Price paid: $ 170
Purchased from: Rippers Music, Newport News Va
Sound — 5
When I purchased this guitar I thought the sound was great, but it was a huge step up from my previous guitar at the time which was an ESP LTD EX-50. Compared to that of course a person would be like holy shnikies! But even still the body didn't supply that long sounding sustain or deep throaty sound one would expect from the Les Paul name. I was using it with a Fender Frontman II at the time.
Overall Impression — 3
I play alot of rock music and do covers for bands like 3DG, Metallica, SOAD, Paramore, Papa Roach, and Nickelback. This guitar when it worked did ok with these kinds of tones, but could have been better. My first guitar was a Squire Bullet, and it was better than this thing and about $80 cheaper. In the end I pawned it for a measly $20 and felt lucky cause when the pawn shop owner tried it the pick-ups both worked. Had they not I wouldn't even have got $20 for it. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. There are alot better guitars out there for that kind of money.
Reliability & Durability — 1
This is where the guitar really failed me. After owning it for 2 months the pickup Switch stopped working. Now it didn't stop working entirely just most the time and if I switched it back and forth eventually the connection would meet and boom my Bridge pickup would work. At the time I think I was only playing guitar for like 2 hours a week or so, so with this little bit of use that should not have happened (not that it should anyway). The strap button on the butt of the guitar came loose and needed constant tightening. Lastly the fret buzz got worse and worse the long I owned it.
Action, Fit & Finish — 3
The action on this thing upon purchase was horrible the strings were set way too high and there was alot of fret buzz particularly around the lower notes (higher frets like 1st and 2nd). At the time I had just started playing guitar and didn't know any better though. I didn't even know to ask for a set up from the dealer. The frets also seemed particularly high and you felt each on distinctly when running your fingers over the board. I know someone will say "you're supposed to feel them" I'm aware of that what I mean is that these were higher than what would be expected.
Features — 5
Features: - Made in the USA - 22 jump frets, rosewood fretboard - Mahogany/rosewood neck, alder/maple body - Dot inlays, chrome hardware - Ebony black finish - Les Paul form factor - Tune-o-matic bridge - One volume, one tone, one three-way Switch - Two humbucking pickups - Non-locking tuners When I purchased this guitar Rippers gave me a free strap, gig-bag, and 10' cable.