By: Dave Zobel from Redding, CA
What is your overall opinion of this product?
First, my three star rating is based entirely on the fact that the guitar arrived as the most poorly set up instrument I've ever received (other than the acoustic I got from the Speigle Catalogue in 1966). After a string set change and two hours of tweaking (the McGuyver kind) I found myself in possession of a first rate electronic instrument. Everything just as Line 6 advertises.
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
The dual humbuckers & the analogue electronics are quiet and cover a great deal of tonal range - good for most styles. Add to that the array of Line-6 axe emulations, which are damned convincintg, and it's nothing short of amazing. The Graph Tech Floyd is one of the nices I've ever dived.
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Medium weight, comparable to an Ibanez RG - even similar neck to the Prestige Elite. Controls often require a quick move of the whammy to one side or the other, but otherwise accessible and visible - Line 6 LED illuminates the emulation selections when accessed.
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
The pick-ups are hot enough for shred - and are a bit louder than the piezo emulations. Nice array of natural tones & the body is more resonant than the Ibanez RGs. The tone knob rolls in nicely without diminishing attack very much.
How did the stain or paint job look?
The blood red finish is sweetly grained. It's as pleasing to look at as it is to play. . .well, almost.
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
The guitar, itself, would be considered a wee bit overpriced - more like a 1200 dollar axe with a 950 street price. It's right at the right listing with the added features. By the way, the "American" Variax of the same model is twice the price - and I can't imagine that it is actually any better (except it would probably be set up more professionally).
How was the action out of the box?
Don't get me started. The strings were over 1/8 inch up at the 12th fret - truss misadjusted, intonation well off on every saddle. Made harder to adjust by the Floyd Rose. After the adjustments - if I do say so myself - smooth string bends all the way to 2nd E - minimal to no buzz with the strings set low enough for easy bending all the way up. Better playability than my American Strat.