Price paid: £ 136
Purchased from: Guitar Amp Keyboard Centre Online
Sound — 7
I mainly play metal on my Ibanez RG120, but I bought this guitar to play more rock music. I put my Stagg L350 through my Roland Cube 15X. With the neck humbucker, the cleans sound quite close to a real Acoustic guitar, especially when the tone and volume controls are lowered. The lead tone on the neck pickup is fantastic. I really like the mellow sound that is produced. As for the Bridge pickup, which I use for rhythm, I just wish the pickups had a bit more output, although the pickups do well for earlier Guns N' Roses when the treble on the amp has been raised and the bass lowered.
Overall Impression — 8
I play older rock music with this guitar and this is definitely a good match for that. The aesthetics and the tone definitely suit the kind of music I play on this guitar. I also own a cheap Gear4Music Strat copy and an Ibanez RG120. These guitars are all played through my Roland Cube 15X. I used to use the cheap Strat copy for rock and attempted to use it for metal, until I got my RG120. If my Stagg was stolen, I would probably buy another one and then take better care of it. I really like the blueburst finish and the set neck, but I wish the pickups were a more powerful.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar definitely would withstand gigging. I have used it at a gig once, and I took so much punishment and didn't start to fail on me. It stayed in tune too. The hardware seems like it lasts. I've had it for over 2 years and I have had no problem with it. I usually play standing up and the strap buttons have never failed me, even with my cheap strap that is now nearly 3 years old. The finish doesn not wear off, but does require dusting/cleaning often, considering it's dark.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The guitar was set up nicely, but could have been better. I think the pickups should have been raised more so a higher output could have been produced. After a few minutes of playing it, I had to go find my screwdriver to raise them myself. The intonation and action were fine. Everything else was set up fine. I would also like to mention the blueburst finish, which was my favourite aesthetic feature. It looks amazing. My only complaint about the looks would be the tone and volume controls. I do not like the look of them.
Features — 9
This Les Paul style guitar has: - 2 passive humbucker pickups with covers - 2 volume and 2 tone controls - A 3 way pickup selector switch - A solid alder body - A hard maple set neck with a rosewood fingerboard - 22 frets - Cluson style tuners - A tune-a-matic bridge The only feature that I don't like is the cutaway. I think the fret access for the higher frets could be a bit better.