Walked into a guitar center and picked this up out of curiosity, and i left with it! I feel like i have a rare specimen that got through quality control. This thing should not be priced so low!!
In a nutshell, this is an excellent guitar for a starting guitarist to grow into. It is very adequate to begin with, but a few upgrades unlock the SERIOUS potential this guitar has.
Looks - Black. simple, elegant, mean. Apart from the nifty skull inlays there is nothing flashy about this guitar, but that is perfectly fine. This is not a guitar you buy for beauty, this is a performer!
Build - SOLID.
You have to realize that you are buying a $300 guitar. Expect the electronics and hardware to be trash compared to the real deal. That you can change, and what is important is the WOOD. The wood quality is ASTOUNDING for this price, and the sturdiness of this guitar suits a much higher price tag. The neck on this guitar is one of the most comfortable I've played, REGARDLESS OF PRICE.
Sound - As it comes, this things sounds pretty good. A Beginner pickup this guitar can rock it as is for years and have an amazing starter Ax.
But as you become more skilled and more demanding, you can unlock this guitar's potential. The secret is in the hardware. The Floyd Rose Special is actually very decent, but electronics lack clarity and power of a quality set. I replaced the bridge with a Gotoh Floyd Rose, and put in a set of authentic Bill & Becky Bill Lawrence L500XL's and coil tapped them both using push/pull pots and the 3 way switch. Harder metal on the gutiar bridge means a sharper tone. It will bring out the best of the basswood body and you will have a harmonically TRANSPARENT guitar, meaning you can change it's tone drastically with electronics, amp settings, distortion settings etc.. Throw in Dimarzio Liquifier/crunchlab, Duncan JB/Jazz; Bill Lawrence pickups, hell.. a set of Bluesbuckers... whatever you want. The basswood is neutral and will handle it well.