Price paid: $ 447
Purchased from: guitar center
Sound — 10
For a beginner it suits my needs fine, I've had a few well-versed players plug in and they have been impressed with its tone and overall sound. They only noticed a little buzz high on the fret board. I run it through a used Marshall VS15R Valve State and a Bad Monkey Overdrive pedal and it screams, makes me sounds better than I really am! Not really disliking any thing about the guitar, it fit my budget well and the Gibson stamp on the truss cover makes me fell like I have the reel thing. I mostly paly AC/DC, Blink 182, Led Zeppelin, The Who etc. suits them all!
Overall Impression — 9
I love this guitar, for the price it is excellent value, it sounds great, I strongly recomend this guitar!
Reliability & Durability — 8
Not the most reliable guitar because you can tell it is a bit cheaply made. The bolts for the strap have come out twice in the 2 years had it. Not a big deal because you now that there getting loose a while before there gonna pop out so you just put some glue here and there fine. Overall I would use it in a gig without backup, you might want to bring on stage a screwdriver thought.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Action was just right, pickups where set up fine. only flaw I found was the two back covers for the electronics didn't fit right. The guitar wasn't all that well finished, one backplate needed to be sanded slightly. Pickups needed sanding (little pieces of plastic sticking out), but those are minor things, other than that no flaws!
Features — 9
2 humbuckers, tone and volume control for each pickup, bolt on maple neck with mahogany fretboard, alder body, pickguard, regular ebony finish with creme pickguard mounts, pickguard and switch, gold knobs. I'll rate it 9 because it has every thing you need but not ten because it's still got stock crap pickups and tuners and all that.