Purchased from: GAK
Sound — 10
I play mainly melodic death metal like Children Of Bodom, heavy metal like Avenged Sevenfold and some nu metal like Slipknot, and this les paul is great for all of this music. I play the lep paul through a Crate GT15R and use Behringer Ultra distort and chorus, and an Ibanez TS9 Tubescreamer. The Epiphone humbuckers are great, the bridge pickup gives a nice warm sound for chords and the like, and the bridge pickup is perfect for solos and leads. No noisee to speak of if you have the volume just a little down from full. You can get pretty much any sound you want out if it, thanks to being able to setup each pickup individually with the controls. Harmonics works fine and the sustains legend. You can do any of the harmonics that Children Of Bodom use and you could do killswitch is you wanna knacker up the toggleswitch, but their easy to replace.
Overall Impression — 9
The Les Paul works great with metal and rock and my 15 watt Crate doesnt't do it justice. I played it through a Crate GT212 and it sounded awesome, no noise or fretbuzz. I've been playing for a year and a bit. If it was stolen I would definately buy another. Obviously I would rather have a Gibson, but for it's price the Epiphone is a bargain. My fave feature would be the ability to get any tone out of with with the controls. The strap button is the only minor problem with it and everything else is great. This guitar is legend and wont let you down!
Reliability & Durability — 9
Reliability is 99%, pickups, input and tuners are all fine and because its mahogany wood, it's not going to get bashed up to bad if you drop it. The only things I would watch out for is the strap buttons. After about 6 months the top button ripped straight out the guitar. It's relatively easy to fix using a piect of dowel put into the hole with some woodglue on it, leave to dry then rescrew the button back in and it's been fine since. It might have just been holding the guitar at a dodgy angle but it's worth watching out for. Strap locks are a must. As far as gigging I can imagine it lasting for years and so far no scratches.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Was set up fine, a few loose nuts but easily sorted out. Didn't need to make any adjustments to the bridge or truss rod. The pickups set up well, neck warm, bridge nice n bright. Reaching higher frets [20-22] is a little tricky but can be done. No problems with strings and works fine with the Epiphone strings it came with, but I use ernie balls 10s out of personal preference.
Features — 10
Made in korea in 2005. All gold hardware, has 22 jumbo frets. mahogany neck and body in ebony. It has a les paul style body with tunomatic bridge, Epiphone humbucker pickups, with 2 volume 2 tone knobs and a 3-way selector toggle switch. It came with Grover tuners which stay in tune for ages, in any tuning; Standard to drop B.