Price paid: £ 650
Purchased from: Candy Apple Red Guitars3
Sound — 10
I play a lot of rock music, so it is no coincidence that my choice of guitar would be a Les Paul! I love to play various Aerosmith songs, Guns N' Roses and music of that genre and it emulates the sounds from the records very well whilst using my Marshall amp (I'm sorry I don't now the model name!) which is a practice amp, the sound is very good and I feel obliged to compliment the Gibson Burstbucker and Humbucker for the very enjoyable playing experience! Excellent value for money!
Overall Impression — 10
My overall impression seems to be that it is a great match for my style of music. I've played for about a year and a half now, and this suits me very well. Although it wasn't as advertised, Epiphone's description and pictures of the product show it to have a blank headstock, whilst it actually reads "Les Paul Standard 1959", which was no issue for me I actually prefer it believe Epiphone should have changed their description of the product before issuing them, I have model no. 101 of the 1,959 products produced, I don't know if they had a change of heart after making the first 100 or even issued any with a blank headstock at all but I believe that they should have informed perspective buyers. If I was to lose the guitar I could see myself buying it again (if I can find another one they seem to be quite rare!). I love the finish quality, the Standard of the pearl inlays, the ivory-like tuners on the headstock! The whole look of the guitar is excellent! It plays brilliantly there is nothing I hate about it! I compared this product to my father's Fender Stratocaster, his Gibson '76 Les Paul Deluxe and an Ibanez who's model name I have forgotten! Overall, I feel my Les Paul trumps the Startocaster and the Ibanez (priced at 600), however not the Gibson, for obvious reasons! Overall, fantastic! Great value for money! If you are lucky enough to find one, I highly recommend it to you! However, I can only speak on behalf f the cherry burst model!
Reliability & Durability — 10
It is to my belief that this guitar could withstand a great deal of Live playing, it has great sound and looks brilliant aesthetically and would be impressive for minor performances (obviously not large gigs such as Glastonbury festival!) I can imagine myself using this for my own performances thorough out my GCSE examination course and also private gigs of my own. The finish seems like it will last, and it hopefully will! I couldn't ask for anything more from reliability and durability of the guitar for my price paid!
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The action was not set up very well from the factory, however, my father easily sorted this out and it was no trouble with for him, took him approximately 10 minutes so it was no issue. Internation was remarkably almost perfect, which was very nice to see. The finish, excellent! Lovely cherry sunburst finish, as I said above, almost as good as my father's Gibson Les Paul '76 deluxe, however not as good, but very good anyway! I couldn't be more happy with it!
Features — 9
The guitar is marketed as a 1959 Les Paul Reissue. Although technically not a reissue as Epiphone never released a 1959 Les Paul, it attempts to be the high end of the low end, and succeeds. It has a Standard number of frets (22) with nicely made trapezium-like pearl inlays which look superb. It is a solid top guitar, no bolt-on neck which is a sign of good craftsmanship. The volume and tone switches were a little bit tight an needed adjusting which was a small drawback but nothing major, it manages to stay in tune very well which is a big bonus! The finish (I can only speak or the cherry sunburst edition) was excellent! It was very similar to my father's '76 deluxe which coincidentally is also cherry burst, however his obviously much finer! However, the Epiphone model has an excellent finish non the less. The pickups on the guitar are Gibson Burstbuckers and Gibson Humbuckers which replicate a very nice Gibson punch-like sound of a Les Paul Overall it was very good, a few small things needed adjusting and picking up such as the pickups (which needed picking up slightly, I thought that was fairly ironic!) and the tone and volume switches needed adjusting slightly, no major issues, and the internation was almost perfect which was fairly surprising!