Price paid: £ 200
Purchased from: Absolute Music (Local Retailer)
Sound — 8
The guitar has a really nice sound to it, I play through a Marshall JCM 2000 TSL60 amp through a Marshall MG412 cab. It gets a nice tone, nearly what I want it's oh so close, I need something just to push it over the edge, which is why I'm getting a Seymour Duncan sh4 for the bridge. As stock it is a really nice guitar capable of some nice sounds, not quite there for my personal requirements, but then I play a lot of hard rock and need pretty high output pickups and the stock doesn't quite give me enough but the guitar in itself can handle anything I through at it from puck to metal to blues rock to really crisp beautiful cleans it can get them if you dial those tones right.
Overall Impression — 8
I like this guitar I would personally by an Epi Les Paul Custom if I had to replace or upgrade I just like the feel of a LP but it's great, and I would recomend this to any intermidiate player out there. I've been playing for about 2 years and have quickly upgraded all my equipment and this is still with me after about 8/9 months or more so it must be doing something right!
Reliability & Durability — 7
It's a nice reliable guitar, I rely on it every gig and it's my main guitar, the strap buttons are sollid now, but then I use schaller strap locks so it should be! there are a few dinks which have come pretty easily which is really annoying but then I's kept in a gig bag not hard case so it's my fault!
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The finish is quite nice, when I changed the strap buttons to accomodate schaller strap locks they kept on coming loose so I had the holes filled and re drilled by my local workshop but then that cost me only 10 so it's not a bank breaker, the shop set my guitar up for me so it was in pretty good order.
Features — 8
This was made in 2006/7 in the far east China I believe, it has a 22 fret neck typical of most guitars of this type, being a replica of the 1960's SG I believe it most likely has the nice 60 neck but I don't know wether that is unique to gibsons? I haven't played the Gibson so I couldn't tell you. The body itself is the classic SG design featuring 2 passive humbucker pickups and a tune o matic bridge. One of the guitars nicest features is the Grover tuners that really help the guitar stay in tune they work really well, still it does suffer from the good old g string problem as seems to be the case with most my guitars, where the g goes out fairly quickly. No accessories and suprisingly no warranty came with this guitar.