Purchased from: John Williams' Music
Sound — 10
The guitar sounds amazing, no matter what music you play on it. I play it through an Ibanez SM7 distorion pedal, into a Laney Hardcore MXD30, and it sounds amazing. There is no hissing or any other noises from the Duncan Designed pickups, on any settings, or at any volume. The bridge pickup has a smooth, yet crunchy sound, which is ideal for metal/thrash/punk. The bridge pickup, which I rarely use, has a very creamy sound, ideal for jazz/blues. Since buying this guitar, I have played many different types of music from including punk, classic rock, prog., and more recently metal. using the right amp, it is perfect for all of the above. You can tune it down to B, E, A, D, G, b before it starts affecting the sound, and that's with a set of Ernie Ball 'Extra Slinky' Strings.
Overall Impression — 10
This is a great guitar for a relatively low price. I have been playing on and off for about 3 years, my only other guitar is an Ibanez GSZ120, which the Silvertone wipes the floor with. It looks and plays brilliant, what more can you ask for? If it were lost/stolen, I would be in deep shit cause it's not mine, but I would happily replace it, or if I had more cash in my hand, go buy a top of the range ESP LTD Viper. The only thing I don't like about the guitar is the fact that it's got Paul Stanley's signature on it, but I don't suppose that's a bad thing really.
Reliability & Durability — 10
A family member bought this guitar second-hand over 18 months ago, since then I have played it nearly every day. It has been dropped a few times, but the finish is still immaculate, and I sense it will be for years to come. The hardware will last for ages, though the strap buttons are prone to losing grip of low quality straps. This guitar is ideal for gigging, as long as you have a good quality strap, preferably a suede one. It's quite heavy. It's also quite top-heavy, so the neck wants to point towards the ground, this isn't a problem if you have a suede strap.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I haven't owned this guitar from new, therefore I can't comment on the factory set up. but, it is all set up nicely. the action is perfect, the tuners are all nice and tight. The pickup selector doesn't make any untoward noises, and is a perfect fit. there are no sharp edges on the bridge which cut through the strings prematurely, and the nut is cut perfectly.
Features — 10
The Sovereign Pro has a mahogany body, finished in metallic black, set neck construction, and a rosewood fingerboard. It has 22 medium/large frets, with pearl mother of pearl inlays and a 24 3/4 inch scale. It looks kinda like a Gibson SG, only more pointy. The bridge is a Tune-O-Matic with a stop tailpiece. There are two passive Duncan Designed humbuckers, 1 volume and 2 tone knobs and a 3-way selector. The tuners are non-locking grovers. All the hardware is chrome, and it has a mirror pickguard.