Price paid: $ 350
Purchased from: Musiciansfriend
Sound — 8
This guitar is perfect for my style. I play rock/alternative stuff that runs the gamut from very heavy to very clean. This guitar can handle all aspects pretty well. It is a very solid body so it is better geared for heavier stuff but can handle both with great efficiency.
Overall Impression — 8
I bought this guitar on the internet before even touching it. I got a very solid deal. It is a beast in terms of playability and tone but it is very heavy in the body, and the tuning problem with the G string is a nuisance if nothing else. It is well made and can take a beating. You can be pretty versatile with it musically, but it is through and through a Les Paul so it is best suited for hard rock, alternative inclined music.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This thing is a literal tank. I've played it at countless shows, jumped around with it, swung it, abused it in every way and it keeps coming back for more. I baby it off stage and use it as a weapon on stage and it has never let me down. It is very consistent in sound and it takes a lot to knock it out of tune.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
This is where this guitar really shines. The factory setup was actually very good and required little adjustment to my preferences. The action was as low as can be without buzzing. The pickups, while set to a very even position sounded great. The neck pickup was a little boomy and hollow but that was a result of my amp situation. The only flaw is the G string, which is strangely sharp even when tuned to perfect pitch. I've had this problem on a lot of guitars and no amount of setup can remedy it. I just tune a little flat to compensate.
Features — 7
This is a Standard Les Paul in terms of features. 22 frets, open-coil humbuckers, solid Grover tuners, overall excellent build quality. The body is mahogany with a quilted maple top, the neck is rosewood, and set to the body. The tuning and intonation are great, but the G string is a bit bothersome. You have to tune a little flat to compensate but that's a minor issue. The Grover tuners could be better and any big bends result in the string going flat but not by much. Better than most at this price range but could be improved. This is a great guitar to rock out with and sounds Stellar through pretty much any amp. Many more pros than cons, it is a steal of a mid-line guitar.