfortable neck (a little thicker then on my Epi or the RG1527). Before buying I played it in AUDIOTEK music store and compared to Ibanez Prestige RG1527 and ESP-LTD Stephen Carpenter sig 7 string. This guitar came out the best - more comfortable, more desirable tone (for me) and super quality of all parts. I only wish it had a neck thru body construction...
Reliability & Durability — 10
I have nothing to say about this. The guitar is solid as a rock. The finish looks awesome. This guitar is one sexy beast. What I love the most are the gothic cross inlays.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
I have to be critical with this. When I opened the box, I had to strighten up the neck, lower the action, adjust the pickups. The neck was a little bend out, and the action was too high. But it only took a few minutes, tho I can imagine, that for someone with no experience with this, it could be a problem. I had to adjust the pickups too, cause they were almost touching the strings. Also a minor thing... But it's sad when you pay almost 1000 euro for a guitar. After setting it up (it took about 1 hour), it feels perfect in my hands. No flaws at all.
Features — 10
South Korea made, 24XJ frets, extended scale, mahogany fretboard, mahogany body , gloss white finish, superstrat style, string thru body bridge, 2x volume push pull (coil split), 1x tone, 5way selector switch, 2x EMG 707 active pickups, grover tuners. This guitar has a lot of awesome features and specs for the price. I find everything top quality. All pots and the Switch are noiseless, absolutely fine.