Price paid: $ 100
Sound — 6
I usually play heavy metal like all shall perish or All That Remains and Killswitch Engage. The guitar has more of a clean sound on it and for that reason it's not really suited for my style of playing. I am looking for a humbucker for that reason but if your into old school clean music this is the guitar for you! I play it through a 60watt Roland Cube amp and a Zoom gx2 which almost makes the guitar sound like it has humbuckers. The only down side is the hum which can be deafening at times although you do come to love it after a few mounths.
Overall Impression — 7
This guitar doesn't realy suite the music I play and is intended for more of a clean sound, but for the price Who can complain? If been playing for 2 years and now own a Ibanez. I wish I had done some more research about single coils and the tipe of music a Fender is intend for. If it was stolen I would cry for a day and move on. The thing I love about my Fender is the smoothness of it's neck and obviously it's looks. I wish it had a 24 fret neck with descent bridge and wammy bar with tuning knuts that actually work. But hey, this guitar is cheap and if your a beginer this is the perfect guitar for you if you play punk or clean stuff.
Reliability & Durability — 8
If your a metal head, or just drunk most of the time while playing guitar this guitar is for you. It's really durable and the finish doesn't fade of chip easily at all. The strap buttons are absolutely rubbish and I have found myself wondering were my guitar had gone to many times after the strap had slipped off. I fixed that by wiring my strap onto the guitar. Would I use it in a gig? Well with a change in pickups and maybe better tuners yes. It fits right into the stage and can make quite a stand wen your playing amongst Jacksons and B.C. Richs with it's old school look.
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
The guitar was set up nicely at the factory although the wammy bar is completely useless if you want to keep your guitar in tune. The tunes is also really sensitive wen tuning and as I change a lot from A# B C D and E tunings it can become a real pain. The pickups can be optimized a bit to get better sound out of it and the volume button is to close to the strings and you find yourself turning down the volume as you plam-mute. Although this is easily fixable by removing the volume knob and just turning the volume down with the little metal thingy that's left.
Features — 8
Arctic white bolt-on neck. The colour gives the guitar a nice old school feel that give the guitar a nice look to it, which is nice wen you want to be deferent. Standard 21 fret medium-jumbo frets. not quite shure what neck. although I think it's rosewood. 5-way switch single coil-single coil-single coil config. Volume tone and tone knobs, although I don't really see the use of the last nob, as it does nothing really. The lead plug in is a bit doggy as is unplugs quite easily. But I fixed that by buying a little more expensive 6" cable.