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Drive WildFire X3 Electric Guitar

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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 ...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
Stop tailpiece and tune-o-matic bridge
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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

Absolutely Amazing Value

By Old_Dude

from Tulsa, OK

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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

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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

Best Deal Musician's Friend Has... by far!!!

By Ruppert

from Sicklerville, NJ

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I just got my X3 yesterday. I have a few other guitars: Guild Hammer, Epiphone Les Paul Junior, Fender 12-String, and a few acoustics. This guitar seems to be the best of all of them. It is stunning to look at! I got a Cherry Sunburst and the arch top is well-crafted. The maple flame is simply stunning. I noticed that the humbuckers have a very good natural and clean tone and give a fat distorted crunch when played a little louder. I also used this with my Line 6 pod and it sounds incredible. The set neck is nice, a few minor adjustments and the guitar has incredible action. The tuners seem to be strong, especially right out of the box.

 
3.0

A decent entry level guitar

By Chuckie

from Mid Michigan

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.

 
5.0

You need to believe !!

By Wilson-GXr7D

from Chandler,Az.

I have played a 72 Les Paul Deluxe for 34 years and could not fathom the the aspect of accepting to play a "back up" guitar at any price,untill I tryed this one. This sweet little guitar blew my mind when I hooked it up to my vintage Musicman RD100 amp. It sounds and plays fantastic right out of the box.The finish,action,and hardware reflect a much higher price tag.Speaking of price.....you got to be kidding. What an outstanding value!!

 
5.0

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

By who cares...

from New Jersey

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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

Nice!

By Lugnut-Tele-Man

from Missouri Ozarks-Branson

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I took a look at this Axe` and thought No way, but read some of the reviews and then bought it, when it came, I was astonished! For this amount of cash, its incredible! This guitar looks and plays better than my old Les Paul, Excellent finish, very good electronics. What more could you ask for...go for 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

This Is great

By Turnip

from WI

I don't understand why no one has written a review about this guitar yet. It is amazing for it's price! Sure it's not the best guitar in the world, but it's one darn fine one. I would suggest this to anyone: beginners that are not looking for the perfect sound, (which it is close to) and to "experts" for it's beauty (the emerald starburst). This is an amazing guitar.

 
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

Very good second or backup axe

By Bones

from Santa Cruz, CA

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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 for its price!

By Holly

from APO, AE

I bought this for my husband to learn on, and it is gorgeous! The strings that came with it sucked and caused major fret buzz on the E and A. It cleared right up when I put some Slinkys on it though. Nice sound and great to look at. :) I may have to borrow it back from my husband....

 
5.0

Amazing Value!!

By AngolaJonno

from Indiana

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My band has a show coming up an about a month and my singer wanted to make the transition from playing only an acoustic guitar to playing an electric also. He asked me if i knew of one that was decent quality yet affordable. I told him hat i had heard a lot of great reviews about this guitar. He got one and let me take it for the weekend to give it setup job and new strings. I was amazed. I play a Schecter C-1 Classic (which is one of the best guitars out there, in any price range) and the finish is comparable. Very nice and vivid. The pickups are very generic, but not terrible. But they do lack the clarity and punch that the Seymour Duncans in my Schecter have. I liked this guitar so much I even ended up getting one for our show. The Cherry Burst is really nice because you can see the Flamed wood all over the top. On the other models it stops were it fades to black. You couldn't ask for a better first guitar, a decent second, or with some new pickups, a main ax. GET THIS WHILE YOU STILL CAN!

 
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

great for the price

By Rockabily BOB

from San Jose, CA

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Got the cherry color guitar christmas morning. It is a great guitar, looks great, feels great, but does not sound great. There are two problems with the sound. #1 The tuners are awful. They have that gritty feeling that you know means you are gonna lose tune quickly. #2 The action needed a little work, but that was simple. Bring it down a bit and fine tune it and its ready to go. #3 The pickups aren't that great. The neck pickup is good, ill give it that. It was greater than expected, but it could be much better(its a bit muddy). The bridge pickup was exactly what i thought it was gonna be. Not hot enough, bad tone, some noise issues and too clean for my taste. The next day i bought 2 new pickups an SH-14 and a SH-2N Jazz pickup. After I installed them it sounded beautiful.PROS: Cheap, set neck, beautiful finish.CONS: Tuners need to be replaced, Pickups are stock don't expect greatness, and the action needs work.Overall if you are a novice guitarist and you know how to tweak guitars, you'll love this guitar. The set neck feature is hard to pass up for the price. GET IT!

 
5.0

Outstanding Guitar Value

By Jim-osQlE

from Superior, WI

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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

You can't go wrong with a set neck!

By jBSXlAcC7

from Wolf Point, MT

I've only had this guitar for about 30 minutes, and so far, it is awesome. Straight out of the box, the action is great, and oh my God is the emerald sunburst ever beautiful. This thing puts my Silvertone SG type Rockit to shame, and for the same price, I wish this thing was out there earlier. The strings are good enough for now, sitting in my dorm room. I've played guitar for about 3 years now and this matches up to many top of the line guitars I've played. It seems to be up there with my friend's Epi LP on feel and action, but I can't critique the pickups yet because I am playing out of a crappy Silvertone practice amp. The playability is also rivaling my friend's Ibanez artist.GET IT WHILE THE PRICES ARE STILL LOW!!(even though it's worth like $400 at least)

 
5.0

Great guitar for the price...

By Christo4850

from Baltimore MD

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I bought this guitar because I read the reviews and they were all good. And not mention at this price it's hard to believe you can get a guitar that is made so well. That being said, I use a Fender Fat Strat... and although I like the Fat Strat's sound versatility alot more, the X3 is a good guitar as a backup or for even someone starting out. I was surprised how well made it is and the action was set correctly right out of the box. You won't be disappointed with this purchase.

 
5.0

Simply stunning

By Dan-X6l75

from Los Altos, CA

I was absolutely blown away by this axe. I needed an expendable guitar for a three day gig, and I took a wild shot and grabbed this. It arrived the day I was leaving so I didn't have time to set it up other than change the strings. Set up was pretty much perfect. Action was a little tiny but higher than I like it, but it was good enough. I was amazed at the looks of this guitar, the flame maple looks really nice and the hardware was well machined, mostly (there's a rough spot that kinda cuts my finger if I touch it the wrong way on my D string tuning knob). One thing I noticed is that this guitar is a little smaller than your average guitar, though it appears to have a normal scale. The volume knobs, while visually stunning, feel a little cheap when you turn em. The bridge is amazingly good quality, with a huge amount of availible adjustments. The thing that surprised me most was the pickups. They sound incredibly good. On the tour I played it through a Marshall Mg100 amp using the built in effects and a couple of my own dano pedals, it handled distortion well, but everything was always a little too bright or bassy. More tonal control would have been better. The real standout sound it has is its clean sound. This guitar sounds amazingly beautiful when played clean. It's probably the best clean electric I have heard. Anyways, this guitar played like a champ the whole event, and I had several other musicians ask me about it due to its' sound. I would definitely recommend this due to the price, I have a Switch (Drive's High End Brand) Stein III, and this compares very favorably to it. So go for it, for this price, it's a no brainer.

 
5.0

My kid is gonna freak out!

By Bottleneck Bob

from South carolina

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I bought the cherry sunburst for my 7 yr old son for Christmas since it was on sale and highly rated. Comparing it to my 94 ES135 the finish on the Wildfire is better. It was set up fine out of the box and it plays and sounds great! Feels like a quality instrument. Any experienced guitarist would be happy with the X3 and it is a great value. Due to it's smallish body, single tone/volume and ridiculous price, it makes a perfect first guitar. I'm.....I mean my son is going to have great fun with this guitar.

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