Price paid: $ 400
Purchased from: Musician's Friend
Sound — 8
I play mostly classic rock (GNR, Zeppelin, Hendrix), blues, and Gospel. Plugging it into a Mustang 3 by Fender. The bridge sounds crunchy and a tad bassy. The sound isn't bad by any means, it's just not as bright as my other Epi with P-90's. The neck sounds like a neck should, crunchy and providing that beautiful Vintage Les Paul charm. The Floyd surprisingly stays in tune no matter the daily abuse it receives. Dive bombing on a LP=Winning. Splitting the humbuckers is really fun but will not replicate the Strat. (It is a LP after all) What it will give you though is a very light and happy tone. I feel that the sound is a bit lacking especially when you want to get that high output, hard hitting distortion. But all in all it gets the job done and in the end sounds like what a Les Paul should sound like.
Overall Impression — 9
$400 well spent. Floyd Rose, a Les Paul, and coil splits all in one guitar by Epiphone?= Great sound, Les Paul Playability, and a fantastic guitar. Just wished the stock pups were better.
Reliability & Durability — 8
The pickup selector switch is a bit loose but this thing looks like it built to last. We'll see, Epiphone hasn't failed me yet and I hope it never does.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Well... It's what you would expect from the factory. Not in horrible condition but not exactly set up and ready to go either. Took it to my town's tech, got it set up and now it plays like a charm. It arrived in pristine condition and couldn't find any flaws.
Features — 10
HOT damn. User rating is mediocre, have you people even tried this guitar? It's an Epi, made in 2010 in a third world country. It has a great satin neck with a D profile. Here's the main attraction, the Floyd ROSE! Then it has your regular grover tuners, mine came with strap locks and an allen wrench. The bridge features the Epiphone Alnico Classic Plus Humbucker whereas the neck just as your regular alnico. Another hook is coil splitting. For 400 this guitar is hard to pass up. And a little side note, if you get it set up properly (which isn't supposed to happen straight from the factory) this thing is up there with Ibanez Floyd's.