Price paid: $ 500
Purchased from: Brook May's Music
Sound — 8
It suits my music style very well. I play classic rock, almost 90% of which is Kiss. I also have a Les Paul to emulate the feel. I use a 50 watt Marshall AVT pre-amp series with an RP-80 digital effect prcessor, and a Hot Head distortion pedal, and a few bosses. This guitar can play any style it wants to, it just matters how much you try to make it do.
Overall Impression — 10
Classic rock is my game, and this is the ticket, but any old Epiphone would do the job I think. 2 years experience, and a Les Paul also. I would get it again if it were stolen. I love the toggle switch. It has never shorted out, and I use it a lot. Others have cheap switches tha do not work. I dont like the fingerprints I make on the pickups, and thats it. As good as any LP. The only thing I didn't have was the tremolo bridge on the custom. When I bought it, it was the day it was discontinued, apperently. Of course, like a month later, it was recontinued, but thats life.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I have used it live and I know it will play fine. The hardware has seen no signs of wear. Strap buttons are fine, just use a good strap, because it wont hang on as well as a high end strap. Yes, I would use it without a backup. Finish is great, much bettee than the picture.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The action and set up were great. Pickups were and are flawless. Yea, bridge had to be adjusted a little, but only for intonation. No body damage or visible flaws, except for a loose wire around the back, but it was expected.
Features — 10
My guitar was made sometime in the last 5 years. Not sure, they never told me. All I know is that it was new. It has 22 frets, and no buzz. It has pearl trapazoid inlays. Solid top. Mahogany body. It has a standard Tune-O-Matic bridge. Obviously a double cutaway, since it's an SG. Active electronics. 2 volume, 2 tone. 3-way switching. Grover tuners. 2 Alnico V pickups.