Price paid: $ 252
Purchased from: Sounds Around
Sound — 8
I was blown away by the sound of this guitar considering its price. The pickups are particularly good and the variation of sounds you can get are excellent. It is well suited to most styles but it is classic rock/blues where it preforms best. It can do metal but people looking for an uber-saturated sound might want to invest in an active humbucker. It sounds clear even when distorted and cleans up very well giving a jazzy sound when two pickups are used together.
Overall Impression — 8
This guitar is aimed at the beginner and does the job very well. It is a joy to play and only its reliability lets it down. It is very versatile and can handle a wide range of music convicingly. Anyone looking for a first electric guitar or a spare guitar to thrash at gigs should definatly look into it.
Reliability & Durability — 4
This guitar lasted well for it's first year but then started to develop problems. The nut came loose and had to be refitted and one of the machine heads started to come loose due to worn threads. The pickup selecter got very stiff and sometimes got stuck in-between settings resulting in silence. This however, was fixed.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The action, like all Yamaha's, was perfect. Low without being buzzy, playing this guitar was a breeze. The finish was good but there was a few blotches around the neck. The pickups were adjusted reasonably well but needed some fine tuning to get my desired sound but they should suit most people.
Features — 8
This guitar was made in Indonesia and has 22 medium/jumbo frets. It has a Strat-shaped solid basswood body, maple neck and rosewood fretboard. It is fitted with passive pickups featuring two singlecoil pickups and a bridge humbucker and has a one tone, one volume setup with a 5-way pickup selecter. The bridge is a classic vibrato style with a whammy bar. The neck is slim and very easy to play.