Price paid: $ 250
Sound — 8
I play anything from Jazz to straight up Heavy f--king Metal. I say it covers everything well enough for my tastes. I know it doesn't excel at covering Everything. It does a good enough job for me though. I'm playing through a Peavey Vypyr 15 so I have some versatility in that regards with my sound. After all, the tone comes from the amp and the guitar. It's a very quiet guitar on most setting, and I can get it to sound full or crisp and clear with ease. Just depends on my settings. I'm probably going to Switch out my pickups for a Duncan JB/Jazz combo.
Overall Impression — 8
This is a good match for me. I've been playing for about 2 years now, and I only own a Squier Strat and this along with my Peavey Vypyr 15. If it were stolen I would buy it again. The thing I hate about this is the short scale neck. I like long scale necks. I compared it to pretty much every guitar in my price range, and I chose this one because I thought it was the best deal. I kind of wish it had a trem on it, but I believe I can just fit a Kahler trem into it. (According to the people at guitar center.)
Reliability & Durability — 8
I believe this guitar will withstand live playing. It's solidly built and mahogany is definitely not a weak wood. The hardware seems well built, I have full confidence it will last. I switched out the strap buttons for Dunlop Strap Locks. It's something I simply can't live without. I would not gig this without a back-up simply because my luck is absolutely horrible and the one time I were to do so, I would snap the neck off the body or do something irreversible to it. The finish seems absolutely amazing. The one problem I have with this guitar is it's not well balanced and the neck always likes to drift towards the floor.
Action, Fit & Finish — 5
The action it was in when I got it was absolutely, positively horrible. It played worse than my Squier at first and went out of tune like crazy. Took it in to a guitar tech and got it setup properly. Plays just as well as my friends Gibson Les Paul and stays in tune even with the craziest of bends. (I.E. Heartbreaker solo with Jimmy Paige's insane 2 step bends.) The bridge pickup was high just how I like it, and the neck was a little high for my tastes, so I just simply lowered it.
Features — 9
I bought this guitar to upgrade from my Squier Bullet Strat. It was made in Epiphone's china plant in 2004. Has a mahogany body, mahogany neck and a rosewood fretboard with trapezoid inlays. The bridge is the Standard Tune-O-Matic bridge. Has alnico passive pickups, classic plus in the bridge and classic in the neck. I must say, the neck definitely is not thin, but I love the feel of it. Tis a set-neck and it feels natural in my hands (well... Hand).Comes with a volume and tone pot for each pickup and a 3 way pickup selector.