Price paid: £ 100
Purchased from: UK
Sound — 8
It gives the necessary sound but has nothing special. However the setting, when altered, does give a decent variety of sounds. After it started encountering ground noise issues, as well as input jack problems, there were huge amounts of feedback being produced. Nonetheless, the Strat gives some nice overdrive and clean sounds.
Overall Impression — 7
Overall, it was pretty good while it lasted for the first 6 or 7 months. I've had it for year now, but I think it's pretty awful now. It is a very unreliable guitar after the first 6 months. If it was stolen/lost, I would definitely not buy it again. Instead I'm going for an Epiphone. To be fair, I only started learning the ELECTRIC last year, but have been learning the classical guitar for several years. It was a good guitar to start off with, but you would definitely want a new one as you progress.
Reliability & Durability — 5
This is what's let me down. The input jack for this guitar is very poorly assembled and manufactured. It becomes loose to frequently and the wiring inside causes sound problems at times such as feedback or no sound at all coming from the guitar. Furthermore, the guitar also has a serious ground noise issue. This all happened and escalated about 4 months after purchase. Whenever the guitar has a minor bang/hit on a wall or on the floor or something, the sound stops working, and start producing a lot of feedback. I have to hit it a few times near the volume knobs to get it working again. I've played two gigs with it, and it's been fine. However, the issue has deteriorated significantly since, and I have to be extra careful, ensuring that it doesn't hit on anything. Also, some of the screws, especially in the pick guard and the back plate are extremely tight, so tight that it broke my screw driver, when I tried to open it up.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The guitar was worked brilliantly after purchase. Has a minor flaw close to the 13th fret on the 2nd string, where when it's played, gives out a very unclear sound. The bottom e string is a tad bit buzzy, but hardly an issue. The guitar has a good finish, nice shape and overall well designed.
Features — 9
I bought this guitar towards the end of 2011. It was crafted in China. It is made from rosewood and has about 22 frets. The shape is decent and is a simple but decent design with good finish. It comes with two tone controls and a volume control which, all of which is necessary. It has 3 HSS Pick ups and brilliant tremolo bar system. Overall some very good features.