Price paid: £ 500
Purchased from: Promenade Music
Sound — 9
This guitar is great for metal. I'm a big fan of In Flames and it does resemble their sound a little. I use it through a Line 6 spider valve and it sounds brutal with distortion. The bridge pickup sound heavy and defined when playing rhythm but a bit raw for solos while the neck pickup sounds very muddy when playing rhythms while sounding rich and smooth for solos. On clean, the bridge pickup is very scratchy and driven but the neck pickup really shines when on clean as it sounds full and smooth.
Overall Impression — 9
Again, I play alot of metal and this is a really good match. I've been playing for about a year and a half and I've had this for about a year. If it were stolen, I would hunt down the thief and take it back or I would buy it again (although first choice is preferred) as its one of the best les pauls I have ever played. I have compared this with the rest of the Epiphone Les Paul range and none have matched it.
Reliability & Durability — 7
The Strap Locks died after two gigs (which allowed it to drop to the floor during a practice session), but apart from that it has faired very well against my onslaughts and playing live. Its also a heavy guitar and after a while it starts to get tedious halling its ass around. The hardware on his thing will definitly last for a good amount of time before giving in and the finish seems like it will last.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The action on this was about average, but I soon lowered it to my preference. The pickups required a few little adjustments but again that's due to my picky nature. The hardware was perfect, the electronic were also perfect, but there is a thin line of exposed wood below the binding near the jack. The strap locks that I got with this seemed ok but I quickly broke them. My suggestion, get new ones. But yeah, the only thing that lets it down it the small imperfection with the binding.
Features — 9
I'm not sure where or when this guitar was made. It has 24 jumbo frets and a 24.75 scale with an ebony fretboard and blade inlays. It has a set mahogany speedtaper neck with a white binding. The mahogany body has a highly figured quilt maple top. There is also a locktone tune-o-matic/ stopbar. theres an EMG 81 in the bridge and an EMG 85 in the neck. theres a volume pot and tone pot as well as a three way pickup selector. The machine heads are grover. The finish is midnight ebony.