Purchased from: Local music store
Sound — 5
The guitar body and neck are very good quality and sound great, the real fault here is the pickups. The neck humbucker is muddy on its own, and too low output compared to the bridge. It doesn't have very much "bite" and tends to get lost in the mix. The bridge humbucker is the opposite, it has too much treble and twang to it for a Gibson type guitar. The bridge tone is overly trebly, sterile, and harsh. It sounds best with both pickups blended together. The guitar is pretty decent for old school rock and roll, but don't expect a miracle. It sounds good for things like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, etc. If you crank the distortion, you can get an AC/DC type tone, but the sound isn't as crisp as you might want. This guitar also makes a decent blues guitar.
Overall Impression — 7
Overall, good match for classic rock. Pickups are weak, definite negative aspect there. If it were stolen, I'd probably go pick something else up on eBay. eBay is awesome. The finish/wood is nice, I like that. The pickups need to be replaced, and the tuners are kind of shoddy imo. Good beginner guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This thing is built like a tank. I've bashed daily and it seems nice and solid even after a few years of abuse. I'd use it at a gig without a backup (though of course I'd prefer not to). Finish is great.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The guitar store I got it from sets up all the action and junk before selling the instrument, so all that was fine. The finish was excellent, it's all dinged up now, but that's my fault. Durable finish, it's taken alot of bashing. All the hardware is great, but I replaced the tuners, the stock tuners always drifted out of tune on the G and D strings. I have some Grovers (Mini's) on there now. Everything on the guitar is put together well otherwise. When I first got the guitar the three way toggle and the neck HB crapped out on me, but I got new ones free under warranty. Still, the fact that the electronics were so bad brings it down a few points.