I bought this guitar b/c it was the best I could afford at the time. It was a little known brand so it wasn't too expensive. I am very happy with it even 7 years later. If it were stolem I would be pretty upset, but since they don't make them anymore I guess I would have to find something else. The only thing I think would make it better is if it had a single coil in the neck position. Some Talons have this, mine doesn't. I have friends with Jacksons, Hamers, BC Richs and Fat Strats and I think my Heartfield stands up to all of them. Like I said, they don't make them anymore, so if you want to find one you have to go to e-Bay or a pawn shop or something. But play one if you get the chance, Heartfield Talons are a nice suprise.
Model Year: 1993
Price: $450.00 (new)
Where Obtained: The Music Store
The guitar was made in Japan by Ibanez but for Fender. Fender released them with the name "Heartfield by Fender". It has a 24 fret rosewood fretboard, Floyd Rose original tremelo, DiMarzio humbuckers in the bridge and neck with a single coil in the middle. These are controlled with a 5 way switch. It's got Gotoh tuners and a volume and tone knob. The neck was originally tung oiled I believe and it is bolt-on with a nice rounded heel. The finish is black with a black pick guard. I'm not sure what the body is made out of, but it's fairly light.
The neck is quite flat and the action can be set very low. I prefer a rounder neck like on a strat but this one isn't bad at all. There is some buzzing when the guitar is unplugged but doesn't seem to effect the sound when plugged in for some reason.
This is a very good sounding guitar. The bridge pickup is pretty hot and gets some nice harmonics. Fairly low noise but at the same time some great distortion. The neck pickup sounds muddy using the same amp settings as the bridge, but backing off on the volume brings out some nice jazzy tones. The clean sound is best through the neck pickup. The bridge pickup sounds a bit thin in clean mode. I don't use the middle pickup. I have played this guitar through a Peavy 5150 and my Crate G-60 practice amp.
I never had a case for this guitar because I could barely afford the guitar itself when I bought it. It has been dropped, thrown, stepped on, kicked...you name it. There are some chips in the finish, but after 7 years of abuse I would say it has held up very well. I abuse the Floyd to a degree that should be illegal, but it has not broken and stays in tune very well.