I'll break down my review in different paragraphs, so that it may be useful, informative and comprehensive for the reader.
1. Introduction/Why i bought it:
I bought this guitar, mainly because I wanted a metal looking guitar that's extremely similar to a B.C. Rich. And this guitar totally delivered that, and more, for this astonishing price. It's really pointy, and it looks almost identical to a warlock, except for the headstock, that's more similar to an Ignitor headstock, or some Mockingbird models. The finish is really good and it has no flaws, it's a really nice, glossy black. Perfect look for metal or whatever you want to play, it's really begging you to play it.
2. What I'm using it for:
I mostly play metal on it. Since i bought it, I played a lot of Death tracks and I also improvised quite a lot of fast, shred type solos on it. It certainly does the job very well. Believe it or not, the comfort allows you to play mostly anything on it, as I also played some funk and Bee Gees tracks on it. All things considered, it's versatile.
Hardware is really good for the price. It has a Tune-o-matic bridge that holds tune pretty well, and the tuners do a pretty good job as well. Let me give you an example to illustrate that. I played three Death songs in a row, and after that, the guitar was a bit out of tune. Not terribly out of tune, just a little bit, and a 30 second tuning session fixed that in an efficient manner. The fact that i tuned the guitar a whole step down and constantly did 1/2 step bends during the songs is worth mentioning. It certainly can take quite the abuse before going out of tune. If i had to pick a slight con in this paragraph, it would be the tuners. They're quite good, and they're very good for the price, but I guess they could hold tune a bit better. Anyway, as I said, it's not a big con, but it's an upgrade worth considering, especially if you want to play concerts/gigs with it.
The knobs are really smooth and sturdy, they actually function/turn better than the knobs of an Ibanez RG i have, which is a guitar thrice the price of this one. The pickup selector does it's job well.
Sound is good. The pickups are extremely good for the price. I considered buying a new set of pickups for the guitar, but I came to the conclusion that a pickup upgrade is secondary. For metal, they offer a beefy, loud, and pretty distorted sound, perfect for various types of metal and techniques such as pinch harmonics. But that doesn't mean it can't handle a less distorted sound, or other genres of music. I played quite a few clean parts with it, and it had a beautiful, non-muddy, beefy sound. Also, it's relevant to mention the fact that the pickups are isolated pretty well, reducing annoying sounds and hissing quite a lot. All in all, the pickups are phenomenal for the price, and with a decent amp/amp simulator, you can manipulate their sound in a versatile manner, how you see fit.
Also, the sustain is adequate, rivaling my Epiphone Les Paul Standard, a much more expensive guitar.
The guitar was properly set up by Thomann, and it was playable right out of the box. The action was low, and it made playing a breeze. The neck feels smooth in your hands, and it is quite chunky. Not tree/baseball bat level of chunky, but quite chunky. It's extremely comfortable. Even if it's a bit chunky, it's on the same level of facile playing as the wizard III neck of my Ibanez RG, maybe even more comfortable. I honestly can't decide. Overall, shocked by the playabilty of this guitar, I was not expecting such playability for such a low price. I'm quite an experienced player, having quite a few years of experience, and I did not crave for a "better" or more expensive guitar while I was playing this one. Everyhing from trem picking to 3/4 note sweeps and long legatos felt effortless. I'm sure the setup made quite a difference in the playability, so big thanks to the always professional Thomann team.
Conclusion: For the price, this guitar is, without a single tiny trace of thought, UNBEATABLE for the price. i am quite an experienced player, and I've been blown away by the quality of this guitar. For the sake of summing up the pros and cons:
1. Great, metal, pointy, black, glossy look. The finish is really good.
2. The weight is nice, it's not extremely heavy, but it's heavy enough to not feel like a cheap instrument. It has a good weight to it. Also, no neck diving.
3. The hardware is good, the bridge and tuner do their job well, and the knobs turn effortless, offering a good feeling when operating them;
4. The sound is really, really good for the price. Heavy, high-output and also quite versatile if you combo the guitar up with a decent amp/amp simulator (such as BIAS FX);
5. The playability is excellent, the neck being quite chunky and smooth to the touch. The action was really low, making playing an absolute breeze.
1. It's not mandatory, but you might want to change the tuners if you're planning on extensive gigging.
2. This is certainly not mandatory, but you might want to change the pickups if you're planning on professional gigging. The stock pickups are very good, but you might want to swap them for more expensive pickups if you want to assure consistency/less hissing, maybe higher output sound for your gigs. As I said, there is nothing wrong with the stock ones, very good for pro players and beginners alike.
All in all, a great guitar that has value thrice it's price, maybe more. it's kind of hard to quantify. It certainly is the best option for the price, and I would warmly recommend it to pro players that are maybe looking for a cheap, awesome metal guitar (like I did), or to beginners that don't want to spend a fortune and also have a really good guitar to start out with. Well done, Thomann! I also bought a Harley Benton telecaster in the past and it was really good, Thomann really outdo themselves with the Harley Benton guitars.