Price paid: $ 457.5
Purchased from: Ace Tones - London
Sound — 8
The Wraith is perfect for my music style, as I play a lot of metal, I enjoy playing thinks like Slipknot and System Of A Down. The bridge humbucker by itself is good for a really heavy sound, especially with the volume and tone at maximum, although it does have a lot of feedback on this setting. The Wraith works well with my amp, a Crate GT15R, and I can't wait to hook it up to something bigger. The neck pickup is good for a nice clean sound, very good for songs like Vermillion Part 2 and a lot of SOAD stuff.
Overall Impression — 9
This guitar is a great metal guitar, it really looks stunning and sounds distinctive. I have only been playing for about 2 years, but this guitar feels so comfortable that I can play more confidently than I could with my old guitar, it's centre of gravity is closer to the neck than that of my old guitar, so the neck tends to slip down when playing standing up, but it's easy to get used to. If I lost this guitar or it was stolen, I would either get another one, or get the Vintage Warp, which is from the same series as the Wraith, as it feels and sounds very similar. My favourite thing about the Wraith is the shape, it looks like you could chop someones head off with it, in a good way!
Reliability & Durability — 10
I haven't had this guitar very long, but it seems very solid and I would trust it to hold up during a gig. The strap buttons are solid and don't need tightening like the ones on my old guitar (a Yamaha Pacifica 112) did, and the finish looks good so far.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
When I first tried out this guitar at the shop, there was a problem with the action, however, this was easily fixed. The pickups were well adjusted and there were no other problems. One potential problem, however, is that when you try to tune the guitar too low, such as Slipknot tuning (B-F#-B-E-G#-C#), the strings rattle against the intonation screws, causing an irritating buzz.