Price paid: $ 119.99
Purchased from: musician's friend
Sound — 6
It fits my style ok, I'm a classsic rocker. I can't get much out of it on Drive channels, but I'll put that one to my amp that it came with. I have tried it with my friend's Fender amp and Deathmetal distortion pedal, and it sounds great. The sound is fairly decent while picking and playing power chords, but if you play normal chords on Drive it can get a little messy.
Overall Impression — 8
This is an alright fit for classic rock, but I believe it would be better for blues. This was my first guitar, and I have only purchased other small items like tuners and polish. It was recomended to me by a friend Who had been playing a long time and it is an excellent choice for a beginner on a limited budget. If I were to start all over, this would be my first guitar of choice. It is a simple, easy to handle guitar for a beginner, and has a good enough range to play almost any style of music for a novice. It beats out other slightly more expensive guitars, like the Lyon a guy I play with has.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar is tough. It has taken some nasty falls from my little brothers and it held up fine. I don't have to worry about this breaking on me. My only complaint is the strap buttons. The strap constantly fell off(which contributed to the falls my guitar took)but I purchased a strap-lok from dunlap (great quality) and it is all good.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The guitar was flawless when it arrived. The pickups were in place, it was already stringed, and it had a perfect finish. It wasn't tuned, but I don't know if that is Standard. I looked it over again and again, but I couldn't find any flaws. The action is a wee bit tight on the E, and that can cause "buzzing" if you pick it too hard, but that problem is avoidable.
Features — 7
This was an '06 or '07 model, made in China. It has 22 frets, and a laminated finish all over. The finish gets dirty, but comes clean nice with a good polish. It has a classic les paul body and a single humbucker with passive electronics. The tuners don't lock, but it holds nicely anyway. The included gig bag doesn't fit, which is stupid, but it also comes with a 10w Epiphone amp, strap, and pitch pipe.