Purchased from: The Guitar Shop
Sound — 10
The sound on this guitar is just amazing. I play mostly metal & neo-classical music so I do need a bright sound which is what this guitar has. This guitar also has a very rich, clean, warm sound. I am using a Korg AX3G signal modeling processor for effects, anf for an amp I use a crappy little practice amp. The amp it's self is no good for distortion, but for a nice warm clean sound it works amasingly. And when I hook up my AX3G, I can get any sound I want. No matter what sound you are looking for, look no further, the Les Paul will give you any sound you desire.
Overall Impression — 10
The Les Paul matches any style of music, you are never going to listen to any genre of music (except rap & R&B) where there is nobody Who plays a Les Paul. The Les Paul matches every style of music. I have been playing for about a year, but I have been around & played guitars my whole life because my dad, and many other family members play. I have no regrets on buying this, I asked all I could and reserched for months on what guitar is right for me, and I found my match. If it were lost (which I don't think is possible with a finish as bright as mine) I would deffinetly buy a new one. But if it were stolen I would go as far as possible to get it back. I love evrything about this guitar, the shape, the finish, the playability ect. everything rocks! I hate nothing about this guitar, and don't see a reason to hate anything about it. My favorite feature is the fact that you can get any sound you want out of this guitar, and it is easy to. I have comapired many guitars with this one, gibsons, Jacksons, BC riches, ESPs. Many guitars. But none of those except the Epiphone Flying V were as good as the Les Paul. I was Actually just about to purchase the Flying V when my dad pointed out the Heritage Cherry Sunburst Les Paul that soon after Became mine. I am a big sucker for the finish on this guitar. It looks like it will last long too. I don't really wish It had anything else, but there Les Paul Floyd Rose bridges, but I'm fine with my tune-o-matic.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Of course this guitar will withstand Live playing, it's built like a tank. Nothing could go wrong with this guitar unless you smash in over a brick of metal or something, which I don't think any responsible Les Paul owner would do. All my hardware is amazing, the grover tuners will keep you in tune, while the tune-o-matic bridge will keep your strings in good shape durring adjustments. The only thing I am not very pleased with are the strap buttons, for the weight of this guitar vs. the thin strap buttons. Not good. But I bought my Les Paul knowing that, and I am going to go and buy my self some Dunlop strap locks this week, and put em on nice & tight. I have used my little brother's "wanna-be Strat" at a gig, what would make anyone possibly think I woulden't use this one with out a back-up. Honestly though, there is no need for a back-up when you have the Les Paul, you can get any sound, and again, these guitars are built like tanks. My finish is very thick. I was looking on buying a Gibson Les Paul, but I diden't like it as much finish wise.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
My Les Paul was set up amazingly. At all of the other stores I went to to try one out there was a minor problem (off-set knobs, and some minor scratches). But mine was set up perfectly, no dents, perfect knobs, perfect pick-ups. I don't know why so many people are making a big deal of the fact that these guitars are mostly made in asia. As far as I'm concerened there is nothing wrong with that. As a matter of fact, people in China & Korea have more to lose if they mess-up while assembleing, than workers in amercia do.