Price paid: $ 260.13
Purchased from: Musician's Friend
Sound — 10
The sound is the real reason I've always been drawn to Les Pauls, and this one doesn't disappoint at all. It's got sustain for days, and the open coil Alnico V Classic humbuckers really scream - so much so that I've had a pro touring musician offer to trade me a limited edition Mollenhauer LP Master Class for it. Yes. He liked the sound of my $260 guitar so much he was willing to trade it for a $3000 guitar. So do I, to be honest.
Overall Impression — 9
This is an incredibly versatile guitar, and honestly worth WAY more than the $300-350 you'd pay for one Brand New. It's honestly more like a $800-1000 guitar, and for rock/blues sounds as good as or better than guitars costing 10 times as much. If you're considering one, you'd be foolish not to buy it.
Reliability & Durability — 8
The only gripe I have with the guitar is the tuners. They don't hold tune as well as I'd like, but that's a fairly easy upgrade, and a set of Sperzel locking tuners will make their way onto this axe at some point. In the meantime, it's mainly a studio guitar, while my Mollenhauer SST Klassik and Washburn D10S go to gigs with me.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
Setup from the factory is not the best, as one can imagine. The action and intonation needed some adjustment, and a new set of strings was mandatory. (Solved with a setup and a set of Cryo Blues.) Other than that, the fit and finish is surprisingly free of flaws for a guitar that typically retails for $300-350.
Features — 10
I last picked up a guitar in 1989, and I had wanted a Les Paul from the age of 13. The looks and the price of this particular model caught my eye. I originally ordered it from Musician's Friend, but the first one arrived with a cracked neck. MF upgraded me to a brand spanking new model for no extra charge, and paid the shipping both ways! It's got the Les Paul feel, the Les Paul look and the Les Paul sound. Great finish (careful with Standard guitar stands though, the foam rubber will damage the finish) and appointments on this thing. I get all kinds of comments on its menacing good looks. Flat black, dark rosewood fretboard with a Roman numeral XII at the 12th fret, Celtic cross on the headstock and all black chrome hardware. Simple and sexy.