Price paid: $ 450
Purchased from: Pianos Plus
Sound — 10
Good tone on the neck and screming treble on the bridge and nice mellow tone in between. No feedback thanks to the opposite poll humbucker Alnico 5's. It sounds good with rectified amp models on my POD and just as great clean with chorus. Nice rich sound and a variety of styles you can play it with. Good for down-tuning too, I play at D and Eb alot.
Overall Impression — 10
This is an AWESOME guitar. It's a VERY good alternative to spending $1500-2000 on a "real" Gibson. It's sounds just as good and has all the derability and sounds of a Gibson. I can play anything on it and it will sound good, and that doesn't happen alot. I'd recommend this guitar for anybody, especially if you're on a budget. And take my word for it, this is just as good as a Gibson, just a fraction of the price.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar is really durable. Seeing as it has a set neck and not a bolt on, the neck doesn't warp as much as my Strat. Sometimes goes out of tune, but it could just be my stringing :) Nothing has worn off or anything like SRV's "Number 1", lol. It's a very reliable instrument and will greatly survive gigs and preformances and will be good forever.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The guitar has a great, classic Les Paul setup. Nice gloss finishing on the front, back, and neck with a nice dark mahogany giving nice looks. The gold top is really nice and shows off that it's just as good as a Gibson. The chrome hardware looks really nice and contrasts with the gold perfectly. Nice polished frets too.
Features — 10
This is a suprisingly great guitar for being made in Korea. Everything's up to Gibson's standards and I just love this guitar. It's a 22 fret, anvil perloid inlay, rosewood set neck with a solid mahogony, dark gloss finish on the back and a gorgeous gold top on the top. Standard 3-way Switch. Gibson-Epiphone pickups sound great with the neck, middle, or bridge and are good on anything from Zeppelin to jazz.