Price paid: $ 602.07
Purchased from: Music Central - Isle of Wight
Sound — 9
I play blues and rock mainly, and it holds up to practically anything I throw at it. I play it through a Marshall MG15CDR, which is crap, but it still manages to sound good, feedback only happens when I want it to. Chunky bottom end, mids are a bit shaky, but a new set of pickups will sort this out. I recommend '57 Classics. The high end is beatiful though, by far the clearest, singing tone I've ever seen on a guitar of this price.
Overall Impression — 9
It suits practically any sort of music, so buy one! I've been playing about 2 years. The only problem I see with it is mainly the weight. I'm not sure how heavy it is, but it's a fair ol' heft, even for a Les Paul. If it were lost or stolen, I would probably opt for a Fender Classic series Strat or something else for a change, but I still like this guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Hell yeah! This thing was built for gigging. You could drag this thing down the M27 on the back of your VW Bus and it would still be playable! I would gig it without a backup.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
I've had no problems whatsoever with action or anything of the sort, it came perfect! Not sure whether it was Epiphone or Music Central that did that though. The finish is thick, to say the least. It will last! It could be a bit thinner though.
Features — 10
OK, it has a solid mahogany body with a maple cap and flamed maple veneer. It also has a set mahogany neck. There's 2 chrome covered humbuckers and a chrome ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge. 2 volume knobs, 2 tones, 3-way selector. Cream hardware. It's all true to a Gibson.