i actually have the al3000 and think its great, good for blues and rock. plays some metal but probably would need pickup replacements if thats what ur aiming for
That would be a decent guitar, however if you're aiming for a les paul copy from them, then I'd aim for at least an AL2800, if not the AL3000; the quality of those are so much better than the AL2500, especially since you'd only have to pay a tiny bit more money.