Price paid: £ 140
Sound — 10
I have to say it definitely fits my style of music, as I normally play rock music, and a bit of metal (I only started about 8 months ago, so I'm pretty new to styles). The songs I play sound amazing on it, and the humbuckers give it a full sound, even with the pretty rubbish amp I have. Whether I'm playing power chords or notes, the guitar offers a sweet, welcoming, heart warming sound. The sound quality (even with the blehh amp) is like satin, and it doesn't buzz and is easy to tune - even the drop tunings. This thing can give blues, rock, pop, metal, thrash, whatever floats your boat, if you give a tiny moment to fiddle around with the pickups to find the right tune
Overall Impression — 10
I LOVE THIS GUITAR! I've been playing for 8 months, and it definitely offers a more welcoming tune to my Yamaha Pacifica 012, which I enjoy playing, but I'm not really that comfortable playing on. Also, it gives a better sound than my Yamaha does through my Kustom KGA30 amp, which I don't really like, but am now more comfortable with. I think I've asked all I needed to ask before buying it, and if I lost it, I'd be utterly depressed, and I would definitely save up for another model, or maybe a better one, or even a Vintage (I'd like a Gibson, but that's a bit of a long shot). I wouldn't really stray from the Les paul design - theyre the first design I look for. Although i do like a whammy bar, it would spoil the les paul look, and on top of costing 100 approx to fit in, a whammy on a les paul looks quite pathetic, so I'm sticking with fixed bridge on a les paul. It may be the basic model, but I love it, and it sounds like a gibson, at about one twentieth of the price. I would definitely recommend this guitar, or any of the les paul models made by epiphone, Vintage or gibson.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar can deifinitely withstand gigs (excluding if you totally smash it by your own accord), and it can definitely outlive me (and I'm in my midteens, so thats saying something), and I wouldn't worry about the finish, it's as strong as the body itself. Of course, it may be prone to chips, but seriously, it isn't a worry. Tha top strap button does rotate and spin, and I'm not sure if it's meant to do that, but installing the strap was relatively easy, and the positioning is comfortable. I wouldn't really have to worry about a backup while on stage (though I haven't performed a gig yet - all in good time). This guitar's definitely going to live long enough to see flying cars, and it would run through the generations without a care.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
As stated, the guitar looked brand new when I looked at it, course it needs a good dusting but apart from that it's in tip top condition. There is however a small gap where the neck bolts on to the body, but it hasn't hindered the sound in the slightest. As it was preowned the pickups and tuning were correct, and there is the tiniest bit of rust on the pickups, but it is unnoticeable unless you are really looking for it. It is two years old after all. There is a chip on the headstock, but again it is tiny. The tone and volume knobs can be pulled off, but its not much of a problem, and it is easier if you want to replace them with better versions. Overall, I have to say it is a masterpiece, and the minor problems aren't much of a problem at all
Features — 9
Well I don't know when it was made, or where, as I got it second hand from a schoolmate; he got it for 200 new from the Music Shop, and has played it for two years. It has 22 frets, mahogany neck, jumbo I think. Bolt in neck, cherry finish, traditional les paul body, neck and headstock, individual pickups for treble and rhythm, 3 way selector switch. When I got the guitar it didn't seem like it was two years old - it looked new and it felt new as well. Sure, it needs a polish and dusting, but overall its young at great to look at.