Purchased from: Simply guitars
Sound — 8
I play all sorts. From blues to hard rock. It doesn't so much suit the blues, but the pickups are fantastic for hard rock. Set on a clean channel, the neck pickup gives out a rich, bright tone, and the bridge pickup gives a more twanky, almost crunch tone. Used with the right amp, you can get some fantastic sounds out of it. Set on the overdrive channel, things start to get a bit messy. You can get some great power chords and the higher frets give out a fantastic sound, but strum the strings together on the lower frets, and you get quite a buzzy, sort of grainy tone. but that might just be my amp. However, it's great for AC/DC style riffs. Overall, quite a crunchy raw sound. The pickup quailtys surprising for the price I paid for the guitar. Their actually really good.
Overall Impression — 9
Again I play a range of styles of music. The only style I don't think it would fit would be metal and blues. Purley because the pickups aren't right. Other than that, this guitars pretty versatile. If it was lost/stolen, I'd probably look into getting another one. But for the money you pay it's a great guitar. Definate starter guitar. The thing that's great about it, is that it's so versatile. it's just brillaint. So in conclusion, it's really fantastic first guitar. Very versatile and good quailty pickups. For the price paid, fantastic value for money. it's also got the Gibson inlays, which in a way, complete it.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I'm not sure if I'd gig this guitar. I'd probably use it as a backup, but with another one to back it up too, just in case. I reckon it would withstand it though. Hardware seems rocksolid, apart fromt the controls. Strap buttons are pretty solid from what I can tell. The finish on the guitar is great. I got it in all black, and it looks really fantastic. A definate laster.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The gutiar was set up pretty much perfect out of the factory. The bridge pickup needed a dust, and the tuners needed a bit of TLC, but other than that, the guitar was set up fine. Pickup adjust was great, as far as I can tell. Haven't really had any trouble with them. The only flaws I'll point out is that over a period of about 2 weeks, the tone and volume controls started to become very loose, not to the point of them falling off, but to the point where, you turn them to 10, but magically they can go past 10 until they finally stop. Doesn't effect the guitar though. Just a bit of a pain in the arse.
Features — 9
I've no idea where it was made. Probably japan though. The guitar features a double cutaway SG style neck, which offers really easy access to the higher frets for those "out there" moments. It features a fantastically clean, sharp rosewood neck, and a double cutaway body, in the form of a Gibson SG. 2 good quailty humbucking pickups, with a 3 way selector switch (neck, neck and brigde, bridge). Tuners are die-cast metal, but their non locking, all the same, their pretty good. Quite light and delicate. I bought the guitar, with a Marshall MS2 mini amp, a cheap strap, and a load of plectrums. But overall, I'm happy.