Very good ax for the price paid! I paid more for my fender squire strat and it can't hold a candle to my Les Paul Samick. It also plays better than my '70s replica strat that I purchased earlier this year. I bought it brand new for $265 (they were asking 300.00) and felt like I got a steal.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $265.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Pearson Music Company
Made in Korea. 22 fret rosewood with medium frets. 6 strings. Two volume and two tone controls. Double humbuckers (H/H). Les Paul single cutaway. Electronics to control rhythm and lead settings.
This guitar actually plays better than my '70s replica Strat! It is a JOY to play and makes you think the cliche "it almost plays by itself" is as real as it gets. Am beginning to explore jazz (from 15+ yrs in blues) and bought this one because of that. It is also light as a feather compared to my two strats (and compared to a Les Paul custom which felt the weight of two guitars put together), so it doesn't tire you out.
I currently use a Peavey practice amp with a Boss CS-3 Compression/Sustainer and a Boss RV-3 Digital Reverb and Delay. I bought it to mainly explore jazz. In terms of sound, it is able to sound from bright to warm and full, I haven't noticed any inability to produce real good sound, especially for the price I paid!
Haven't had it long enough or in different situations to be able to answer this.