Price paid: $ 500
Purchased from: Best Buy
Sound — 7
I play from punk to metal, classic rock to ska. I run it through a Carvin MTS 3200 and a B-52 4x12 cab (I know, its not that great of a cab but its all right haha. I also run it through a Crate GX-130CH. No effects, just straight. The Duncan Designed 'buckers are actually pretty good. The neck pick up is the only one that could sound a bit better, but its still all right (bit too bassy but eh). I can go from a fierce thrash metal tone to a warm jazzy sound with the coil tap feature. Good guitar for heavier music stuff.
Overall Impression — 7
In conclusion, this guitar is great. It shows its true colors on heavier stuff. The coil tap is a stand out feature. It compares well with others in its price range, if not better. It was "used" even though it was in really, really good condition. You get a lot of bang for your buck. I'd be pissed as hell if it was stolen. I had and Epiphone G-400 before this. That one was stolen! So this was its replacement, and a pretty big step up. I have grown attached to it because it was my first big purchase, 2 or so years ago. There are better guitars, obviously, but this is one solid guitar. I shall give it a good solid 7.5 rating!
Reliability & Durability — 9
I play in a punk/hardcore punk band and I have gigged a lot with this. It has survived nasty hits, beer spills, drops, hard and light picking, dust filled backyards, and even vomit (long story short, some drunk chick barfed on it a little). Very durable, believe me. A strap button had fallen off but it was an easy fix. The finish has come off a little because of those nasty hits. Good thing its in the back. I baby this thing a lot. I haved gigged with no back up whatsoever for a good 2 years or so(I know, I know! I'm supposed to have a back up!). This thing has survived it and it still sounds like it just came out of the factory. Very dependable guitar.
Action, Fit & Finish — 5
Set-up was bad. A lot of fret buzz. I fixed it as best I could and managed to lessen the buzz, but still got it set-up. Finish was in great condition. It only had a few scratches. After a few weeks, the pick up selecter would give out and cut off the sound at random times. Turned out it was just dirty. I cleaned it and it was good as new.
Features — 8
This was made in Korea and set-up in the US. Has 22 frets. Inlays are abolone and mother-of-pearl on the 12th fret, or the other way around, I forget haha. It has a mahogany body and neck, rosewood fret bored, and cream binding. Its a super Strat shape, sorta haha. It has a TonePros bridge, 2 passive Duncan Design humbuckers, a push-pull coil tap, and a 3-way switch. Very versatile. It also has gold hardware. No accessories included. Oh and it has Grover Tuners. They can take a good amount of abuse till it gets outta tune!