Purchased from: C.V. Lloyd Music
Sound — 10
This guitar is great for pretty much any style of music. It can handle blues while jammin' with my band, or heavy metal on stage. I use an Ibanez "X" Tone Blaster amp and a Digitec something processor for practice, and a Marshall stack for shows. Good clean or distorted, but I recommend switching the pickups, they weren't as loud as I like, so I dropped in an Iommi Signature and a Dirty Fingers in the bridge. Now it's a beast. As you could guess, not recommended for tapping (that's why I have a Strat) the action is just to high, I don't really tap anyway. I recommend for a bigger player (it's heavy, just about broke my buddy's back at a show).
Overall Impression — 10
I play a lot of classic rock and hard rock, and the Les Paul is perfect for loud, heavy, awesome music. I believe that this guitar is perfect for that kind of music, lead or rythm. I have been playing for a few years (about 3) and have played Live gigs, this is my main guitar now! I used to use this junker that was my first guitar fixed it up and now it rocks). It was a kind of Strat look-a-like with only one humbucker. My Studio blows it out of the water and into outer space. There is only one thing I have asked about this guitar before I bought it: Do you have any more? If this were lost, I would buy another. If it were stolen, I'd hunt down the S.O.B. and beat him with the case. There is only one thing that I don't like about the Les Paul: it isn't a Gibson. I would have gottten a Gibson Studio is I had the money, but the Epi version is just as good, or even better. I have put in new pick ups (which is a personal preference) and a Bigsby vibrato on it (also a personal thing, I like to dive bomb! )but aside from those things, everything else will probably stay the same. I'd say that my favorite feature of the Les Paul is it's body... I just LOVE the LP shape. Here is a quote that sums it up. It is from a Spanish guitarist talking about the history of the guitar: "It is shaped like a beautiful woman, with smooth curves, a beautiful face, and a sweet voice". Yeah. That about sums it up. I only wish that I had this guitar when I was starting to play, I would have been much more confident to play around other people.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar is a real Les Paul, it is tough and will always perform well live. I always bring a backup, but I have yet to have to use it. Hardware will last a long time, the strap buttons are solid but I'll probably get some locks just in case. The finish is solid, it will take a sander to get it off. Scratches are kind of annoying though, so be a little nicer to it than another guitar if you get the ebony finish.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar was set up perfectly when I got it. The ebony finish was perfect! No flaws at all. All of the hardware was perfect, no lose tuning pegs, no rust. The only problem I had was the switch went out for a while, but I'll get that taken care of. Overall, really good set up, finish, hardware, and pickups. Just be sure to try it out before you buy.
Features — 10
Made in Korea I believe. Standard stuff: 22 frets, non locking grover tuners, two humbuckers (no covers, nice clean sound) Standard control setup: 3-way Switch, 2 vol., 2 tone, not sure what kind of frets, body is made of mahogany, fretboard is made of rosewood. Tune-O-Matic bridge piece, stop bar tailpiece (though I replaced it with a Bigsby True Vibrato, it sounds great). The point of the Studio is to take away a lot of the frills that any other Les Paul would have, leaving a clean looking guitar. I have it in ebony with chrome hardware. I had to buy the case, but it wasn't much (about 20 bucks). Overall, a really good guitar.