I chose this over a couple of ibanezs in the same price range, as well as some jacksons. I chose it because the neck felt perfect as soon as i picked it up. I was hooked. I would probably not buy it again if it were stolen, only because i would probably buy a new amp instead. Don't get me wrong-this is a great guitar. New pick-ups would make it sound even better, as well as an original Floyd Rose. I love the overall feel of this guitar. The neck is not too thin, not too thick. The body is comfortable, and the sound is great.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $425.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars Music in Denver, CO
This guitar was made in Korea, and as far as I can tell those Koreans know their stuff. Neck-through mahogony body with a gorgeous flamed maple top, my model has the see-thru black cherry finish. 24 extra-jumbo frets are ideal for lead, and can esaily accomodate rhythm as well. H-S-H pickups configuration, all EMG-HZs. 1 tone, 1 volume and a 5-way switch. The licensed Floyd Rose gets the job done, but makes alternate tunings and changing strings a hassle. I would recommend having a back-up if you plan to gig with it, because a broken string will ruin your set.
Very easy to get good action, I like mine pretty low. The neck is not as thin as an Ibanez, but it's still very comfortable. A few of the frets buzz a little, but this can usually be fixed by adjusting the action.
I use it with a Fender Princeton 65, and for effects I have a 95Q crybaby and a Boss Amp Factory. This guitar definitely lends itself to the heavier end of the musical spectrum, but it can do a decent strat imitation and can play some killer blues. I've added a Dimarzio ToneZone to the bridge, and i would definitely recommend it. It really clears up the sound in high gain situations, and is great for the single coil on the clean channel.
Like I said, have a back-up available. This was my first guitar with a double-locking trem, and while you can definitely do some cool stuff with it, changing strings and tunings is a hassle. I've had it for almost two years and the truss rod is fine, and i've taken it on a plane to Chicago from Denver. Other than the trem, this guitar is a tank.