Price paid: $ 180
Purchased from: Music123.com
Sound — 7
I play a lot of prog, thrash, heavy metal, shred, everything really on this guitar. It usually gives me a desired tone whenever I play with it and it meets my needs. I use it with a Mesa Boogie F-100, Fender Twin Reverb, and have used it on a Peavey XXX, and Crate FXT-65, this guitar had a good clean sound until I replaced the bridge pickup with an Invader, now the bridge sounds thin but the neck has an entremely full sound. It has quite a lot of feedback, that's my biggest grip with this amp, but with a noise supressor I have no problems with it. If it had Ibanez on the headstock this guitar could be sold for $300.
Overall Impression — 9
I play everything but jazz and country with this guitar. I'd play those if I had the knowlege in those genres. The only thing this guitar is lacking IMO is a locking trem. This guitar give me the tone I want when paired up with any half decent amp. The low price of this guitar is amazing, the pics of it on the site didn't do justice, I would have bought a red one if I knew it didn't look Pink as it does on music123. If this guitar was stolen, I'd be very upset until I finished saving up for a UV-777 or Ibanez 1527. At the time I bought this guitar I was comparing it to the Agile 7 string, Ibanez's $350 7 string sorry I don't know the exact name. I chose this one because of the low price and haven't regretted it at all. Overall this is a great guitar for the price, just make sure you are sure you don't mind a guitar without a trem.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I've played with this guitar live probably 20+ times, I only had trouble with it once and that was when the input jack came loose. I tightened it up and put a little super glue on it and it's been fine since. The strap buttons are very solid, but it being an RG shaped guitar you can't really put straplocks on the upper horn due to the placement of the button and the length of the screws. After I installed the Seymour Duncan invador the 3 way selector does cut out my signal if I jiggle it but that's my problem not washburns. It's a very well built guitar despite the low price.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Out of the box this guitar had very crappy strings, I replaced them and cleaned all the waxy coating off of this guitar. After I put the new strings on and had to raise the action because I use a very heavy set. I raised the pickups as much as possible before they touch the strings to get the highest output possible. The paint was very nice, a few rough spots, no bigger than this circle O so and I don't find that a big deal at all. The 17-24 frets aren't very smooth, I can still bend on them but there is just a gritty feel to it. Everything on this guitar is good quality, the nut, excellent tuners (I love Grover), and the guitar as a whole is definatly worth the money, but I really want something with a locking trem.
Features — 8
Finally a 7 string guitar in your price range, that's what I thought. And picked this guitar up for $180. The guitar has Washburn pro on the plate covering the bolts on the back of the body, but it has made in china on the back of the neck. It is a very low priced 7 string, most likely alder or basswood becasue it's a cheap guitar. 24 med. jumbo frets on a bolt on neck. 2 hot humbuckers, not the best sounding when clean but damn good when dirty. 7 Grover tuners and a HardTail bridge, volume and tone knob, 3 way pickup selector. I got it in metallic grey, the finish was overall good, there were a few places in the lower and upper horns where it was a little bit rough but no big deal. It's meant to be played not looked at. It doesnt't have a locking tremolo so.