Price paid: $ 189
Purchased from: ebay
Sound — 8
Thrash metal is what I play in my band, Bibles Make Good Coasters. We use twin axes Kirk Hammett style and take a lot of influence from classic bands like Maiden/Metallica and also newer bands like Slipknot, Soulfly and Bullet For My Valentine. Both axe wealders using Line 6 Spider cabs and heads. Using Boss DS-1 for distortion, which give some seroius raw power but not stripping the sound of its fullness.
Overall Impression — 9
Great axe. Love my guitar. Wouldn't change it for anything. Not even a Les Paul. Get good insurance if you got a respectable amount of kit or special edition/custom shop guitar and you go gigging. You will regret it if something happens and you didn't get insurance. But if you got some cash burning a hole in your pocket by anything by Fender/Squier. It's an investment, not a purchase.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Played live alot at pubs and small gigs. Pretty heavy duty strap buttons mean your not going to be dropping it anytime soon. Considering the punishment it recieves from heavy riffing and throwing it about a bit its held up very well indeed. Only a couple of broken strings really but thats to be expected.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Some minor adjustments on action required. Just 2 screws on bridge though. Although it did have a pro setup when new hardware was fit after paint so its about perfect now. Fast playing and easy to move around. Good curve on the back of neck allows maximum comfort for fretting hand.
Features — 9
US model Squire by Fender Showmaster HH, 2002 model. Orginally painted midnight blue, but custom paint job done last month incorporating chopper style skulls in a ghost effect over a matt black with silver leaf detailing around hardware. Custom tunning knobs shaped like crucifixes in chrome. DiMarzio pickups for heavy sound and Ernie Ball heavy slinkys (.56 - .10). all amounts to a very chunky sound, but with good defenition further up the scale.