Price paid: $ 500
Purchased from: local shop
Sound — 8
This guitar will never compare to a true Gibson but it's great for the price. This Epiphone through my Vox AD30VT and Boss ds-1 are great for classic rock. The rhythm position gets a nice full heavy sound and the treble position is great for lead with a rich sound and gets a nice "crunchy" tone. I prefer the treble since the rhythm is just too noisy and gets too much feedback. Also the middle and rhythm positions sound the same. The alder core in the mahogany give a brighter sound compared to their Gibson counterparts. Overall it's a fairly versatile guitar. I got it in transparent amber.
Overall Impression — 8
This is a real upgrade from my squire Strat Pack and it really improves my overall sound. I spent a long time searching for a new guitar but I can honestly say this was one of the best in the price range the finish is great and I was amazed to see how great it looked. With a new pickup change I can see myself using this guitar for a long time.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I've accidentally hit walls and corners but I haven't even found a scratch. This guitar should easily be able to handle live playing it's very solid and I haven't had any problems with the durability yet. Except you need to be a little careful with the angled headstock.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The factory set up wasn't too bad the action was pretty good there was no fret buzz and the neck was great. The pickups needed a little adjustment, but once I had the guitar set up at my local shop the full potential of the sound and playability came out of it and it's very playable. Everything else on the guitar was fine from the start.