Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Back from Borneo + Review: Aria MAC-45

   Okay people, i'm finally back and can probably get back to posting regularly. My internship program in Borneo was great and I'm looking forward to further my studies there but that being said, its a relief to be back. Well, without further ado, lets get on with the review!

Features: Year - don't know, but it was brand new from ordering
Frets - 24
See-thru black finish
Body - Alder? I think
Neck - Maple with rosewood fingerboard
Superstrat shape
Bolt on neck
Lisensed Floyd Rose
Passive pickups
1 vol, 1 tone
5 way switch
Coil tap switch
2 'buckers, 1 coil
no-name tuners
Locking nut (with floyd)
no accessories

Pretty average really, what would you expect from a £300 axe. One thing I must say, this guitar is like a Les Paul, Strat and Ibanez all in one. It dosnt look like it, but it weighs a TON. // 7

The pickups aren't great, just ordinary stock pickups. They can handle high-gain, but not as well as EMG's. But this also means it can do really good cleans. I use all pickup con-figs, a total of 9 becaues of the CT. It has so much variaty its almost unbelivable. it can do strat, LP, anything. It has balls too, just like a LP.

It is very versatile sound-wise. I can get Hendrix, Metallica, Clapton, almost anything out of this guitar!

This guitar also has so much sustain! Strum and E powerchord and just listen to it resonate! I timed it, 30+ seconds! Now that is a long time.

I gave it 7 because it has variaty, but it can't do somthing extrodinarly well, like a start, or a full on metal axe. // 7

Action, Fit & Finish: It still wasn't set up well, the action was waay to low. I ajusted the pickups to my height, got it properly set up. But no visible flaws or anything.

Fortunately, the floyd stays in tune nicely. You might have pay to set it up properly though. // 6

Reliability & Durability: I would immediately put strap-locks on it. This guitar is built like a tank. This guitar would break the floor, not itself! I would with a backup, only because of the Floyd Rose though, not the electronics or anything. // 8

Impression: Overall, this is a nice guitar! If your looking for a good, not to expensive 2nd guitar, then this is a good choice. If you play a lot of diffrent styles, then its about as good as you can get in this price range. If your looking to be more metal though, I would recomend the LTD MH250 (trem or no trem) as it has EMG HZ's, thru neck and a floyd

I gave it an 8 overall because its just a good guitar, sure there are better but this is £300, what more do you want! If you wana be picky just same up 3x as much and buy a guitar not 3x better.

The onlything I don't like is the fret acses. Not the greatest for shred but you can still get up there. Its a bolt-on.. What can you do.  // 8


  1. Glad to hear your back! Glad you enjoyed your internship!

    And thanks for mentioning the guitars weight! I'll avoid this guitar cause I love light guitars best cause they're easy to swing around!

  2. Oh you rhymed there at the start, look at you..hahaha another fine review too.

    1. Yeah, your rhyming habits are starting rub into me. Haha!

  3. Welcome back. And I guess average things can be cool? lol

  4. Borneo sounds fun, cool guitar also

  5. I want to go to Borneo. :(

  6. Welcome back. I like that this one has a lot of versatility and is inexpensive. I might have to pick one up when I get some cash.