Price paid: $ 553.14
Purchased from: Key Music
Sound — 10
I can say one thing about this guitar if you buy it, buy new pickups soon. The sound is great but with new pick-ups you almost don't hear a different with a real Gibson. I play on a Marshall MG 100HDFX with a few effects and this guitar is my baby, I put Seymour Duncan APH-1 Alnico Pro II inside of it but even without the it would still sound perfect it is just a perfect guitar!
Overall Impression — 10
I play Guns N' Roses and this guitar is realy perfect for me, I play around the four years now and I started with a Stagg les paul on a Marshall MG10 until the Stagg fell from the straps and the pickups, bridge, plug jack and tuners where damaged. I repaired it but it never played like before. Then I bought I Fender Stratocaster Mexico what was a good guitar but not for my style so I bought not much later my Epiphone Les Paul Classic who is now my little baby!
Reliability & Durability — 10
It can easily be used on stage I will risk my life for it, but you should buy strap locks because otherwise the guitar will fall off. The finish is very good if you tread your guitar well it can last for your life! On my other guitar my strings lasted at 2 months and on my les paul they sound good for atleast 3 months (I replace them as soon as they dosn't sound perfect so I think it can go on for at least 9 months).
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar was rubbish when I bought it every where the strings could reach the board they did, but just five minutes of your time to check the bridge, pickups and new strings and it plays like a little wonder. The frets a a little rough but if you play a time it will be okay and they are very smooth now on my guitar.
Features — 9
I bought my guitar in 2006 it just came in the shop so I guess it was made not far from this date. It has a 22 frets 24.75" scale and a rosewood board. De body is van Mahogany and elder and the neck is made of mahogany. It has a great Tune-O-Matic bridge and 2 passive open humbuckers, witch are controlled by 4 knobs (tone and volume for both humbuckers) and a three way switch. There are Grover tuners who are very good and you can easily play a few days before you have to tune again. But the only thing you get with this guitar is a cable!