Price paid: $ 375
Purchased from: Second Encore Music
Sound — 10
Well suited to Skynyrd & Allman Bro. music, as well as punk, metal, alt rock etc... not recommended for Ska or reggie. Amp: Fender Deluxe 165W tube amp, no effects. Very little feedback unless on high Drive settings (7+ reg, 5+ overdrive). Very rich sound, comparable to Les Paul Custom, for less $$$. Excellent harmonics, bright punchy players may want to look somewhere else. Love the full bodied sound, insain amount of sustain makes some riffs difficult, excellent Palm mute guitar.
Overall Impression — 10
I`ve been playing 2 years, now, I also own a stock peavy reactor and a heavly customized squire Strat, I have no regrets about buying this guitar, I would definitly buy this guitar again, im looking for another to customize, I love it for its rich, les paul like tone, and for a fraction of the cost, ive played my friends les paul, and comparibly, it has an almost indistinguishable tone, and is much lighter then the famous les paul, plays just as well too, a faster neck would be nice tho, all around an excellent guitar for those who want the sound and feel of a les paul, but dont want to shell out 1500+ dollars for one.
Reliability & Durability — 8
All repairs done by myself.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
All factory settings excellent, only flaw is loose jack connection, very irritating when player moves around a lot.
Features — 8
Made in 2001 in the US, 22 Frets, Solid Carved top, 3 way pickup selector, 2 Volume and 2 Tone Controls, H/H pickup configuration, HB-103N Duncun Design Humbucker and HB-103B Duncun Design Humbucker Flamed maple carved top, mahogany back, maple neck, rosewood finger board; Flamed maple, tobacco sunburst (finish not listed on Aria USA site), Les Paul body style, Stop tailpiece bridge, Non locking gotah tuners, Fat neck, Jumbo Frets, rosewood, Gold Hardware