Price paid: $ 457.5
Sound — 7
Overall the sound is very good. A wide range of sounds can be made from blues to metal. This guitar is good for playing Guns N' Roses and Aerosmith, where a lot of lead work is needed. What makes it a good lead guitar is that it can easily be made to scream and hold notes for a long time. My only improvement for the pickups would be that they are not and toneful as they could be, and can sometimes sound a little thin and hollow. This is especially noticable when the overdrive is turn up. The pickup selector can also be a little noisy. Playing power chords on the classic can also sound muddy, especially when playing fast riffs.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall this is and excellent guitar and would recommend buying one if you are a serious player and cannot afford a real Gibson les paul (I cannot for one). I would also always choose a les paul over a Stratocaster when performing lead work as well, simply because it sounds better and looks cooler and is more comfortable. However I would replace the pickups with some emgs and maybe replace some o the hardware. I believe by making these changes you could be owning a Gibson at half the price.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar could easily withstand a live event. It is very solid and the pickups (though not the best) are very reliable. The strings wear quickly and need to be be replaced often but this is only expected if you are a serious player and play for hours on end. I would also always use a backup guitar on stage, even if I owned a real Gibson anyway. The only thing I can warn you about this guitar is that a locking guitar strap should be used. You may find occaisonally that a normal strap will slip of, especially when pretending to be Slash.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The action on this guitar manages to get higher if continually played and often needs adjusting. This makes playing solos on this model a lot slower than it could be. Even so, this is a mighty fast guitar. The only other thing I could critisize about this guitar is that playing near the headstock becomes increasing difficult, as the strings become almost unbendable. The finish is beautiful on this guitar and the neck is very smooth. The chrome hardware generally performs well and is very adjustable.
Features — 10
This guitars features open coil pick ups, a decent set of grover tuners and mahogany solid body. The neck alos has 21 frets. I have to say I am very impressed with all the features. The mahogony body gives it added tone and the tuners keep the guitar in tune well and can be adjusted very finely. The angled shape of the neck is more comfortable and easier to play then a Stratocaster stlye body.