Submitted May 3, 2010 by a customer from msn.com
"Excellent guitar for the price."
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If stolen or lost, I'd replace it, but swap in the OFR right away. As is, it's more than I expected from a guitar this price.
Excellent sound both clean and distorted from only 1 pickup and a volume knob. You'd think it would be limited, but ESP does a good job of building a moderate pickup that emulates a Screamin' Duncan. I play contemporary Christian music through a 5w Blackstar 1/2 stack with a Wampler Pinnacle 2 reissue and it works well.
Came well set up with allen wrenches. Licensed FR is o.k.; whether it's the strings needing stretching or replaced, any attempt at divebombing goes out of tune. Doesn't matter to me as I'm not in an EVH tribute band, but I did want to see it's limitations. I'll prolly go with an OFR eventually. Great neck, frets, intonation and quality worksmanship.
Ease of Use
Not much to add. My Jackson Sustainor Dinky is Ebay bound as this guitar is a keeper. It complements my pedal board nicely. Guitar - MAB dist/od - Wampler Pinnacle reissue - Carbon Copy echo - Danelectro chorus - noise gate - BBE Sonic Stomp. My Shecter C-1+ is now my backup.
Excellent for a China product. Nice paint and finish, satin neck. I like the 12th fret inlay myself. Only reason for a backup would be a broken string; even blocking the trem, no way to speed load this puppy.
I priced an MIM HSS and SSS strat as I wanted some variety compared to my 24 fret Shecter. All were the same price, although Fender included a gig bag. I prefer the extra $$$ spent on a hardshell case though. Ibanez and Shecter didn't have what I'd consider comparable based on what I was shopping for.
Gave it a 10 because I haven't have to deal with them yet.
The Wow Factor
I gave it an 8 because all the internet adds show the color as more of a Corvette yellow. It's actually pale yellow. It could've used either a deeper yellow or a little red mixed in to give it a tiger tint. I like the simplicity of controls the warm clean sound that growls when you turn it up. I got many compliments after church for the edgier sounds during solos.
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