is this a good guitar? if it is is it better than an esp EX? can it do good with really heavy distortion? and can it handle drop tunings?
Basically the only difference between the Epiphone and a decent ESP LTD Ex series is the pickups and possibly build quality; the Epiphone should do high-gain dropped tuning stuff fine. However if you get a high-end ESP you'll probably find that the build quality is quite a bit higher but they only come with EMGs which can be a bit devisive in terms of tone. I don't like EMGs at all.
I don't own one, but I've played one, and it felt nice and solid. Had a good feel to it.