Price paid: $ 280
Purchased from: Music World VA.
Sound — 8
Most people believe that hot rail pickups are only good for metal and hard rock, but this isnt true. Dial up the right settings and you got yourself a great soft rock or blues guitar. I don't use effects but I will soon but for now I can get from soft rock rythm to Hard rock solos in the flip of a switch. I use a cheap Ibanez 10g amp and trust me if this guitar can make this amp sound good than it can make any amp sound good. Except for on high distortion this guitar is pretty much silent when not playing.
Overall Impression — 9
I've been playing classic rock and Christian rock for over 3 years and deffinetly know what a good guitar sounnds like and this is one of them. I am overall impressed with this guitar. If it were stolen I would be very angry and I would try to buy another one.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar would not hold up for KISS style gigs but really what would? Its made of basswood and is very durable, I would deffinetly gig with this guitar... If I were in a band o well. VERY high reliability and durability. I'm pretty sure the hardware will last.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
I bought it from a music store that sets up guitar before they put them on the wall so I don't really know about the originall setup. High E string does ring a little when played open but its not hitting a fret so I don't really know what's going on. Action, fit and finish are very nice.
Features — 9
This guitar has Standard Strat features such as: double cutaway body, bolt on neck(I like bolt on necks), 3 single coil pickups(2 normal and 1 slanted), 5 way pickup selecter, 1 volume 2 tone knobs, see saw style tremolo, front cable output. Added features include basswood body(great tone) and 3 duncan designed hot rail high output pickups.