Price paid: $ 640.5
Purchased from: Peter Cooks
Sound — 10
Expectations of the sound was pretty high since it had US made Gibson Burstbuckers. And it didn't disappoint. The neck pickup has a great creamy, bluesy pickup, perfect for the odd Sweet Child O'Mine riff or some classic bluesy solo. The bridge however, growls and screams at the same time. It has a genuine Joe Perry style sound that I craved for. The sound is very bright on both pickups, slightly differing from other Les Pauls. Unique.
Overall Impression — 10
Epiphone may have become an infamous brand, making hardly any impressive guitars at high prices. But this guitar changes that. Believe me, after all those Epiphone's I've tested, I know for sure this an absolute winner. Why go for a petty Epi Standard Les Paul when you can have this gem for a few quid more?
Reliability & Durability — 10
The guitar would definitely benefit from straplocks, but apart from that, there ain't no problems why it shouldn't be gigged. Guitars are meant be used in live performance, so why should this be an exception? I have full confidence this will stand from live playing.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The factory setting is fine and no adjustments needed to be made. No big cosmetic flaws on the guitar apart from a few very very minor mistakes, which I personally fixed without problem. No flaws in the binding and the satin finish was flawless. Very pleasing quality despite the low price.
Features — 10
It's a faithful recreation of the Gibson version of Joe Perry's trademark 'Boneyard' Les Paul signature model. You'd be surprised how much similarities there is between this Epi model and the real-deal Gibson model. It uses the same Gibson USA made Burstbucker pickups and has Joe Perry's signature printed on the trust-rod cover. The 'Boneyard' logo on the headstock is a real eye-catcher aswell. It has a flames tiger finish on a maple top (apparently it is stained on to the wood) and mahogany neck and body, both in satin black finish. Unlike most Epi grover tuners, this one has classic Gibson-design tuners for of a more authentic look. All hardware is chrome and has a bright, orange-coloured pickup Switch tip. This guitar stands from the crowd from all those mediocre Epiphones we all dreaded. The Koreans truely poured some effort into making this guitar look and feel like the genuine article.