Price paid: $ 1058.4
Purchased from: La Centrale, Paris
Sound — 8
I play alot of stuff, from jazz to metal, through to funk, blues and rock. The African mahogany body makes for excellent resonance, and ace sustain, even unplugged. I mainly use this LP through my Line 6 PODXT into a Peavey Bandit 112 poweramp. The stock pickups are okay, but needless to say that they don't stand up to any Gibson pickups, and a switch change for some Duncans or even DiMarzios will get you a better sound.
Overall Impression — 9
Well set up, this guitar is effortless to play and offers great tone from the generous mahogany body, ideal for any styles ranging from BB King to Satch. You will want to replace the pickups, however, to get the most out of this guitar. I'm putting in a Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz in the neck and an SH-4 "JB" in the bridge. To make it perfect, you'll want to 'clean up' the electronics (redo the wiring and clean the switches), and maybe change the nut as the case may be.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar is solid and built to last. The hardware stands up to that. I've had it for nealy two years now and there is absolutely not sign of wear, except from the pick-guard as you would expect.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The finish on this guitar is impeccable for this price range: the flamed chery-sunburst maple top is spotless, the bindings on the body headstock and headstock as well as the neck inlays make this one ace-looking guitar. The stock setup needed a little tweaking for action and intonation, as did the pickup height, but there's nothing wrong with that. The neck is so straight you can get the action pretty-much as low as you feel comfortable with: again, something you're not always entitled to expect from a guitar in this price-range.