Sound — 5
The feedback I get from the bridge pickup is unbearable, wich is a shame, because that's really the only pickup I use. I play punk, so I don't mind the feedback as much as say... a blues player would, but after a while you do get use to it. This guitar has a terrible sound, but it's what you would expect from a $200 guitar.
Overall Impression — 7
I play punk (Green Day, Ramones, Blink 182), and yea, it's a great punk guitar. I've been playing for three years now, I have had four guitars and this is my worst one. I bought it because I had planned to put a Seymour Duncan hot rail in the bridge position, but instead I bought a phone wich snapped in half a month later! My advice... your better of buying something a little better quility, like a Squier Standard Strat, or an Epiphone les paul.
Reliability & Durability — 8
Besides the strap buttons coming loose every now and then, it's fine playing Live with it. I played 3 gigs with mine, and never used my backup guitar, and nothing went wrong. If you're looking for a guitar that will last a long time, this is the last guitar I would look at. I enjoyed smashing this guitar against my amp more than playing it.
Action, Fit & Finish — 5
The factory setup was awful, everything was loose, and the action was higher than heaven itself! But it played alright after a proffessional setup. I bought this guitar instead of an Affinity Strat because I thought the bridge looked cool. It had a small ding on the lower left butt, but besides that... the finish was pretty cool (daphne blue).
Features — 8
Not sure what year this was made. I'm almost certain it was made in America. It has 21 medium frets, usual 25.5 Stratocaster scale, maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard. It has a basswood body, so it's not too heavy. The bridge is deffinetly better than the earlier 2001 model Bullet (but still isn't that great). The strings go out of tune like the wind changes direction. I got a free gig bag only because I paid cash.