Price paid: £ 175
Purchased from: Soundcontrol
Sound — 8
I use it with a Vox Valvetronix AD30VT amp and it sounds pretty good to be honest. You can get a good variety of sounds on it, although I used to play it through a Marshall 15DFX and it did not sound half as good, so the amp does matter hugely. You can get some good clean sounds from it as well as getting dirty with it. For the price now at 120, you can't get a much better sound, except perhaps with a Cort.
Overall Impression — 7
I've used it for 5 years, I did outgrow it after 3 but lacked funds to replace it. I am just about to replace it with a Cort. When playing lead the sound can be quite shrill and piercing, but that's what you get. It can be controlled to an extent, but not as much as I would like. For a beginner I would advice no other guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 7
Few issues with the wiring coming loose, but I've had it for 5 years now and it Still Remains a good guitar. I would and have played Live with it, was fine, but at the end of the day it is a budget guitar. The whammy bar though takes it completely out of tune straight away.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
It's ok. You get what you pay for it is not a stunning guitar, but compared to others in the price range it is very very good. I had some trouble with fret buzz, but that was sorted out. Generally though the guitar stays in tune well, i haven't had any big problems as far as that is concerned. Some of the wiring did come loose and had to be re-soldered, but that has been my only issue. Also the action is not as low as i would like, but again that is what you p-ay for.
Features — 7
Solid Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, it was made in Europe in 2002. It has a 5 way selector Switch, volume and tone controls, Standard stock Yamaha HSS pickups. The pickups are not the best and especially the H pickup lacks something, but you can get some good sounds with it when combined with the right amp and effects, and also the tone controls can be quite noisy.