Sound — 5
For Standard rock the guitar is quite good- not great but what do you expect for a 120 pound guitar? The pickups don't have enough kick to play heavy/thrash metal very well although due this weakness they are good for blues and less overdriven/distorted music. There isn't a lot of variety the guitar can do, it either sounds quite good with the volume fully up and tone high, but not too great (in my opinion) as soon as they drop- you lose a lot of sustain with loss of volume and the sound becomes very unclear with the tone dropped. If you want versatility with this guitar you'll need to put some good money into a decent amp or buy a load of stompboxes- you wont get a lot from the guitar.
Overall Impression — 6
I'll keep this bit short as my review was a little long-winded but then if you're reading it, chances are you're considering buying one and would like to know as much as you can about the guitar. If you have any more questions about it drop me a message on UG and I'll get back to it ASAP. Basically, I'd advise you to save up and get a Standard Les Paul or SG for between about 50-100 pound more- this guitar should only really be a first guitar, trust me, you wont want to be using it when you get live shows going unless you've modded it considerably which will cost more than saving for a better guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 7
The reason why I left this review so long is to give a good review on how durable it is. After a couple of years (of being treated well) there is still visible rust appearing on the pickups which has happened to none of my other guitar. Everything else is as good as when it was new aside from a little buckle rash from live playing. Once you swap the tuning pegs I'd say it is reliable to be an only guitar for playing live as it will stay in tune then although it's not my first choice-it's my backup's backup- like I've said, I don't get enough power out of it. But that's the sound I have a problem with, not reliability- so that wont affect this score
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
On this category it's almost faultless- the action is quite low, frets are perfectly aligned, pickups at a decent height. The finish I have is pretty sweet, but the others available are just Standard colours. But I say ALMOST faultless because I heightened the pickups to get a little more out kick from it although that's just to make it more to my liking and the main problem is the tuning pegs- due to them being cheap they don't hold the guitar in tune for too long- I've swapped them out for grovers which work a lot better and aren't too pricey.
Features — 5
It has a mahogany and rosewood neck, basswood body, 22 frets with Dot inlays. Mine has a black finish that bursts inwards into a greyish colour (I've never seen this colour elsewhere so I do not know the name of it sorry, probably ash burst or something). The tuners are stock Epiphone ones I believe (not the grover ones you get on slightly more expensive epis). It's equipped with stock Epiphone passive pickups that are quite weak and have no cover and a tune-o-matic bridge. It has one tone and one volume knob so you can't flick between pickups with different volumes (to do the killswitch effect)