Price paid: $ 158
Purchased from: Friend
Sound — 8
I mostly play classic rock/blues, with some newer sounds thrown in for good measure and this guitar is great for it. I use it with a Peavey Rage 158 and a Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal and with a little tweaking of knobs I can get a lot of sounds out of this bad boy.
Overall Impression — 8
As I said before I play most classic rock and this is a good match. I've been playing for 2 years. If this guitar were stolen I would definitely buy a new one, I love the look, the sound, everything about it. One thing I don't like, and this is not really much of an issue for me anyways, but it is an odd shape which makes it a hassle when playing while sitting. Not too big of a deal but I thought I would mention it. Overall, this is a great guitar for beginners, who are looking for a decent sounding, affordable, cool looking 6 string electric.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I believe that this guitar will withstand live playing, it's a very solid guitar and it certainly has never crapped out on me before. Everything seem like that, with proper care it would last you a very long time. The strap buttons are solid and I would use it at a gig without backup. I recently did a custom paint job on it, but the finish was well done and would last through thick and thin.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The guitar was set up pretty good at the factory I guess. Everything came to me in good order. I really only had one problem with it, and that was when I play the low e and a strings, it makes a kind of "buzzing noise" which I believe is from a poorly filed fretwire, because it is rubbing against the string. That's about it I haven't had any other problems that weren't caused by me. The only thing I could reccomend is getting some strap locks since my strap doesn't ever want to stay on.
Features — 8
(Most of the detailed info about these features came off of the Epiphone website). This guitar was manufactured in 2001 in Korea (as far as I know). The neck is a 22-fret maple w/an Indian rosewood fingerboard and the body is also maple/satin finish. It is a "Demonic" spin on the classic Flying V guitars and has a string-thru-body bridge. It has a volume, tone, 3-way Switch with 2 "Ultra Hot" covered humbuckers. As far as I know the guitar didnt come with any accesories. But since I purchased it from a friend, who knows? The guitar comes in 3 colours: metallic black, red metallic, metallic light blue I have the black one.