It’s the only guitar here with a mahogany body, so is this the reason for its darker voice? Quite possibly, it certainly is dark compared to the other two and provides a crushing metal-tone: think Meshuggah injected with lead.
Both the maple top and the active pickups contribute to a high-end boost that lets the huge tone cut when required, and clean it’s probably the best of the bunch: adding a touch of chorus and delay to the neck pickup gives a lovely sparkling tone for augmented and suspended chords.
Pros: Cool looks; huge tone; good price.
Cons: Crowded headstock; not much else.
Verdict: An impressive and attractively priced eight-string with looks that set it apart.