Price paid: $ 130
Purchased from: Private deal
Sound — 6
The frets as mentioned above, ruin this. I don't use the stock pickups but they were alright. The frets ruin a clean sound, especially on the lower strings. If you're looking for lots of gain and bright sounds, this probably won't bother you as much. The guitar sound doesn't have terribly much variety, you could make most use out of it by playing punk, rock, or any combination of the two. I play new wave and this guitar barely satisfies my needs after playing for a year.
Overall Impression — 8
As said, I play mostly punk and new wave. Since I've been playing the electric for a year, and this is my first and only electric guitar, I'm so far quite satisfied. Besides, I paid so little for it. It's definitely worth its price. Also, it'll probably last a lifetime. The strings, for sure, won't, but the body will. I'll surely recommend this to all new players, but if you're looking for a second or third electric guitar, I suggest you save for something bigger.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Haha. Okay, the strap buttons suck. They can last a gig though, and they rarely fail you during playing. Other than that, I have to follow what most people have said the guitar's construction could probably support four rhinos. Minor damage is to be expected. If you want my advice, embrace it. This is a cheap guitar and will probably look really cool and retro after years of abuse. If you don't want that, have it repainted. The guitar can easily be repaired or upgraded.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The guitar has no major flaws, you can customize literally everything, if you have the money. Too much noise? Buy a new neck. The sound sucks? Buy new pickups. Don't like the color? Repaint it! Your choices are endless with this cheap guitar. I personally can't imagine myself f--king around with an expensive guitar. I think the guitar, in general, is well put together. It's definitely worth its price, although it probably won't make you a full career.
Features — 6
In short, this is about right for the price I paid. Cheap a Squier as any, volume and two tone knobs, 5-way pickup selector, the works. The tone knobs do work, you'll have to turn down gain/drive/etc on your amp if possible, to notice the difference though. The good about the guitar's constructional features is that it's easily customizable. It's neck is perhaps surprisingly comfortable, but the frets are a disgrace. My guitar also has a rosewood fretboard which ruins most finishes and color schemes you could think of.