Price paid: $ 699.2
Purchased from: Local Store
Sound — 9
I play mostly Hard Rock and Metal. Guns N Roses, Metallica, Children Of Bodom, Nirvana, Velvet Revolver, some Hendrix, Pantera, Sabbath, quite a varied range. I use a Marshall MG100DFX and although the Epiphone humbuckers aren't the most fantastic in the world it still sounds great for pretty much everything. Great distortion and easy to play. The clean sound isn't as great as the distortion, I guess you'd say its a little weak. But a touch of flange to the clean sound its it's not too bad. It's never really noisy unless your standing ontop of it with the volume on full. But as I said before it covers almost any sound, from blues to hard rock to heavy metal.
Overall Impression — 8
For $920 australian it isn't bad at all in my opinion. If it was stolen I would buy another les paul, whether it would be an Epiphone would depend on how much money I had. But it's still a good all-round guitar from lead to rhythm playing, it covers it all.
Reliability & Durability — 8
It's great, it hardly ever goes out of tune, and is great for live performing, although because of the typical heavy Les Paul body it can be a little sore of the neck after a while, you get use to it. The only bad thing is, the gold hardware on the pickups and somewhat on the bridge are starting to wear off a little, and I've only had it for about 6 months, but I don't mind it too much, just gives it more of a raw, rustic feel.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
It was set up fine when I first got it, maybe the action was a little high but that took about 2 seconds to fix. The pickups were fine and the bridge was great. The pickup selector sometimes got stuck on one setting if I changed from rhythm to treble quickly but that was only on some amps, which were the crappy ones at school, seems fine on my amp. All the finish was great and the neck looked great.
Features — 8
I'm not sure the year it was made, but it was made in Korea, 22 fret thin '60s style mahogony neck, mahogony body. Alpine-white finish with gold hardware. Epiphone humbucker pickups. Diamond-block inlays and Tune-O-Matic bridge.