Price paid: $ 899
Purchased from: http://appalachiansportsmanclub.com
Features — 10
The guitar was made in 2014 in Indonesia. Honestly the "Made in Indonesia." Kinda made it a sleeper in the end, because you wouldn't expect amazing craftsmanship, but when I got the guitar in my hands and plugged in I was truly impressed.
Specs from website:
- Mahogany body w/Flame maple veneer
- White single ply binding (actual binding)
- Full access bolt on neck
- 24 fret thin maple neck with ebony fingerboard (actual ebony, I checked the grain)
- Locking nut
- Super jumbo frets
- Seymour Duncan Distortion bridge pickup
- Seymour Duncan Jazz neck pickup
- Original Floyd Rose with brass tremolo block - 36mm
- 25.5" scale
- Grover 18:1 tuners
- Buzz Feiten Tuning System
- D'Addario XL-120 strings.
Sound — 10
I play all any genre that I can learn thing or two from and have fun with. I've played everything from blues to speed metal. When I'm just jamming I just like to go crazy fast up and down the fretboard, that's why I love the Ebony on this guitar. I own lots of guitars different companies 2 Schecters, 2 Gibsons, 1 Handcrafted B.C. Rich, 3 import B.C. Rich guitars, a couple of DBZ / Diamond Guitars, 1 Jackson Rhoads V (all have Ernie Ball Slinkys). I'm definitely not noob or a putz when it comes to guitars.
I currently play out of a Randall Head with a Bugera cab, the Mahogany body and neck (yes, the neck is actually Mahogany not Maple) create a very warm rich tone. I'm just in love with the warm and articulate tone of the SD Jazz in the neck and the Distortion gives a nice high output sort of kick, just what I want out of a bridge pickup. I would say that this guitar isn't limited to just metal because of the SD passive pickups, you can play a lot more. The parallel switches on the guitar are kind of output cutters in my opinion. It cuts out some of the output while respecting the great tone of the pickups, while giving the sound a little bit of single coil flair to it.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I like my action really low so of course when I got the guitar I set it up to how I play, but a really important factor was that I could because I've gotten a couple of guitars where either you couldn't set the tremolo to have low action *cough* Schecter *cough* or the guitar would buzz through the amp if you tried. This is not the case for this guitar there isn't any sort of obnoxious buzzing from the fretboard. The guitar plays, bends, and taps better than the Korean guitars that I own and have owned, it even gets close to rivaling the Gibsons. The guitar looks really put together and I would say the binding is real clean.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Yes, this guitar will stand live playing and your really getting the best with the Parallaxe at really reasonable price. One of the reasons I went crazy for this guitar and bought it at the Appalachian Sportsman Club is the pro features. Such as the Grover locking tuners, Seymour Duncan pickups, Original Floyd Rose, Ebony fretboard, and individual pickup tapping. The full access bolt on neck I feel is very reliable and really doesn't affect me while I'm playing on the 24th fret. I'll take this to a gig and I'll be happy all through out it playing this guitar, believe me!
Overall Impression — 10
I've been playing about 7 years, own and have owned USA guitars, and all the local music store owners in a 50 mile area look at me with a snare when I walk in because I play every guitar in there store just to compare one to another. I even had a USA Washburn with an ebony fingerboard and it didn't play as fast as the Parallaxe. I love the guitar so much I'm looking to pick up another from the Parallaxe series. The Parallaxe series does what they say and eliminate the need for after market upgrades, I'm truly pleased with the guitar.