Price paid: $ 217.77
Purchased from: Gear4Music
Sound — 8
It suits my music very well, the pickups work surprisingly well for the price. I play mostly rock but bought this guitar (my first) for metal. I bought a BB Blaster amplifier along with the guitar so that is what I used it with, and with that particular amp, when used with distortion made a very gritty, distorted sound, however with my Roland: Microcube, when used with distortion it plays well with a rich overdriven, distortion. It has a lot of feedback and doesn't have a lot tonal variation but for 180 pound guitar what can you expect, what tone it does have is pretty Standard.
Overall Impression — 9
For my style of music this guitar was great, for a bit then I discovered that there was a lot better out there. I have been playing for 2 years and own 8 guitars and out of all of them this is the only true metal guitar and it does the job for the time being, since I do not play metal in my band. I probably would buy another one if it was stolen just because of its price and nostalgic reasons. I love how light the guitar is, I all the time I have been playing which I know isn't long but I played hundreds of guitars and never have I played a lighter guitar. I hate the amount of feedback that the guitar produces.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I wouldn't play this guitar without a backup live, for the simple fact that it is not a gigging guitar in my eyes it just doesn't have the quality or the sound. The hardware will last I'm sure especially since it has a matte finish. Strap buttons are solid and took a lot of effort to take off.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The guitar has never been set-up professionally, because of the fact that it's not worth it, the action is high which allows for comfortable bends which was what I was looking for as a beginner. The pickups were set up poorly and had a sloppy tilt. It had no other flaws which I can think of.
Features — 8
Probably made in China. 24 fret, rosewood thin neck. Satin finish over a wood which I can't identify. Asymmetric double cutaway shaped body (looks similar to the ESP Viper). Tune-O-Matic bridge, 1 volume knob, 1 tone knob and 3-way selector. An extra feature which I have discovered after taking off the tone knob, it can pop up and click into place which provides a darker tone, whether this is supposed to happen I just don't but it does make a difference and is quite a novel feature. There are 2 uncovered Wilkinson humbuckers. It has 3 a side Wilkinson tuners which are non-locking. I think it came with a couple of tools.