I've had lots of guitars from all the major manufacturers but this is the best yet for me. If this guitar was lost or stolen I would replace it with an identical model. I see little room for improvement for this guitar. One of my favorite aspects of this guitar is the low weight. I can play it all night and never even notice it weighing down on me. It is super fast and I get people commenting on the looks all the time.
I considered the classic but the frets on the NiteFly are a bit larger which I like more. I lost 2 frets but it was worth it.
This guitar only likes 9s. If you want 10s you'll have to have somebody recut the nut for you.
How well does it stay in tune? I tuned it up before our last show, played the whole nite without ever tuning again, whammy bar action like crazy too, put it in the case, took it home and back to rehearsal the next week, plugged in and the G string was just barely out of tune. It is unreal.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $1000.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician's Friend
The action is perfect for me. Low and comfortable with no buzzing or false notes. Does not fret out when bending strings. The guitar is fast. If you like shredding you'll love this guitar. No flaws when I bought it. It now has some gig wear but that's just part of playing out.
I use a digital modeling amp with this and I get all the sounds I want from shimmering clean to heavy grind. I play all kinds of music with this guitar and it is well suited for just about anything. However, I would suspect that jazzers might prefer a humbucker pickup in the neck position. I've recorded with this guitar and I gig with it on a regular basis and I always get the sound I want.
It is tough and can withstand playing out. Everything is holding up great after 7 months of hard use. I would like strap locks with it though but it's never pretended to fall off either. Set the truss rod once and it's pretty much there for good even through climatic changes. It is simply amazing.