I looked at a Telecaster, a Santana PRS and an Epi Paul before I found this guitar, and I chose this one because it played so great right off the floor, and it sounded so good with the effects I am using, and the price was right, and because I've lusted after the Axis Sport ever since I played one.
If this guitar were lost or stolen, I'd buy another in a heartbeat.
If this guitar had a Floyd Rose and a roller nut, it'd be just about perfect.
This guitar is perfect for rock and roll; my only gripe is the lack of a clean tone with no dirt (which a different set of pickups would certainly cure).
This is a great all-purpose guitar for a beginner or beyond; it'd also make an excellent back-up.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $199.00 (new)
Where Obtained: House of Guitars Houston TX
Made in China
basswood(?)body, maple neck
22 frets, 6 strings
one volume, 3-way pickup selector
DiMarzio pickups (according to salesman)
photocopy quilted maple
This guitar came off the floor set up just the way I like it; the neck is straight, the action ~5/64. The short scale is great for my fingers, which are somewhat short. The pickups are pretty hot-so hot, in fact, that it's hard to get a crystal-clear clean tone, even on my Fender amp. Compared to other guitars I've had, all in all, this has got to be my overall favorite. All it really needs is a Floyd!!!
Fender amp. For recording effects: Digitech RP6; for playing out: Morley Pro Series Wah, Boss MT-2 Metal Zone, Boss CH-1 Super Chorus, Boss DD-3 Digital Delay.
Rock, ala Vai, KingsX, Ozzy. If it had a Floyd, it'd be perfect!
It has a pretty full sound, kinda twangy due to the short scale neck. Lotsa mids in the neck, pretty nasal in the bridge.
With the selector in the middle position, it has almost a strat/tele quack. On the neck, you can get the Les Paul "woman tone" with a little eq tweaking.
Add a Floyd Rose and a Fernandez Sustainer, and it'd be awesome!!
Since it's dual 'buckers, noise is not really a problem.
It seems equally suited for stage or studio.
I've only had the guitar for a few months, but one thing I noticed right away was that, thanks to the nearly-straight string-pull over the nut, it doesn't go out of tune even in the face of the severest divebombs and other whammy machinations (but remember, it's a strat-style). I have yet to do a set-up on the guitar As far as strap-locks, controls and hardware are concerned, so far so good! As to climate changes, well, I bought the guitar in the dead of summer and now it's November and there's no appreciable difference in any aspect of playability, aside from the fact that it's time for a new set of strings.