Price paid: $ 499
Purchased from: Dave's Guitar Shop
Sound — 10
First off I didn't start out playing guitar, I was a drummer. I've grown up with music though, playing piano from age 4, and I would play around with band members guitars and basses. So to me this thing sounds better than I can do justice to. That's why I went with an Epiphone vs. a Gibson right off the bat! Right now I'm just playing it through some little Roland 15w amp with some lame effects built into it, it's doing it's job though. I spent a lot of time looking at this guitar and many guitars at Dave's and played it through many amps. Right now I'm enjoying the tone that I get out of the bridge pick up on the clean channel. For me this gets a 10 because it is a great sounding guitar for what you pay for it!
Overall Impression — 10
I play mostly classic rock and metal and I've always like the Les Paul Sound so this is a great fit for me. I've been playing steadily for about a year, but played off and on for the last 10 years. This is my first electric and I own a Taylor acoustic, and also an older Gibson acoustic. Dave's did a great job with me and I'm very happy with my purchase. They let me try out many other guitars and sat with me to talk me through making the best purchase for me. This is the perfect guitar for me, I really didn't need the $5500 Gibson reissue that I really loved, this sounds 95% as good as that guitar and I've got a long way to go to be able to play well enough to really notice that 5 %. I love the way it looks and the way that the neck feels, what a great guitar, If you're looking for a guitar to learn on this is it!
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar feels like it would last and take a beating. In my last band one of the guitarists used an Epi to gig with he had a backup and never used it unless he wanted to play a different guitar. The other guitarist played a Fender and the finish on it took quite a beating, the Epi showed use, but looked way better. He dropped his once with barely any damage so for that reason I'm putting strap locks on it.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Well, I'm not sure how the guitar was set up at the factory, Dave's had gone through the guitar before it even hit the rack and had it playing beautifully! After playing my Taylor acoustic for so long, the action was amazing to me! Pickups were spot on for adjustment, I can't imagine buying a guitar online without having it set up before playing it. I had been looking at several guitars and the one I got had a great flame on it looks marvelous, I've spent a ton of time looking this thing over and I can't find a finish flaw on it, wonderful!
Features — 9
I just picked up this guitar as my first electric. It was built in China in 2007. Pretty basic and the same as the rest of the reviews, 22 rosewood frets, scale 24.75, etc. Mahogany with a Flame top maple laminate and honeyburst finish. Tune-O-Matic bridge, Standard Epi Humbuckers. The guitar came without a case, but I bought one along with it.