Price paid: £ 179
Purchased from: Guitar, Amp and Keyboard
Sound — 8
First thing I'm gonna say is that the sound of this guitar may possibly vary more on the amp(something I found). I use this guitar with a Marshall MG15DFX, EHX Small Clone chorus, EHX Big Muff Pi and a Boss DS-1 Distortion. It doesn't sound absolutely 10/10 through my setup but isn't the worst. I have tried it through a Blackstar HT-5 and it sounded brilliant. I'm sure it will sound just as good through any tube amp. I've got a short story to tell about my G310. One day me and my brother were fighting and it was on a stand in the corner. My brother knocked it off the stand and it just fell face first to the floor. There was a massive crack between the headstock and the neck. I glued it back on with trusty Gorilla glue and it did work. So I do still have it with the headstock glued on. It may of effected the sound and resonance of the guitar but it still plays fine. Anyway, it isn't a bad sounding instrument with some brilliant sounds for a beginner guitar.
Overall Impression — 9
It's been through some battles over the last couple of years and has held out well. I have this and a Squier Strat, and also a Fender CD100CE acoustic, both of which I did a review on. It has some good tones and covers a range of styles. It looks a bit gothic maybe, but it still looks nice. If anyone was stupid enough to take my battered G310, I probably wouldn't buy another as I am a progressing guitarist and am buying more expensive guitars now. To make it more useful for other styles, I wish it had a coil split, so you can do single coil stuff, making it that bit more versatile. Overall, some good sounds, easy to use and also reliable.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Judging from the incident, it is a reliable guitar. Everything's sturdy on the guitar and possibly more sturdy than some of the Fender and Squier hardware. Nothing's ever come off except from when I trod on the lead and the Jack input come out. The tuners hold out well and despite the broken headstock, still keep the guitar in tune 99% of the time. Strap buttons aren't moving anytime soon, as the Alder body is really solid, I stand up most of the time with it and the strap buttons haven't moved or come loose for over 2 years now. I would use this guitar live and probably will do in the future but would bring another guitar (probably my Strat). Not because I don't trust it, it's just it doesn't suit every style and the 2 single coils and humbucker in my Strat can do much better at some of my songs, while the G310 does exceptionally well with heavier stuff. The finish is quite thick, and hasn't shown any signs of wearing at all. Still looks the same as it did from day one. A Nice and reliable guitar.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The action from what I can remember was just standard-wasn't low, wasn't high, just inbetween, and it still is now. I have never modded or had this guitar setup so it is all standard. The pickups were just slightly adjusted probably in the shop. The bridge pickup was closer to the strings than the neck pickup. I've left this as it is as I mainly use the bridge pickup. Everything was fine on the guitar, but Epiphone have been known to screw up in the factory before, so no guarantee that yours will be the same. I have recently been noticing some buzz from the high E, B and also sometimes the G string when you hit them quite hard. Not sure what this is. Epiphones are genuinely well made guitars and everything was fine when I bought it.
Features — 8
I've owned this guitar for over 2 years and it is a great beginner/intermediate guitar.It was made in 2008 ans it's got the standard controls-3 way selector, 2 volumes, 2 tones. It has 2 open coil humbuckers, 22 frets, rosewood fingerboard, standard Epiphone tuners, dot inlays, tune-o-matic bridge and some brilliant tones.