Price paid: £ 210
Purchased from: Mark One Music - Deal
Sound — 9
It suits my music style very nicely - it plays classic rock well, but best of all it plays (curiously) metal and blues. The guitar itself seems to be suited to a distorted tone, and playing jazz on it is nigh on impossible. For a metal player, maybe the strings are not thick enough for downtuned riffing, but the high strings are beautiful for soloing on - I just keep breaking the damned high E! I am currently using a Peavey Vypyr 30, so consequently it is having to cope with lots of effects that are already built into the amp.
Overall Impression — 8
I play mainly metal, and this is a very nice guitar to play it on. There are better out there, but I believe that for this kind of price it is one of the best around for small amounts of distortion to heavy downtuned riffs. I have been playing since I was 8 - that was 7 years ago now - and have since amassed a collection of two electrics (this and a Squier Stratocaster Copy), two nylon strings (both awful), two amps (a Peavey Vypyr 30 and A Fender Frontman 15), and a Danelectro Cool Cat fuzz pedal (which is good but eats batteries). I did compare it to one other guitar, (an Epiphone Les Paul Copy), but as I was after an SG, this was the obvious choice for me. I love the body, the sound and the fingerboard - I hate the frets though!
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar will withstand live playing very well, and the hardware (apart from the frets) is very durable and will keep going and going. The strap buttons are definitely solid (if a bit small), although I would bring another guitar - not because of the quality (which it isn't), but more to do with string breakages, as I'm a clumsy idiot.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The action was OK - if a bit low to be honest! THe pickups were adjusted perfectly, and therefore I had to do no tampering upon getting it home. It does, however, have one large flaw. The frets get 'notched' after about a year's usage on a couple of places, and this is (according to where I live) a pain to repair.
Features — 7
I am unsure what year it was made, but as I bought it new I would hazard a guess of 2007/2008, and as with all Vintage guitars, it was made in China. It has a 22 fret neck on a mahogany fingerboard, with (at a guess) fat frets. On the neck, there are pearl inlays, and positioning dots on the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 12th, 15th, 17th, 19th, and 21st frets, so even an idiot like me can't get lost! SG Copy body means that it has a double cutaway body, and the characteristic cherry red colouring, but this can vary. The tuners are Wilkinson, as is the bridge, and there is no whammy bar, and the tuners are non locking- bit of a pain but there we go.There are two volume controls and two tone controls, with a three-way pickup Switch between treble-normal(?)-rhythm. I got a case with it, but this was second hand, costing me 30.