Price paid: $ 550
Purchased from: Sam ash
Sound — 10
I play different types of genres mostly thrash metal, rock'n'roll, and some Acoustic stuff. I know you might say "well this is a Les Paul, its not made for metal" but your wrong, this guitar suits any type of genre and rocks out with rage! But it also plays beautifully on a clean setting. On clean it gives a warm full sound, and on a distorted setting it gives a nice crunch-crunch-punch sound. Closest thing to the actual Gibson Les Paul without cleaning out your wallet.
Overall Impression — 9
This guitar matches any type of music. I have been playing for 2 years and own a Fender Strat and play with my friends guitars which are a Charvel custom, a Martin acoustic, a Gibson Les Paul, and a Jackson rr3. I own a decent practice amp but to really get the full sound of this baby I use my friends Mesa Boogie amp-head on peavy cabins. If there was something I wish I would have asked it would be if they had it in a flamed maple finish.lol. If it were stolen I would seriously cry.I would try my hardest to buy a new one, but maybe I'd save up another 1000 and buy myself a Gibson Les Paul. This guitar is the closest you can get to the actual Les Paul.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I don't play much live stuff, but if I did and when I will I'm sure she will last throughout the whole thing. I replaced the stock strap buttons and got Schaller strap locks for safe. This guitar is very dependable I would use this guitar without a back up with no worries. The finish does dink a bit if you hit the wall or the back of a chair(like I did).
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The action was perfect with no buzz at all straight from the factory, although I did have to adjust the pickups a bit. Everything was properly book-matched and it contained no flaws I could find, the wood is of excellent quality, the chrome hardware was perfect with a little bit of proper cleaning (the Sam Ash I bought if from has a habit of not cleaning their instruments after someone plays with it). The finish on this baby is outrageously beautiful, my favorite part of it is the back and neck were you can see the wood and the cherry gloss finish properly. Also she has cream binding on the body and neck which is the icing on the cake.
Features — 10
My guitar was made in 2009, hand-crafted in china, or at least that's what the sticker says(not gonna argue with the sticker). She has 22 beautiful trapezoid inlayed medium-jumbo frets, rosewood fingerboard and a mahogany neck. Solid mahogany arch-top body with a glossy sunburst transparent finish. Its a single cut-away Les Paul body (of course) with a traditional Gibson style tune-O-matic. All the hardware is chrome including pick up covers. The pickups are stock Epiphone double vacuumed humbuckers. She has 4 main controls 1 volume and 1 tone for each pickup and a 3 way pick-up toggle select switch. The tuners (machine heads) are die cast chrome Grover tuners.