Price paid: $ 400
Purchased from: Musicians Friend
Sound — 8
Anyone that has read my reviews knows that I generally play metal most of the time. What you get with this Les Paul is a great metal look, and the ability to play great metal, rock or blues. The sound is deep and full, with a fair amount of weight behind it to give it a nice sustain. Now with that said, you can over distort this guitar. When you do, the overall sound quality goes out the window. Depending on your style this may or may not work for you. I wouldn't say that Grindcore is going to be ideal for this guitar, unless you have very good quality effects/amps.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall this is a great guitar for the money. If you're into metal obviously the look is going to be there. However don't let the dark looks fool you, this is not an over powering Goth look. Anyone can easily fit this into the rotation at a show, or at home. If you have the money, sure get a higher level Les Paul but you wont get more bang for the buck there. You'll get prettier colors, and probably some slightly better pickups. Now for the real question. Would I replace this if lost/stolen/burned down in a house fire? Hell yes I would, in fact it would be near the top of my list of things to replace right away!
Reliability & Durability — 9
This is certainly an axe that you can play a gig with, or record with and not worry about it breaking down on you. The paint does chip fairly easily in my experience, but that again is not going to hinder your play. I will not say that this finish will wear easily, but again it does seem to chip far easier then my other guitars.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
By default the stings in the upper areas of the neck are far far to high. You can bring them down with the Tune-O-Matic bridge, but the tolerance for error is small in regards to fret buzz. If you work with it (assuming you do not change the nut) you can find something that will work for you, however that is a matter of patience and time.
Features — 9
Made in 2006, and purchased that same year. This monster has 22 frets, on a Rosewood neck. Body is made of Maple, with a set neck and completely blacked out. As with almost all Les Pauls you get a Standard Tune-0-Matic bridge, and dual humbuckers. No big frills here, just pure Standard Les Paul styling. The only complaint is actually the paint job on them. While it looks great, it also is very hard to keep looking that way. Scratches show quickly, and you're never going to keep it looking clean. Though thankfully that doesn't stop it from playing and sounding good.