Price paid: £ 70
Purchased from: ebay
Sound — 7
Noisy pickups with no lows, trashy sound when distorted but amazingly clear sound without distorsion - like that but there's not much difference when you Switch the 3way switch. Good strings are a must! It came with the 10W Stagg amp, very loud and quite good for not distorted sound but overdrive on with this guitar sounds pathetic, not usable due to poor pickups on this guitar.
Overall Impression — 7
Bought 2nd hand but had almost no use. With this factory setup it would be very hard to play. I was not convinced about the shape but it grew on me with time. The major flaw with the neck is unacceptable and impossible to fix so I will sell it. I was hoping for a solid base for upgrading hardware and creating a custom setup but it would be a waste of cash. Honestly I do love more than a very good new Ibanez I used to have it but with this amount of problems it's not playable. I have to tune it every 15 minutes even with locked tremolo and tighten tuners. I recommend investing your money somewhere else and a lot more money, cause you do get what you pay for. All the best!
Reliability & Durability — 9
It seems durable although the paint has chipped on the bottom and it shows how thick the paint actually is - too thick. It's bad for the sound but you can bump it around without scratches or dents. The neck head is very nicely finished on mine, well polished, no rough edges and I have the Stagg golden signature not the crappy oval plate you see on other models.
Action, Fit & Finish — 5
Factory setup was very bad. I changed strings, lowered the action. Then I tried to adjust the neck it would not bend where it supposed to! Instead of raising in the middle it raised around first few frets from the top of the neck, so the action is not even across the neck but dips significantly between 6thand 12th fret. The biggest problem is that they cut off to much of the rosewood on top and the nut is in the wrong place! This is the biggest flaw. Wen you tune the guitar on empty strings it sounds out of tune when you play it - awful! The neck is to flexible so the tuning changes to much when you change playing position. The plus is the frets are quite smooth and you can play fast.
Features — 8
A couple years old, probably made in china, 24 frets on 25.5 scale, Standard Fender tremolo, black glossy finish, 2 humbuckers with 3way switch, volume and tone knobs. The body seems to be made from pine! - very light but no sustain at all. It would burn in 7 seconds if it caught fire, seems that the paint on the body weighs more than the wood. very simple neck with rosewood and normal frets, not jumbo. Basic tuners.