Price paid: $ 274.482
Purchased from: Music 47
Sound — 6
I'm using it with a Marshall MG10CD (also part of the package) and on overdrive with full gain you get A LOT of unwanted feedback (not always the good kind). It doesn't have a winde range of sounds at all, it's pretty limited, just acoustic and overdrive although it does sound quite nice. Don't buy this if you want to make a lot of different noises, although as I play mostly rock it does the job.
Overall Impression — 6
It's a good match for my style (rock) but I don't think it could be used for funk or blues or sommat like that. It is a good beginner guitar, however if it were stolen or lost I would buy a better guitar definately (preferably one with a 22nd fret, having only 21s annoying because you have to improvise the equivalent sound but it doesn't work that well). I do love the sound of a solo played on it through my amp, it really is the best sound this guitar will make. If this is a first electric, it's a good one 2start. If it isn't a first, then don't buy it, it will only be worse than your old guitar. Still, it's brilliant quality though.
Reliability & Durability — 7
Another strong point. You could gig this guitar without backup and it would not let you down at all (although I wouldn't actually gig it because I would choose a guitar with better sound). Strap locks are tough and the rest of the guitar could probably withstand a fair few drops and smashes.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
This is the strongest point of the guitar. Everything is put together nice and solid, no rusted/faulty/loose parts on the guitar at all. The bridge and pickups and tuning pegs are just fine. For what is essentially just a Stratocaster copy, it is extremely well built.
Features — 7
I was given this guitar last year (2006) as an xmas present from my parents. It's a nice guitar, with metallic red Strat-style body and black scratch plate, maple 21 fret neck, chrome tuners, etc. It's got a lot of controls (volume dial, 2 X tone dials, 5 way selector) and it's fairly easy to get a decent sound out of it. It's got a good whammy bar on it to. I haven't a clue what the make of the pickups is, it doesn't say anyway. It came as a package, with bag, electronic tuner, spare steel strings, pick and pick case, strap, and tools. I have since bought a proper (and bigger) gig bag so I can get the guitar and my equipment in easier. It's a nice guitar for me (been playing 2 years) but I don't see much point in buying one if you're above the level that I'm at.