Price paid: $ 499
Purchased from: guitar center
Sound — 8
Out of the box it was ok, needed new strings/action adjust to delete buzz. But once tuned in, it cranked. I run through a DigiTech Grunge pedal for the beef, but the pickups sound fat that way.On their own they are a little weak for the hard rock sound. Mad sustain and good artificial harmonics with the volume pots upped. Treble p/u has the LP cut through, while rhythm, p/u is a little muddy when tone is backed all off.
Overall Impression — 9
For what I do with the guitar, this fits all my needs. Sound, action, finish all are good. I've wanted a Les Paul since I was 8 and for the bread I couldn't beat this opportunity. The fact that I received a higher grade model than I ordered is pure bonus. The only issue is the pickup sound, but for the cash I didn't expect DiMarzio crunch. The effect pedal adds what was lost for another 50 bucks. My buddy has a true Gibson LP and we're sounding spot on together, I just needed a bit more gear to get there. Bottom line, great value, good tone, good looks.
Reliability & Durability — 8
It may not be a Gibson, but this thing seems to have what it takes to provide years of comfortable playing. Live or in the hive, it feel rock solid. Hardware is not corroding (I wipe down after playing-lizard spit great stuff) and it stays in tune as well as you would expect without locking nut. It would be 1 and only with no fear or backup need.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
As stated, it needed a slight amount of tlc to dial in the deal. Finish was great, neck is fast and smooth, good fretwork. One tone pot was a little stiff, but after a bit of use it came around fine. Strap pegs solid, binding even all around. One tuning peg washer was loose but a brief stint with it and all is well. All screws flush and straight.
Features — 9
I did look into the serial number issue and found it to be a fall 2006 stemming from the Gibson plant specifically, in Korea. It's your Standard scene Les Paul in cherry sunburst, but with a higher figured maple top than a Standard. I ordered over the internet and got the plus top for the Standard top price= smokin deal. It came with the gig bag, tuner, headphones, strap and amp. The amp I traded for a Marshall 15w.