Price paid: $ 50
Purchased from: A classmate on my school's varsity football team
Sound — 4
The instrument does not fit my music style. I've run it with a lot of different effects and amp models. It only works well on the clean channel or an acoustic modeler. The Drive doesn't sound good at all. The sound is only good if you are a jazz, blues, or acoustic rhythm guitarist who can do well without using professional equipment. If you like to play heavy metal, you are looking at the wrong instrument.
Overall Impression — 6
This is the only electric I've owned in my guitar career and I haven't seen worse... Yet. Out of the 17-18 months I've been playing, I've used this instrument for 7 months. I wish I had known that the instrument didn't have the capabilities of the professional gear. The only thing that was a true keeper about the instrument was the finish that it had. The pickups and electronics were horrible and didn't sound professional. The neck/bridge tension wasn't good for my playing level. I chose this because it was a cheap way to start out my guitar career on the electric. If I lost this product I would definitely get another instrument.
Reliability & Durability — 5
The strap buttons work well. The hardware lasts but doesn't perform well. The bridge doesn't stand up to Baritone strings. It's not good for a gig but still good for a beginner's playing. The finish will last. You cannot use it in a gig because it is a guitar that absolute beginners learn to play/practice on.
Action, Fit & Finish — 3
The action sucks. The guitar was cheap. It is only for an absolute beginning guitarist. The bridge tension is too low which means I can't shred and I almost jammed a finger trying to do an extreme bend and the sustain sucks. I've installed some Baritone strings from GHS and the guitar doesn't do well with them. In fact, the low E snapped a bridge saddle. I ended up getting a new set (which cost me 20 bucks). The finish was amazing though. One of the nicest I've ever seen.
Features — 5
The instrument was made in Indonesia. The maple neck sports a rosewood fretboard with 21 frets. The body style is a Strat. The bridge is a six saddle. There are 2 tone knobs, 1 volume knob, and a 5 way selector switch. There are 3 single coil pickups/ The tuners are chrome and non-locking but very shiny. I bought the instrument with a 28 watt Squier sidekick amp, an amp cord and a navy blue Levi's strap. The body of the guitar looks very nice and so do the tuners.