Price paid: $ 160
Purchased from: Sight and Sound Audiotronic
Sound — 6
Good for any playing style, but some of the harder manuevers are near to impossible to do. The pickups are mediocre, and the strings supplied aren't anything special. The tone knobs do next to nothing, and the pickup Switch has little effect. Stays in tune for a long time though, unless you use the whammy bar. The amp is a small practice amp, at 10 watts it can almost make my windows rattle. There is bad distortion once all dials are at 10, and the distortion is a button.
Overall Impression — 6
I play metal and a little rock, and this guitar can keep up with most of the stuff I play. Soloing isnt easy on this guitar, since the pickups and frets arent that great. I chose this one because it was in my price range, and had an amp. had i more money, i would have gotten a better guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 8
After about 6 months of constant daily use this guitar is still in the same shape as it was when purchased. the amp as well. I would reccommend changing the strings that come with it, since they arent that great. A locking strap would be the best bet, but the strap buttons are dependable if not. I wouldnt use it in a gig without a backup, or in a gig at all, because it just doesnt compete with the better models for sound.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
I found no flaws on this guitar, save that the nut holding the wire to the amp sometimes comes loose.
Features — 6
Made in China, 21 frets with volume and two tone knobs. 5 way Switch does some difference between pickups but not alot. 3 single coil pickups. White pickguard and black body. Strap holders on bottom and top left. Comes with black pocketless gig bag, squire tuner, SP-10 10 watt amp, whammy bar, 5 Fender picks, and strap. The stuff it comes with is a bargain, and is great for beginners. Pulloffs are a bit harder to play, but otherwise its fine.