Sound — 8
I play a rock and grunge type of sound, this guitar fitted this extremly well as with some distortion it sounds great and with the tone whacked up to full you can also get some lovly notes for all types of solos. The amp I use with it is a Marshall MG15CD. This guitar can provide a loud sound but the quilty and tone quickly deteriates with it set to loud. I am a Tom morello fan and this guitar can do almost everyone of his sound effects with the right effects. I use a Boss ME50 for this. And Tom's style is very wide so it has a huge variety. For the can of this guitar I think the sound is amazing, extremly veristile. Unfortunatly the Vibro System on this guitar is not what Ide can impressive. And I have to say I find it pretty useless. Instead I use a can Baby Wah. But this is my only doubt on the sound.
Overall Impression — 6
The overall impresion of this guitar is that it is excellent to start on but you wont be able to use it one your ear develops or one the wear and tear starts. I've been playing 2 years and this guitar has suited my perfectly other than it's snags. I would not have chose a diffrent guitar because it was a bargin anf woth every penny. It this guitar was to be stolen or lost I would not buy it again I would move one a a more advanced guitar. Although owning a Ephiphone Les Paul Standard I still enjoy a good hour or so on this guitar. I feel every attached to it! I love 90% of this guitar it's jsut the bad frets and the Low E poping out that lets it down! Overall a good starter guitar!
Reliability & Durability — 3
This guitar is not for live use. I've had it 2 years and it's suffering badly from fret buzz! I've also noticed that even my guitar tutors Pacifca 112 which is over 8 years old has the same problem as mine which is the Low E will pop out a lot ruining what ever you are playing at the time. The finish on this guitar is thick, and leaves ugly white marks when damaged it's while make takes ages to fade into a natural looking colour. This guitar is dependable thought and although it would sound horrid I would feel confident to play gig knowing it will not break on me. The hardwear is build to last. I've installed strap locks to be safe but I've never has any problems with the strap buttons before hand.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar was fine and my guitar tutor agreed. Having said that this was off the shelf and CD all ready tuned and set up, Therefore I can not judge the quality of it's factorys set up. Bootlegs Music gets a 9 out of 10 for the set up as it was perfectly done.