Price paid: £ 200
Purchased from: Andertons Music
Sound — 9
I play most music style, from thrash metal, to mathcore, to classic rock, to psychadelic and all the way back again. It suits my music style well, and is as versatile as I like to think my fingers are. I'm using it with a Roland Cube 30 and a Big Muff and a DS-2. It gives a lovely "Spanky" tone at the bridge pickup, hot with attack, and a lovely mellow tone at the neck. I have however used it with a friends Valve Junior and it sounded even better. Lots of great tones to be had with some twiddling.
Overall Impression — 10
I play all kinds of music, and I love this guitar. Great match for me, I have been complimented on it, and on it's looks. I have been playing for 2 years and it was a HUGE step up from my Squier Strat, which now resides in my corner. I wish the company hadn't fumbled the order for my hardcase. 3 months to wait for a hardcase? I cancelled the order, and it fits in my old case anyways. There are some sad, sad people Who think it's funny to steal things, and others, who think it's funny to hide things. I would buy it in a heartbeat, if I could find another one! I love everything about it. Personally, I think the pickguard and the bridge humbucker are my two favourite things.
Reliability & Durability — 10
In a live situation, this guitar plays and sounds as brilliant as it looks. Sings though a good tube amp. I hope to purchase one to break uot the potential of the guitar. I have played it twice in church and once in a concert, and it sung! Would love to play more with this. Could easily take a beating. Truth be told, I was standing in my room, just playing and I set it down on the floor, it slipped on the foor, hit my wooden wardrobe and dented it!
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Set up well, action was perfect for my taste, strung with 10s. Pickups were quite weird, in that the neck pickup is basically level with the pickguard an the bridge is almost as high as the bridge! This does ensure the SG tone, so I'll not complain. Everything else was top notch, cmoing from Epiphone's "Custom Shop" you hope to be purchasing a quality guitar, and it is, right out of the box.