Sound — 8
The guitar suits my style brillaintly, I play anything from Indie to Hard rock, the humbuckers can get a sweet clean tone or if needed a very meaty heavy sound. I use a Vox VT50 and no effects pedals. The guitar is noise/buzz free because of the humbuckers. The variety in sound is quite wide but the tone knobs I find don't always change the sound a great deal.
Overall Impression — 10
The guitar suits my style of rock very well and can get some brilliant tones. I've been playing for about 5 years and have had this guitar for about 3 of those years. I use the guitar with a Vox VT50 amp without any effects pedals. If it was stolen/lost I would definatly buy another one without hesitation, its my main guitar and is stunning! The one thing I hate about it is the Les Paul body shape which constricts playing higher up the fret-board, but then again it was my fault for buying one! Overall the guitar is fantastic, I really don't see why people buy Gibson Les Pauls when you could buy an Epi! They are so much cheaper and I don't see what could be improved to make it Gibson standard.
Reliability & Durability — 10
The guitar will definately withstand live playing! Its heavy and built like a tank! The hardware seems like very good quality and will last a long time. The strap buttons were very solid and won't budge at all, I've never broken a string on this thing so I think I won't need a backup at a gig. Finally the finish is very good and has quite a lot of gloss or some other type of covering and hasn't worn since I got it.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar is second hand, so I don't know how well the factory had set the guitar up, but it was perfect for me when I bought it. The action was nice and low but not so low that it was hard to play. I haven't tried adjusting the pickups yet because the guitar sounds amazing as it is! One of the tone knobs was a little noisy but that was due to dust that had built up inside of it. Other than that the guitar was perfect for me.
Features — 9
The guitar was made in Korea in either 2003 or 2005. It has a 24.75" scale rosewood fretboard, flame maple Heritage Cherry Sunburst top, mahogany neck and body with a tune-O-Matic bridge. 2 volume and 2 tone controls with 3 way pickup selector Switch (Neck/Middle/Bridge). Alnico Classic Humbuckers and Grover tuner heads. I loved the setup and especially how smooth the tuners were and how well the kept the guitar in tune.