Great guitar for the money. Try to find a dual humbucker with tremolo for this price. It's a knockoff but well worth the money spent.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $149.00 (new)
Where Obtained: The String Shoppe
This was bought as a blem and was priced accordingly. It had 2 chunks out of the finish between the neck and neck pickup. A little electrical tape and I don't know it's there. Plus, what's a Van Halen copy without a little tape? This is a great guitar for the money. I was looking for a guitar to play a little metal and this meets the need. To me both pickups are very strong. Nice ratty bridge pickup sound. Neck is super comfortable. The guitar stays IN TUNE after many dive bombings with the blocked vintage tremolo. The guitar I returned to purchase this one could not do that. This is a Chinese made model and very well put together. Maybe the packing could improve which led to its "blem" status.
I've read other reviews and they have mentioned an initial high action. The shop lowered this for me and it now plays great. As mentioned previously the neck is very comfortable and fast. The only beef I have is that the top of the body is not contoured and your forearm tends to bang into it due to the flat body and the low profile of the tremolo. This takes a little adjusting to your playing style, or bruising on your arm.
To my semi-trained ear the pickups are very warm sounding with both on. The bridge is very ratty as stated before and the neck alone sounds better than my Epi Les Paul Standard. With the right amp and effects this guitar can cover many styles.
So far, so good. It sounds great despite its blem status. Stays in tune, which is what I really wanted among all the other guitar needs.