Price paid: $ 499
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 10
This guitar will probably meet the needs of just about any playing style or effect, but it really shines most on the distortion settings. It gets great clean sounds as well, but its not as bright as other guitars of this model type. The guitars distortion sounds very clear, even when striking chords, but definitly shines with riffs and solos. The clean setting might seem a little dry but will be able to get great tones with the right amp settings. I play mine through a Peavey Vypyr and it sounds great. With my previous guitar on the same amp I had this problem with palm mutes giving off this loud ringing sound but this guitar has no tone issues at all and immediatly eliminated the ringing.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall, I love this guitar and is easily one of the best deals put out by Epiphone, and for hundreds less than the Gibson model, there definitly isnt enough difference to shun the epiphones quality because, they are graet guitars. If I lose this guitar for any reason, I would definitly buy from Epiphone again.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar does seem very well built and I can't find any major construction issues, but I do have one issue with I think my pick up cover is loosely attached, but other than that it should withstand gigs, travel, and some bumps and dents here and there. The finish does seem a little thin (not that I can tell that well though) but it should withstand a lot without chipping or wearing down.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
This guitar was setup mostly fine, but sometimes playing without an amp can serve some noticable issues like the guitar having a strange chunky sound when playing lower strings. You definitly will not notice this through an amp, so it shouldn't be much of an issue. The finish on this guitar is beautiful. Mine is a Vintage sunburst and I just love it. The definitly didn't waste a second detailing this guitar.
Features — 10
I have used some pretty "crap" guitars in a bit lower price range than this but, this is probably the best guitar for the money you pay. It has a 22-fret neck with mother of pearl trapezoid inlays (like most Gibson LP's) with 2 great alnico classic humbucker pickups (Standard for a lot of other Epiphone guitars), Grover tuners that stay in tune very well, and a beautiful finish.