Purchased from: Music Plaza Tampines Mall
Sound — 10
Firstly, playing unplugged, this guitar has lots of volume and a well-rounded tone. Not to mention some natural reverb as well. This is due to the alder body......great tonewood here. Using it with a crate GFX-15. Pickups are ceramic, it would be noisy on high gain when the gain knob on my amp is cranked. Other than that it is not. I play blues, metal, jazz, classic/modern rock stuff. I love the bridge single-coil for blues. That's when a clean tone really shines (i play most blues on clean.).....twangy almost strat-like. Put a middle single-coil on this guitar and it becomes a Strat! The bridge pickup is hot, lots of gain. The sound can be thick like a Les Paul, or twangy like a Strat. Great variety of tonal options here. Sound-wise its great very versatile,even though pickups are a tad noisy, but i can overlook that.....i would give it a 5.
Overall Impression — 10
I play most metal, blues etc. etc. It is definitely good for what i love to play. Been Playing for four years now. Do not currently own any gear. If it were lost,i would definitely get the same guitar. What i love about it is its solid feel and the pickups and tones i can get out of it. However i wish there is an individual tone controls for the two humbuckers so when i Switch on the both of them, i can balance it tonally. I compared it with many guitars. Fender strats, ESP M and F guitars. But they don't seem to be as sturdy as this guitar and besides, they are much more expensive. I chose this because it felt sturdy and it had an alder body, and of course its cheaper!!! I wish it had EMGs built in EQ fuzz effects blah blah blah, but hey! the price tag's cool. This guitar is good, beats the heck out of Ibanez or any of those other superstrats in this price range.....no gimmicks, this is the real deal dudes.....
Reliability & Durability — 10
Whistand live playing...?? Of course. Used it for a single gig and everything was fine. The direct output Switch is a good idea especially in the midst of a gig. The hardware seems solid enough.......the finish is great because it doesn't project my fingerprints or dust on the guitar. The finish is much better and seem much more lasting than some much more expensive Fenders which I have tried out. Strap buttons are okay, not locking or anything, average.. Yes I can depend on it. Would I use it on a gig without a backup? sure......
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Action was low. Pickups were well adjusted. Not too high in which the tone sounds muddy and not too low in which there is a lack of Gain. Bridge is properly set up. Very important in the case of a Floyd. Intonation is Spot-on. Hardware such as the Locking tuners and string clamps on the floyd are rusty, but this is the fault of the shop, not manufacturer. The Floyd especially doesn't have enough upward bend, but after a few string breakages, the floyd seems to move down and this gives it more room for upward bends. I can bend a good 2-3 tones up. and a long long way down.........
Features — 8
Made in Taiwan. 24 frets Master volume, master tone. 5-way blade selector, split on bridge and neck pickups Direct output selector, bypasses all tone,volume and pickup settings,a bridge humbucker tone. - H-H configuration - Yamaha stock pickups - Passive Electronics - Body: Alder - Neck/Fretboard: Maple/Rosewood - Finish: Gloss - Bridge: Licenced Floyd - Tuners: Non-Locking - Neck: Slim, Med.Jumbo Frets 25.5 scale - Accessories: Cable - Body Style: Superstrat