Price paid: $ 450
Purchased from: Guitar Center Peoria
Sound — 8
This is made for heavy metal. While it's clean, it has a thick, murky, bassy sound that is associated with passive pickups. Add distortion and you have a guitar suited for modern metal. Though the sound is great, adding as much distortion as you would any other guitar will drown out its tone. But the exception is hooking it into a tube amp.
Overall Impression — 8
I keep this a full step down, drop-C (CDCFAC), and it can handle low sounds, but not quite as well as active EMG 81's or Ibanez pickups can. I actually plan on repairing mine and selling it for an ESP baritone. I recommend it highly though.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Go ahead. Feel free to play it live, because using the right gauge strings on this will allow only the G string to go out of tune. It's very large though, so play with care other wise you'll damage it like I did.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
This guitar is easier to pilot than most Epiphones. Although its very hard to sit and play this guitar, standing on stage and playing is no sweat. The jumbo frets allow solos, although this is made more for rhythm.
Features — 8
Start it off with a black satin finish along with a black pickguard. It has a rosewood fingerboard and 22 frets. Two 1957 Alcino pickups, with a 3 way pickup selection. There's also dual volume knobs and one tone knob. It's got a tune o matic bridge w/ non locking tuning, allowing some nice drop D or downtuning sound. Even with a passive electric system, it has lots of rhythm kick and no need to change batteries.