Purchased from: Musician's Friend
Sound — 8
I play hardcore/posthardcore music, some heavy stuff like As I Lay Dying, and some not-so-hard stuff, like From First To Last and Blindside, and let me tell you, there is no better guitar for octaves than this. It sounds amazing on distortion channels, but I usually play out of a Roland Cube-15, and the clean channel is rough at higher sound levels. But distortion is sweet! With my Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal, it will knock your socks off. And plugging into a Marshall half? Watch out Kirk!
Overall Impression — 8
For my post-hardcore/hardcore style, there wouldn't be a better guitar for the price. Playing for about two years now, this guitar is pretty good, and I thoroughly enjoy it. If I did lose this guitar, I would make my parents get a Studio or something, just because I would want to upgrade, and get a carved top and gold hardware. But her, if you're living with cheap people or your budget doesn't allow for $4,000,000,000 guitars, then pick this one up for sure!
Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar would be great for live playing, because I actually saw a guy play with it at a gig I went to. It was pretty rad. The only concern I have with are the pickups - open-coil pickups just don't seem like they would last forever. Everything else is really great though, the finish is good, the straps are solid.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
No flaws, action is great. From soloing to shredding rhythm guitar, this is it.
Features — 8
Six months ago, I had just my Ibanez GRX-40, and I wanted a new guitar. My 16th birthday was coming up, and thats when I wantd to get my new guitar. Now, like many others, my parents (usually) controlled what I got, expecially something that's over $100. My parents are not rich, so I needed to find an affordable and goood-valued guitar. But me, I just wanted a Paul, so I found the cheapest one I could find; the Epiphone Les Paul Special 2, for 150 (I got a custom paint job that was $50 extra). Made in Asia, this Paul comes with 22 frets on a dot-inlayed fretboard. Though the neck was thocker than my Ibanez, I found this to be a plus side, there wasn't as much extra space between my fingers and the fretboard. Comes with a standard Paul body, but its not carved-top. Two open-coil humbuckers, one volume and one tone control, and a standerd Les Paul bridge make this one nice-looking guitar.