Price paid: $ 284.4
Purchased from: Guitarworks
Sound — 6
I play all types of rock, this is more of a beginner, heavy rock type of sound, I use only distortion (I'm too cheap to buy stuff) on the guitar, and it works pretty well with the distortion. I always get feedback on my guitar when it gets too close to the amp. It has a good grungy tone thoughh, and some softer music's good too.
Overall Impression — 8
It's a fairly good match for whatr I play. All I have is what came with the guitar, except for my acoustic gear. Before buying this guitar, I wouldn't have wished for anything more. If it were stolen, I would probably get pissed, go on a little "Tom Cruise" hissy, then I'd buy a new guitar with the help of the insurance money. Probably pitch in some of my money and buy a better guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 8
It's pretty good durability, I haven't set it on fire yet so I'm not realy sure what it's limits are, the hardware seems to last well, I use a metal pick and it still lasts, the strap buttons kind of blow, my strap keeps sliping off, it's fairly dependable, but personally, this would be my back-up at a gig.
Action, Fit & Finish — 4
The action ias terrible. I don't like it at all, I tried lowering the axction and it is totally buzy now. The pickups are in a fairly good position, but the bridge is pretty good, I like it. The biggest problem with this was the fret filing. Some of the nuts are loose, but thats about it, also, the pickup selector is noisy.
Features — 8
It was made in Japan, around 2005. It has a maple neck, which is pretty good handling. The finish on my guitar is very nice (transparent). I have no clue what the body is made out of, but the neck is maple. I can't remember what the bridge style is (I'm not at home right now). I am pretty sure they are passive, but I can't really be sure. It has one volume knob, two tone knobs, and a five way selector. Three Fender single coil pickups. Non-locking tuners. And it came with gigbag, strap, cable, a Frontman 15 amp.