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The Drive WildFire X3 electric guitar features an exotic arched, flamed maple top on a sleek and modern sculpted double-cutaway body. Its fast maple ...Read More

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An unbelievable price for this fiery flamed maple top guitar!

The Drive WildFire X3 electric guitar features an exotic arched, flamed maple top on a sleek and modern sculpted double-cutaway body. Its fast maple neck is set into the body with a comfy tapered neck joint and has an angled, luthier's joint headstock with a direct string-pull design. The 24-3/4"-scale rosewood fretboard has 22 frets and pearl trapezoid inlays. Dual humbuckers, a 3-way pickup selector, and volume and tone controls give you plenty of sonic flexibility. Chrome hardware includes an adjustable fixed bridge, a stop tailpiece, and precision die-cast tuning machines.


A special note from our Guitar Buyer:
"When we received samples of this guitar to evaluate we did not know what to expect. After all, to find a guitar with a set neck and carved, flamed top we could offer to our customers for only $149 just seemed too good to be true. After taking it out of the box and inspecting it, we found the fit and finish to be exceptional with an attention to detail well beyond its price tag. When we plugged it in to play, it had nice bite and bark through the overdrive channel and sounded warm and round through the clean channel. Whether you buy it as your first guitar or to use as a second or backup guitar, the Drive WildFire X3 is truly a great value for the money."

FEATURES
  • Arched flamed maple top
  • Sculpted double cutaway body
  • Set maple neck
  • Tapered neck joint
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • 22 frets
  • Pearl trapezoid inlays
  • Angled headstock w/direct string pull
  • Dual humbuckers
  • 3-way pickup selector
  • Adjustable fixed bridge
  • Single volume and tone controls
  • Precision die-cast tuning machines
  • Chrome hardware
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4.9

(based on 31 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice guitar . . . and not just for the money!

I just began playing again after about a 10-year hiatus and was looking for a guitar that played well but would not break the bank . . . or my marriage. I bought...Read complete review

I just began playing again after about a 10-year hiatus and was looking for a guitar that played well but would not break the bank . . . or my marriage. I bought this guitar based on the reviews I had read and I can honestly say, none of the glowing reviews was an exaggeration! My previous electric guitars were an Epiphone Les Paul and an Ibanez Roadstar II, both of which I customized and did extensive work on. In all seriousness, I don't remember either of them playing and feeling as nice as this guitar--and the Ibanez cost me $600 in 1987! From the minute I took it out of the box, I was impressed with the finsh (the cherry sunburst is really beautiful), the light yet solid feel of the body, the smooth and effortless feel of the neck and the overall appearance of the hardware. I played it for about a week without an amp (it was on order) and everytime I picked it up, I couldn't believe how well it played. I even went as far as to make a trip to a local music store to pick up a cord and played some more expensive guitars, wanting to make sure that my memory of what a nice guitar should feel like was accurate. I walked out happy because this guitar played as nicely as much higher priced models. Once my amp arriced, I immediately plugged in and made some adjustments. After only a few minutes on the clean channel, I was blown away by the sound of the guitar. The clean sound is really quite nice, especially when playing on the bridge pickup. But, being a metalhead, I was really anxious to hear how it sounded with some heavy distortion. This guitar absolutely shined in all ranges, from crunchy raw blues-rock to thick,grinding metal. I am seriously impressed!Now, as many reviewers have already pointed out, this guitar is not perfect, but anyone who would expect top-of-the-line quality for such a low price really doesn't know guitars. I will likely replace the tuners, pots, and knobs soon, as they are adequate but lack that quality feel that you would get on an upper level guitar. The pickups are great for beginner-to-intermediate players and people who are just wanting to play guitar as a hobby. But anyone who is the least bit picky about their sound will probably want to upgrade to some Duncans or DiMarzios. All in all, this guitar is probably one of the best buys I have made. Quality workmanship, great feel, solid performance. With a few upgrades, this is a guitar I plan on keeping and enjoying for years to come. In fact, that price is so low I may just buy a second one and set it up differently just to give myself a little more versatility.If you are thinking about buying this guitar, don't hesitate. You will not be disappointed!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A decent entry level guitar

The package came today and I could hardly wait to get it open. I pulled of the plastic wrap and there it was. Beautiful. The vintage sunburst was wonderful. I always inspect my...Read complete review

The package came today and I could hardly wait to get it open. I pulled of the plastic wrap and there it was. Beautiful. The vintage sunburst was wonderful. I always inspect my new guitars, so, to the back we go. The finish on the back was not nearly as good. I could count the number of wood pieces by the waves and lines in the finish. Upon removal of the back cover I noticed the shims made of scrap wood. The solder joints are clean and tidy and the wood is real wood. It does not look like plywood. The pick-up routs are clean but the maple top is not more than .25 of a milimeter thick. Ok,let's put it back together and see how she plays. The fret work could be better and there is plenty of fret buzz. The pick-ups sound just fine and they break up nice when the old ampeg is goosed a little bit. With a little work this will be a nice guitar. Is it perfect? No. It is though,a very nice guitar for the money. Great for a beginner to learn on, but, it will take some work to make a competent playable guitar. If you are looking for good entry level to mid grade instrument this could be it. The X3 is better than most of the other instuments in this price range.

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5.0

Sweet deal

By guitarplayuh

from Hartford CT

I've had this guitar for several months and have a lot of fun with it. The stock pickups are okay, but when I put this through the overdrive channel on my amp and used a distortion pedal it sounded sweet! Someday I'll replace the pickups, but for now they sound very pleasing (I'm into metal).Looks-wise this guitar is very unique. The body is a bit smaller than other guitars, but I'd actually prefer is this way as it fits nicely and it's light-weight. Like people were saying, the tuners and buttons are cheapish, but quite honestly they work well anyway.The action is buzzy, even with new strings, but everyone seems to be getting different results in this department. In my case I'll have to add a bit more action to the guitar. I do like the string-through design though.All in all this guitar is an excellent value. If you buy it and upgrade it, this could be a professional-sounding guitar and everyone will ask you about it.

 
5.0

Amazing!!!!!!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I bought his guitar as backup, but i play more than my main guitar, which is an american tele, i got cherry sunburst and it looks amazing. I love to use the neck pickup, and the bridge pickup provides amazing bite, together they are balanced

 
5.0

Very good second or backup axe

By Bones

from Santa Cruz, CA

I got the Cherry Burst one - really nice finish job on the top. This isn't a "perfect" guitar. The back paint job has minor flaws and you can see the ripples in the back where wing pieces were glued to the center piece. When I took off the control cover on the back to see what kind of electronics were in there I noticed small wood shims to shim the cover so it would match the level of the back. Nice try. But I don't count this against it as the front is what most people see and it is great - especially in the Cherry Burst. The sound is fine - good clean jazzy/bluesy lows with the tone way down. Boost the gain and raise the tone and it gets a good rock or country sound. Way more gain and you get into a nice metal tone. If you want slightly better sustain and more attack then I would put in a good set of replacement pickups. But the stock ones will work fine for most uses until you can afford to upgrade. I wouldn't say any of these minor flaws were a reason to NOT buy this guitar. All-in-all a very "worthy" axe that can be a quality backup axe for a pro or a good axe for a beginner or intermediate guitarist. I rated it high throughout and I would definately buy a replacement if mine was lost or stolen.

 
5.0

Great value--fun to play

By Tubatoothpaste

from Central Illinois

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Have only had this for about a month. So far so good. Wanted a cheap axe with humbuckers to play rhythm at church (usually play bass). It was good to go right out of the box. Holds tuning well, even with the strings that came with it. I like the mellow sound with the toggle set towards the neck pickup (that setting works nicely for fingerstyle/classical also), and the nice biting sound it gives with the toggle switched toward the bridge. I gave it a slightly lower score for quality because the fingerboard stained my fingertips black the first few times I played it. Also note that you'll get a lot of comments about it appearing to be short scale. I compared the length from nut to bridge against a strat. It is about 3 cm shorter than the strat. Just tell people "I play a little guitar...." But it looks great, plays well. Had to give it a 10 for value. (The cherry sunburst looks as nice in person as it does in the pictures)

 
5.0

Amazing Guitar for the money

By PeteC

from Raleigh, NC

I purchased this guitar based on the reviews here and I was not at all disappointed. I got the Vintage Sunburst and the finish is gorgeous and flawless. I was looking for a "smaller" guitar that I could use while sitting at the computer and this fit the bill perfectly. The sound and playability are awesome. I did need to monkey with it a bit to get the action just right. When I received it the action was set nice but the E and A strings buzzed around the 5th-7th frets...but after just a bit of tinkering it's perfect now.I play it for practice through my computer setup but have played it amped and it sounds great also. If you are looking for a nice practice guitar I could not recommend this higher and for the price you can't beat it.

 
5.0

Outstanding Guitar Value

By Jim-osQlE

from Superior, WI

I have several nice bolt on neck electric guitars including an American Stratocaster and a couple of Ferringtons, but I wanted a solid body electric guitar with a glued on "set" neck. I choose the Drive Wildfire X3 because I couldn't find a single bad review about it, and it was extremely inexpensive.Well I received the X3 yesterday and I was completely satisfied (actually overwhelmed) by it. The guitar came out of the box without any need for (major) set up. Heck, even the strings seemed OK to me, although I prefer them a little heavier. I didn't have to adjust the action, set the intonation or straighten the neck. I just took it out and tuned it and played it. And it played very nice indeed. It sounded clean and full through a wide range of tone.I gave it a 10 for 'features' for the simplicity with effectiveness of the design. One volume, one tone, and one pickup selector switch. I gave it a 9 on 'quality' because the neck on mine had a very slight twist, but not to the point of being an issue. Also I think the pickup selector switch should be mounted a little further from the strings. I accidently changed the switch a couple times doing some hard strumming and finger picking.Giving it a 10 for 'value' and 10 'overall' was a no-brainers.Paying what I did for a guitar of this quality is almost scary.

 
5.0

IT'S A STEAL!!!!!!!!

By who cares...

from New Jersey

The perfect guitar for anyone. I'd recomend it for beginners, but even after I got my Dean Razorback and later on my Moser BViT I kept this thing and still play it when I just want to goof around. For such a cheap guitar it's one of the best I've ever played.

 
5.0

Absolutely Amazing Value

By Old_Dude

from Tulsa, OK

My brother bought one of these when they discontinued the solid colors. I was amazed by the good quality when it arrived. Every feature, from the wood to the electronics to the workmanship, greatly exceeded my expectations.A month later one of my co-workers wanted to buy a 'first electric guitar' for his son. I recommended this guitar and he ordered one- a vintage sunburst. Again, the quality & workmanship just floored me. I have seen many 3-and 4-hundred dollar guitars that can't hold a candle to this one! Indeed, in the case of American manufacturers, this guitar is light years ahead of their 'entry-level' models quality-wise.In the end, I couldn't resist it myself. Dispite the fact that I own 18 electric guitars, I had to buy one of these. I ordered the cherry sunburst yesterday.Like most new guitars you buy nowadays, however, you will need to have it set up by a professional.

 
5.0

Nice guitar . . . and not just for the money!

By MetalHead01

from Yakima, WA

I just began playing again after about a 10-year hiatus and was looking for a guitar that played well but would not break the bank . . . or my marriage. I bought this guitar based on the reviews I had read and I can honestly say, none of the glowing reviews was an exaggeration! My previous electric guitars were an Epiphone Les Paul and an Ibanez Roadstar II, both of which I customized and did extensive work on. In all seriousness, I don't remember either of them playing and feeling as nice as this guitar--and the Ibanez cost me $600 in 1987! From the minute I took it out of the box, I was impressed with the finsh (the cherry sunburst is really beautiful), the light yet solid feel of the body, the smooth and effortless feel of the neck and the overall appearance of the hardware. I played it for about a week without an amp (it was on order) and everytime I picked it up, I couldn't believe how well it played. I even went as far as to make a trip to a local music store to pick up a cord and played some more expensive guitars, wanting to make sure that my memory of what a nice guitar should feel like was accurate. I walked out happy because this guitar played as nicely as much higher priced models. Once my amp arriced, I immediately plugged in and made some adjustments. After only a few minutes on the clean channel, I was blown away by the sound of the guitar. The clean sound is really quite nice, especially when playing on the bridge pickup. But, being a metalhead, I was really anxious to hear how it sounded with some heavy distortion. This guitar absolutely shined in all ranges, from crunchy raw blues-rock to thick,grinding metal. I am seriously impressed!Now, as many reviewers have already pointed out, this guitar is not perfect, but anyone who would expect top-of-the-line quality for such a low price really doesn't know guitars. I will likely replace the tuners, pots, and knobs soon, as they are adequate but lack that quality feel that you would get on an upper level guitar. The pickups are great for beginner-to-intermediate players and people who are just wanting to play guitar as a hobby. But anyone who is the least bit picky about their sound will probably want to upgrade to some Duncans or DiMarzios. All in all, this guitar is probably one of the best buys I have made. Quality workmanship, great feel, solid performance. With a few upgrades, this is a guitar I plan on keeping and enjoying for years to come. In fact, that price is so low I may just buy a second one and set it up differently just to give myself a little more versatility.If you are thinking about buying this guitar, don't hesitate. You will not be disappointed!

 
5.0

Simply Amazing!!!

By Nite Wolf

from Tijeras, NM

I collect guitars so I bought one just because of the unusual look, and the fact that it was a set neck with mahogony body for the price. I have been playing guitar for 40 years and have never been so impressed overall. It was hard for me to believe, so I took it apart and in fact the flame top is one piece and about 1/2" thick. I bought a cherry sunburst and slapped some Seymour SH6 pick-ups in it. I have several Les Pauls including an early 70's standard and this guitar(with the hotter pickups) sounds like a Gibson. I bought 2 more. I left one as is just for collectors sake, and the other (a dark tobacco sunburst model) I slapped in some Gibson PAF humbuckers and it is a tone monster. I use these regularly now. The stock pickups are weak but have a nice clean tone. The craftsmanship of the Chineese manufacturer is quite amazing. Nobody knows of theese, and when the word gets out, they will sell for a much higher price. It is light, well balanced, and very comfortable to play. The neck dimensions, inlays, and feel, are identical to my Gibsons. Out of the box this is a superior instrument compared to others in the same price range such as BC Rich, Squire, Epiphone, Ibanez, and Jackson. I would reccommend it to beginners as well as working musicians. It actually sounds as good maybe better than my 2006 Les Paul and cost 20X'S less. It fits into a Les Paul case, and I reccommend the Musicians Freind Les Paul case if your interested at about 1/5 the price of the Gibson case. Buy one, two, three, or all four. Simply Amazing!!!

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