This was a christmas gift to me and personally, it plays pretty decently. I have the all black one (not sure if it makes a difference or not) and the guitar by itself is okay. The amp that comes in the pack is pretty poor. It sounds like a fuzz box and the cables will start to fall apart if I use them any more. If you are looking into modifying a guitar but not sinking a whole ton of money into it and risking a screw up then this guitar would be great. Otherwise, its a good guitar to start learning how to play guitar.