Price paid: $ 252
Purchased from: stringer
Sound — 10
I play mostly hard rock, some would call it metal, I don't know there are different opinions so you decide (e.g. Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and such), and I must say it suits me good for this type of music. It also sounds good playing some blues, old school rock and stuff like that. I tried it all on an Epiphone G-400 and it sounds the same. I'm using it on a Vox pathfinder (15W) and it sound great with or without overdrive and distortion.
Overall Impression — 9
I can't say it is great for metal, I mean, you can use it for that but I think you woud soon need stronger pickups, these just don't give enough of power. They're hust more hard rockish. So you could play metal, grunge etc., but it just doesnt't have that crunch to it. Every other not so boom, traaas, karrang style yes! I've been playing for ten years now, and I've had loads of cheap gear and because I still don't have too much money, I still use all that cheap gear. In all those years I've seen too much, but I have been testing most of the expencive gear while I was working in the music store, and if you want something cheap and not good, but great go for this. I would not get it lost or stolen in the first place, it's always near me. But I would buy it to anyone who wants a guitar, it is ten times beter than those squiers, no offence to Squier users, some people really enjoy them, I had two of those and I don't plan on buying them anymore, not unless they change their quality. Don't be fooled by the price that I payed for it, I googled a bit and found that it's much cheaper out there in the big world than here in this small country (but with a big heart). Take your cash and go buy it, you won't regret it. Do not expect a Gibson quailty! It is not Gibson (though I wish I had one). My overall impression.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar will withstand live playing, and it does. Do you need a backup, not only that I don't think so, I know so, it has been tested. Hardware. I can't say I didn't see better, but it will last for years, with no buzzing or any kind of noise. Strap buttons are really solid, I mean, you can jump all over the place and the strap will stay in it's place. Finish is great it withstood all kinds of bumping and kicking, it's great!
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
Set-up was awful! Truss rod was adjusted good, but action, it couldn't be worse, but it was easy fix. Took the scrwdriver in my hands and adjusted those little screws that hold the pickups and tweaked a little that tune-o-matic bridge, and now it's great. One of the thing I didn't like was that the volume nob came off, when I first picked up the guitar, bu when I put it back it stayed there, even after being on many gigs. There are no flaws in finsh and pickup selector is silent as it can and should be, I mean it's silent as a grave. The input jack does tend to loosen itself, but after two months of constant playing. That is easily fixed by screwing it back in.
Features — 10
It was made in 2001 in China. It has 22 frets on a slim taper bolt on neck. This guitar is a copy of Gibsons SG, body is alder and I'm not shure about the neck but the color of the wood seems like it's maple. Neck joint on 19th fret. Finish is wine red, just like gibsons original, not that pale orangey stuff they use now. Neck, though, is left unfinished. Body style as I said is gibson/epiphone SG. It has tune-o-matic bridge, passive pickups, 2 tone and 2 volume controls, 3-way selector switch (neck, brige, neck&bridge). Unknown pickup model, non-locking tuners. Included accesseories: gig bag, although I was expectig to get at least a cable with it. It can not be compared to a Gibson, but still for the money I payed it's great. Just for comparison in my country Gibson SG costs around 2500 euros, some even more.