Price paid: C$ 330
Purchased from: Long & McQuade
Sound — 9
This guitar is a metal machine. Pretty much dead to anything like Jazz, or blues. The EMG 81 sounds fantastic in this guitar, heavy as anything and the combo between the 81 and 85 produce a beautiful sounding clean tone for any kind of metal cleans. The 85 by itself though sounds off, but that's probably just the fact I haven't changed the battery in a while.
Overall Impression — 10
I play metal. I play only metal (And some rock, but I have other guitars for that) and this guitar will cover any kind of metal from thrash, to melodic death. From Metallica, to In Flames... This guitar can do everything in between (For metal!). If it was lost, or stolen, I'd be devastated for sure. I got this guitar at a steal price, and since they cost so much new, I'd never be able to afford one again, which would kill me inside. Favorite thing about this guitar, is the EMGs. When I saw the guitar on the rack, it was the EMGs that cought my eye and the rest was just an amazing added bonus. The only thing though that I think would make this guitar ABSOLUTELY GODLY is a set of Locking tuners, and instead of being a string-thru body, have a stop tail piece instead. But when on a low budget, and you see this guitar for real cheap, buy it because you'll never find a better deal on such a metal guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I've gigged with this guitar twice so far, both in big shows. I've brought backups with me simply because I'm a paranoid freakazoid who breaks strings left right and center when I need the guitar the most. However, I've not needed to use backups yet, which means that this guitar can be gigged without a back up for sure. Everything seems to last fairly well on it and the finish is amazing. I've been playing this guitar since April now, and the finish itself hasn't warn or scraped or anything yet.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
I bought it used at Long and McQaude but the guy before me didn't really have much of a clue how to set it up. I bought it and got it home, and had it back within a week for setup. Once it was set up though (I had it setup for C standard, and now its in Drop A#), it was a dream to play. There's not much I can say that's a flaw with this guitar except I find the nobs have a good tendancy to come lose very easily.
Features — 10
* Construction: Single-cutaway * Body: Mahogany * Neck: Bolt-on maple neck * Scale: 25.5" * Fingerboard: rosewood * Frets: 24 extra-jumbo * Nut: GraphTech tusq * Inlays: Stained cross * Binding: Multi-ply * Bridge Pickup: EMG-81 active humbucker * Neck Pickup: EMG-85 active humbucker * Electronics: Volume/volume/tone/3-way switch * Bridge: TonePros Tune-o-matic with thru-body string mounts * Tuners: Grover * Hardware: Black chrome