Price paid: $ 109
Purchased from: Pawn 1
Sound — 9
This guitar can do anything from Jazz to Thrash Metal, on the right settings. I normally play a LOT of Heavy Metal, and it works great. I use it with a Laney TF300 from about the same era. It can be noisy at times, but only when you have it blasting really loud. It is probably the best guitar I own, sound-wise.
Overall Impression — 10
This is an AMAZING guitar for people who play a lot of different styles. If this guitar were stolen/lost, I would DEFINITELY buy another one. It is a perfect guitar for experienced players. I love it. I definitely recommend this guitar to anyone who likes Strat-style guitars.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar can EASILY withstand live playing, even for people that abuse their guitars insanely onstage. The hardware is in near-perfect condition, despite never being changed for almost 20 years, and being used constantly. The strap buttons are solid, and the strap has never come off while I was playing, even though I headbang a LOT. The finish is pretty much perfect, except for a few chips in the guitar. It would last a LONG time, no matter how much (and how often) it gets played.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The only major flaw I can find on this amazing guitar is a noisy pickup switch, which is relatively common for guitars about 20 years old. The pickups are well-adjusted, and the bridge, despite being a licensed model, is very solid. The guitar is also very customizable, based on your needs. The action was set up almost perfectly at the factory, and I can't find many flaws, just set it up right and it will work fine.
Features — 8
The guitar was made around 1992/1993. I think it was made in Japan, but I can't quite remember. It has a 24-fret Bolt-On Oak neck. It also has a licensed Floyd Rose style bridge, with passive pickups. The only problem with the electronics is it only gives you two knobs. I normally mute one pickup and quickly switch between them, so that doesn't work. It also has a 5-way pickup switch, which makes it hard to quickly switch between pickups. It has 2 passive single coil humbuckers, and 1 double coil, at the bridge, which is somewhat unusual for a Strat-style guitar. It has Non-locking pickups. It has no shortage of features for an experienced guitarist, so that's a plus, right?