Price paid: C$ 320
Sound — 7
I am a begginer, but am playing a lot of Beatles melody lines (not so much chords) After playing with the selector and tone knobs as well as with the amp settings it sounds beautiful with a clear tone. I play it through the Fender G-DEC Jr 15 watt amp that came with it. The amp can model many types of amps and effects. It sounds great on most of them, some are not to my taste but the sound it makes sounds true to what it is trying to model.
Overall Impression — 10
I am playing 50s and 60s rock/pop and mostly melody lines. I have only been playing a year, I own a beat up Fender FC-100 accoustic which is my only omparison. If it were lost ot stolen at this point I would go get another right away. Maybe in a year or two I would invest in a slightly higher quality guitar. It took a while for me to find a setting where both the 1st and 6th string came in clearly through the amp, but it dialed in now so it sounds great.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I have only had it a few months. The thing seems indestructable. My 7 year old is learning to play on it too. The strap is cheap, as is the cable so I expect they will need replacing at some point, but so far they are standing up to the task. I don't gig but given that my son is playing it too and he is not really gentle with it I think it would do very well.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I have no complaints about the set up as purchased. No flaws that I can see, nothing loose, stays in tune really well (I don't use the tremolo). The factory plastic they put over the pick guard was not easy to peel off (some is stuck under the tone knobs but cannot be seen without a close look).
Features — 8
Made in 2010 in Indonesia. 22 medium jumbo frets, rosewood fret board on a maple neck, synchronous tremolo. 1 volume and 2 tone controls, 5 way selector for 1 humbucker and 2 single coil pickups. Came with gig bag, strap, picks, cable, G-DEC Jr Amp, and allen keys. Keep in mind it is a starter guitar and cheap.