It's currently my favorite and I have a Gibson LP.
Price: $230.00 (new)
Where Obtained: New on Ebay
This thing is well built and worth every penny I spent. It is one awesome 'cheap' guitar! You can look up the specs at Schecter Guitar Research on the web.
Smooth playabilty! The neck thickness falls somewhere in between an LP and a Strat. It, too, is nicer than nice.
The two humbuckers really make for nice sound output. I'm running it through a Marshall VS100 amp -> Behringer 4x12 cabinet. This full sounding guitar is great for rock, but I'm sure it could pull off other musical types.
I've been hammering on it pretty hard lately and it seems to be holding up quite nicely.
This is a great guitar for an intermediate player, or as a backup for a pricier model. Great tone, great looks, and a pricetag that anyone can afford. My "other guitar" is a Les Paul, but this one compares favorably at 1/3 the price.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $350.00 (new)
Strat-type body, with the Gibson style bridge and humbucker layout. #-way switch, and a single knob each for volume and tone. The electric blue finish iws attractive, and looks flawless. The pickups are the "Duncan Design" which I guess means that they aren't crap...
This guitar plays really well, especially for this price range. Access to the upper frets is good, and the guitar has an overall good feel to it. Its got a really fast-feeling neck and fretboard, which has led me to explore more lead playing.
For the money, the guitar has a pretty good sound. The pickups certainly don't have the famous "cheap guitar" thinness that I expected. Between the 3-way swich and the tone knob, this quitar has alot of tonal possibilities. Separate volume and tone knobs for each pickup would have been a nice touch.
I use this guitar in situations where most people would play a Strat. I don't like most single-coil sounds, but this guitar gives a "warmed up" version of the Strat sound, atleast to my ears.
This guitar is the one I travel around with, and I've had it for a year. So far, no problems. The gig bag this one came with was pretty heavily padded, keeps it pretty safe in my car. It's doing well, as far as the tuners are still good, the swiches and everything still work, etc. And the finish still looks great!!