« It's OK... »Published on 08/26/11 at 12:55
The neck is fast and thin, and the rhoads has great upper access to the high frets. The shape is a bit awkward, and the bevels, lack of comfort cuts and asymmetric wings can make this an uncomfortable guitar to play.
The licensed floyd is pretty unstable. Sometimes it'll hold tune jsut fine, but more often than not, it's go out of tune with big bends or divebombs.
This guitar is super light because of the scaled down basswood body, really nice if you're gigging and doing a long set.
The compound radius board gos from 12" to 16", and it's really nice for playing in the upper registers, and the flatter board allows for bigger bends, adn overall more space for your fingers to move around on.
The bridge pickup is aggressive and crunchy, but not dynamic or touch sensitive, neither is the neck pickup, but it does a better job of cleaning up. The tones are outwardly good, but they lack a depth and nuance. This guitar is pretty well suited to scooped tones, or high gain tones, where the amp takes over, because this guitar is pretty fun to play, and very fast.
I like the aesthetics of the rhoads shape, but I don't like the feel of it. Your mileage may vary.The lower horn bumps into my leg alot. The floyd not staying in tune is a big no no for me, and while the pickups are not the best, they can get it done if you're playing all out metal. There are much better options for a a metal guitar at this price point. Things that were not available at the time I bought this guitar.