Price paid: $ 473.97
Purchased from: GAK.co.uk
Sound — 10
Playing punk is a breeze, the look screams Green Day, and it's easily replicated thanks to the chunky P-100 single coil at the bridge. Beware, with a few turns of the tone control and this guitar spills out blues as though it were crafted by BB King himself. The sustain is incredible for such a low-price guitar and with a decent enough overdrive stomp-box this guitar can bring the house down on a minimal setting. Heavier strings make for a dirty, heavy, rock sound, while a set of 0.09s turn it into a tonal beauty.
Overall Impression — 10
I play a lot of covers, and Green Day is always a crowd pleaser, so obviously it's a perfect instrument for all those popular American Idiot covers. It's probably worth using the money you've saved from buying the Gibson version and investing in a better pick-up and a heavier set of strings. This thing eats up overdrive like there's no tomorrow, so a decent pedal/amp is a must to get that perfect sound. It looks a bit cheap to be honest, but available at under 250 it is, and if it was stolen, it'd be replaced immediately by the same. If you're after the Billie Joe signature without the Billie Joe cash, then grab it. You'll love it.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I tried it out for a few impromptu Green Day covers Live and it takes a hell of a beating. I couldn't even be bothered switchin to a Gibson LP for a Led Zep cover and it did the job with ease. I'd recommend it as a welcome addition to any guitar line-up, in fact, there's no need for it as a backup, just a change of style on certain songs. It'll easily take a hammering. Easily.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Set-up is fine for a beginner, and even for most accomplished players too. For a better punk sound, Switch to a set of 0.12s at least (from the standar 0.10 strings) and adjust the bridge slightly for better sound from the P-100. I can't help thinking a Seymour Duncan Vintage dog-eared single coil would sound better, but at this price, it's unbeatable anyway. The finish looks a bit cheap for my liking, but the neck is extremely fast and playable.
Features — 8
The Epiphone Les Paul Junior 1957 re-issue is as close a copy as you can get from the original. Made in China (as most Epiphones are) the guitar is easily playable from the box, although more mature players might prefer a custom setup. The single cutaway tobacco-sunburst finish is pure retro '50s styling, with a dog-eared P-100 pickup at the bridge. As expected only volume and tone controls are featured with a wraparound tailpiece, and Grover tuners AS Standard!