Purchased from: Norwegian store in norway
Sound — 9
I play thrash metal from clean to leads with a tint of rock. This guitar is very raw. It gives you loads of low end and doesn't fail you in the hights either. But the pickups are a tad bit dirty/muddy. My guitar came with a earth link fault which made a lot of noise. Now, it sounds so raw and sweet for bands like Metallica, that I can't resist using it on a daily basis. The sound is rich, but might lack some definiton in a few areas. The cleans are sweet and smooth, only expensive pickups will offer you the same sized cleans as theese will. I play it through a Marshall DSL100 amp with CV30 loaded cabs. I would not use this guitar live as it takes signals from anything. This basicly means that the feedback is a living hell. To sum it up: very raw and sweet pickups that sound great in any tuning, but feedback issue is a problem.
Overall Impression — 8
This was my first guitar. It has been through a lot of playing and I understand that something would break sooner or later. With new tuners and good adjustments (You could get any guitar-shop dude to adjust it for a few bucks) it's awesome! The problems I had might be exclusive, I'm not saying all LP100 are like this. So. Based on the GREAT raw sound for my metal playing combined with the Poor construction and "unlucky" choise of tuners by Epiphone.
Reliability & Durability — 9
As said, I wouldn't use it live due to its feedback issues. But for clean songs I would use it. It has a very fat and smooth clean sound. The hardware will last if the soldering is good from scratch. I never gig without a backup, so I'm not afraid of that.
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
This guitar has been a living hell for me. The g-string was not fully adjusted. The issue was the nut which needed to be filed down. The tuners are bad. They break and loose tuning very easily and needs replacements. The pickups came with a free earth link issue which made a lot of noise. This was fixed by re-soldering the cables in the guitar. The neck is weak, but this is common in cheap guitars. But I've noticed that this affects the tuning. This was my first guitar, so these things did not bother me. The tuner's and neck pickup broke after 1.5 year, so I do not consider this Epiphone's fault. But I blame the bad soldering work, bad adjustment and weak tuners on Epiphone. Shame on thee!
Features — 10
Made in China, mahogany body and neck. Finish is vintage sunburst which looks great. Four basic Les Paul knobs (2 volume, 2 tone) passive Epiphone custom H/H pickups. Tuners are basic non-named tuners. No included accessories in my guitar. Just a basic cheap Les Paul.