Price paid: $ 292.8
Purchased from: Sam's Guitars
Sound — 3
Sound is always too bassy, very soft sound: not ideal for metal. Using with Laney Hardcore MXD30 and sounds terrible (fine with other guitars. Neck pickup hisses like mad. Overall it is quite depressing.
Overall Impression — 2
This guitar would be more at home with a jazz/blues player with shoulders like a bull. I've been playing 2 years, I have a new Ibanez GSZ120 which is about 2000 times better than this. I wished I had asked the man in the shop why he was so eager to offload these guitars (they were in the sale) before buying it. If it was stolen, I would be happy to see the back of it, though only a doped-up chump would bother to steal it. The only thing it has got going for it is the looks. It is a terrible guitar, I would recomend anyone wanting a cheap guitar buys an Ibanez.
Reliability & Durability — 2
This guitar is terrible. The knobs are loose, and the metal bits on some have ended up inside the body of the guitar. After a few weeks the neck pickup no longer works. Strap buttons are a lot more solid than my shoulder, would reccomend that you play it sitting down. The finish seems solid and has withstanded many strap snappings without major damage to the paintjob.
Action, Fit & Finish — 2
The guitar feels like it was put together by a man with no thumbs. Action is much too high, but still get buzzing from 5th fret upwards. 13th fret is much higher than the rest, resulting in a kink in the D+G strings. Bridge quickly cuts through the bases of high e, b and g strings. The guitar eats the strings. Nut is not cut deeply enough so when you bend strings they pop out of the nut. Pickup selector makes a crunching noise every time you touch it. The guitar likes cutting my fingers to shreds. It is much too heavy.
Features — 2
Guitar has 2 pickups with humbucker covers, but I doubt wether they really are. It is made from the heaviest wood you can carve (probably the cheapest). Came with a free bag but shop assistants were vague on details about the instument. Will not stay in tune for more than a few minutes of playing.