Price paid: $ 487
Purchased from: House of Guitars
Sound — 9
The EMG 81/85 active pickups are just awesome. They just sound amazing through my Crate 30W amp. Its great for metal, rock, punk, and stuff like that. They have good sustain and pinch harmonics squeal like a beast. The sound has great full and crunchy rhythm tones, and the lead tones are rich and clean. Overall its a great sounding guitar for metal, rock and punk styles. Just don't buy this guitar and expect to get a nice blues or southern rock sound.
Overall Impression — 9
I have been playing for about 2 years and i play a lot of metal, rock and punk. And this guitar suits each of these genres perfectly, and it looks amazing while doing soand its so so easy to play. If it were stolen, id beat the **** out of the guy Who stole it. If i couldnt get it back id deffinitely buy it again. This guitar looks cooler and plays better than most any guitar around this price, from ESP vipers to Jackson dinkys, this guitar blows them out of the water in my opinion. Buy this guitar, you wont regret it.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I have not played this Live yet, but everything seems solid on this guitar. The finish doesnt seem like it will wear off anytime soon, and the strap buttons are solid and tight. The hardware will deffinitely hold up. I am not sure if i would take it without a backup though.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
I bought this guitar in the store and the action was set up just fine. The ONLY thing that i can find wrong with this guitar is the rubber type material on the back of the neck. My thumb just doesnt slide up and down it very good, it gets stuck a little when i move down the fret board. Other than that, its pretty much heaven.
Features — 9
This was made this year in 2008 in the U.S.A. It has an Ultra fast and thin speed taper D bound neck. It has an ebony fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets adorned with sick blade inlays. The mahogany body is light weight and the double cutaway of an SG adds even more comfort when you play. This guitar has a beautiful highly quilt maple top in a color Epiphone calls "midnight ebony". It looks even better in person, trust me. The guitar also has a tune o matic bridge, elegant pearl top knobs, grover die-cast tuners, and a 3 way selector Switch. But lets not forget the active EMG 81/85 pickups =]. Its really amazing you can get all this at a price of about 500 dollars.