Aria DM-01 Electric Guitar Review

Cost: $379.00 new Huge thanks to Kazu for sending me this awesome guitar! Visit Arai & Co for more info on the DM-01 Overview and Final Score: 7.1 The Aria DM-01 is a modern take on a classic vintage guitar style beloved by thousands. Based on the classic Mosrite body shape, Johnny Ramone and VenturesContinue reading “Aria DM-01 Electric Guitar Review”

Donner DST-100W Review

Cost: 129.00 new via or! Generously gifted for review by the Donner Deal company! Overview and Final Score: 5.4 The Donner DST-100W is a surprisingly reliable and enjoyable take on the classic Strat design. Coming in at extremely budget friendly prices, the DST-100W is overall a fairly average guitar, with no frills orContinue reading “Donner DST-100W Review”

Dean Modern 24 Review

Cost: $649.00 new, check Reverb for even lower prices! Generously lent for review thanks to John from Armadillo Enterprises, Dean’s parent company! Overview and Final Score: 7.8 Dean’s Modern 24 is a mixed bag of luxury features and missing parts. While the tones you can get of the guitar are superb, and the playability isContinue reading “Dean Modern 24 Review”

Fender Classic Series ’70s Stratocaster

Cost: $849.99 new, but find it HERE on Reverb This stunning MIM-Strat belongs to my good friend Sam who left it at my house all weekend, thus making it reviewable. Overview and Final Score: 8.1 While we normally stick to new or best-selling instruments to review here at GFI, this guitar has a very robustContinue reading “Fender Classic Series ’70s Stratocaster”

Epiphone SG Special VE Review

Cost; $179.99 new, find yours on or! This lovely black SG Special belongs to my roommate and good friend Erik who kindly lent it for review. Overview and Final Score: 6.4 The Epiphone SG Special VE is the latest in a long line of high quality and affordable SG from the company. TheContinue reading “Epiphone SG Special VE Review”

Glarry GST3 Electric Guitar Review

Cost: $56.99 new from or! Thanks to Glarry Music for sending this beautiful, affordable instrument over for review! Overview and Final Score: 3.9 Glarry Music’s GST3 is an affordable, Strat-style guitar meant to be an alternative to the thousands of Squier and Yamaha copies sold every year. While the guitar has an unbeatableContinue reading “Glarry GST3 Electric Guitar Review”

Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Review

Cost: $199.99 new, find yours on or! This guitar was purchased from to review and modify in future articles, buy your own ->>>!!! Overview and Final Score: 6.0 As I alluded to in my gear reviews primer the other day, the Squier Affinity Series Telecaster is one of the best comparisonsContinue reading “Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Review”

Chapman Guitars ML1 Modern V2 Review

Cost: $499.00 new  Huge thank you to Matt Hornby from Chapman Guitars for sending this over for review! Find your own awesome Chapman Guitar HERE Overview and Final Score: 9.4 Chapman’s ML1 Modern V2 is an awesome take on the superstrat design, featuring a familiar body and neck profile with huge output from the SonorousContinue reading “Chapman Guitars ML1 Modern V2 Review”

Yamaha Revstar RS420 Review

Cost: $499.99 new, find it on Sweetwater or (Affiliate Link) This review would not have been possible without Stephanie from Yamaha generously lending me this for review! Overview and Final Score: 9.2 The Yamaha Revstar RS420 is a pure garage rock monster. The guitar features a stripped down design with vintage vibes while stillContinue reading “Yamaha Revstar RS420 Review”

Eastwood Sidejack Pro JM Review

Cost: $1099.00 new but look for savings HERE from Reverb Can’t thank Michael from Eastwood Guitars enough for also sending this surf rock meets punk rock monster! Overview and Final Score: 8.2 Inspired by the Mosrite guitars made famous by Johnny Ramone, Eastwood’s Sidejack Pro JM is marketed as an exciting alternative to Fender JazzmasterContinue reading “Eastwood Sidejack Pro JM Review”