Price paid: $ 592.2
Purchased from: World of Music
Sound — 9
The sound delivered by the EMG's is really good. Especially when playing with distortion it has a really deep, dark sound. Obviously one of the main reasons for buying this guitar is the 7th string, the B-string. This gives a really awesome low sound, allmost basslike, but then with lots of ditstotion (especially you tune it A# wich I do most of the time). The clean sounds it produces are allright, but nothing special. It's good for rock as well, since it can deliver a great crunchy sound, but its best for playing metal. I usually play all kinds of death and trash metal, like Arch Enemy and Nevermore but also heavy metal like Metallica and Pantera. I play it usually on my Line 6 Spider II 30 watt, wich makes is sounds really good. But when I connected it to the Engl Fireball of a friend of mine, that was awesome.
Overall Impression — 9
This is really a great metal-guitar. It's so durable, it feels like you can do anything with it. When playing metal the B-string is just absolutely awesome. One thing though: it really takes some time to get used to the extended neck scale (26.5" instead of 25.5") but it's worth the effort.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I've been playing this guitar for some months now, and even though I'm not always really carefull with my guitars sometimes, the guitar is still exactly in the same condition as I bought it. It is a really solid guitar, it has a solid bridge and nut I think I'll be able to use it for many years to come. Only the cable entrance on the guitar was a bit loose after a couple of weeks of playing, but that problem was fixed sonn enough with a screwdriver and it hasnt been a problem now for a long time. I'd say its absolutely fit for live playing. Its just a very sturdy, durable guitar.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
When I got it it was in a good state, only the finish had a little flaw at the edge of the body, but nothing too bad. The pickups were a little bit too low and the strings on the guitar looked a little worn.
Features — 9
It's a 7-string guitar which was made in Korea in 2005. It has a basswood body with maple neck and rosewood fingerboard, with 24 XJ frets and a neck scale of 26.5" with string-thru body. It has passive EMG HZ-7 pickup, comparable to the HZ (H4A) pickups for 6 strings. It has volume and tone-controle and a 3-way pickup switch. The finish is black satin and it has black pearl bat inlays.