Good guitar for the price:
I bought this guitar because I wanted the sound, feel and playability of a "superstrat", and after cross shopping a lot of other options from Charvel, Ibanez, Washburn, ESP, etc..., I settled on this because it had the features I was looking for at a price that was comfortable to me.
First the negatives: there were some nasty-sharp fret ends on the treble side of the neck, but a little work with a very fine file, AND a few days in my music room have sorted that out nicely.
That's it, that's the only negative I have.
When I plugged in and tuned it, I was amazed to find out that it was tuned to E-standard and totally playable right out of the box. THANKS SWEETWATER. However, I tune a half-step flat, so I got my first lesson in Floyd Rose adjustment right then. To my amazement, everything I'd heard about FR tremolo systems being difficult to adjust or set up is at the very least, overblown. You'll need a cross-tip (Phillips head) screwdriver and the Allen wrenches that come with the guitar to adjust it. That's it.
So, tuned to Eb and everything tightened down, I dug into playing this thing.
The nut is wide, the fretboard is WIDE and FLAT. It has a thin, but not Ibanez Wizard-thin neck with flattened D-shaped profile that makes it feel like you're fretting on a basketball court. You've got a lot of room for technical stuff.
Everything seems solidly built, but I've only had it a week, so time will tell.
The bridge pickup SCREAMS, but has an organic quality that kind of hints at the fact that they're Alnico V magnets, not ceramics. The neck and middle are okay for cleaner, lower gain stuff, and they're actually pretty articulate at lower volumes, likely due to the treble bleed circuit that maintains the higher frequencies when rolling off the volume. With a clean amp, this is a pretty thin sounding guitar, compared to my LP, Strat, and Tele, for example.
This thing is meant to be played into a high-gain amp, and for those sounds; 80s Hair Metal and such, it'd be hard to beat this guitar at this price. It's not a very versatile guitar, but it does its one trick exceptionally well.
If it hadn't been for those nasty fret ends, it would have gotten at least another star.