Price paid: £ 200
Purchased from: Andertons Music co. Guildford
Sound — 8
I don't really have a music style so I just play whatever I want when I feel like it. This guitar works great for anything I feel like playing and can get a great sound for pretty much anything. I use this guitar with some crappy amp that came with my original guitar, I plan to replace it as soon as I can (so I'm not going to mistakingly judge the sound of the guitar based on that), an OD-300 Behringer distortion pedal, a Behringer digital delay pedal (I can't remember exactly what its called) and the Boss DS-2 Turbo Distortion pedal. It works great with this stuff besides the amp which I don't think would work well with aything lol. I find the pickups to be quite good at stopping high feedback but even on quiet volumes I hear hum, I like to think this is because I don't have access to any decent amps and other reviews I've seen that hasn't been a problem. The guitar has a decent range of sounds it can make but I would prefer it if it had an extra tone control.
Overall Impression — 10
as i mentioned earlier I play a large variety of music and this guitar can get great sound for all of them. I've been playing around 10 and a half months now and all the other gear I own I mentioned earlier in the "SOUND" section of the review (yeh I don't have much, but I'm planning to get a Peavy VYPYR amp soon) if it was stolen I wwold probably like to replace it but I'm in the sort of mindset where I want my next guitar to be a hell of a lot better than this one so I woud probably just save up money and get somethng better. What I love is the see throuh cherry colour and how on the cutaway the sticky-out part has more of a point on it than most les pauls. I wish it had something like a floyd-rose, but then again, who wouldn't want one? But seriously, I really do think this guitar has everything you could hope for in this price range and in my opinion it blows any Epiphone copy in this price range straight out of the water.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I have played on a couple of live gigs with this guitar and I'm very happy of the performance it gave. The hardware has not corroded at all and I think it will last for a while, some of the paintwork has chipped off but thats just my careless nature in my small room... I'm confident in using this guitar live but I would ALWAYS have a backup, no matter wwhat guitar I have. The strap buttons have never given out on me so I think they work amazingly.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The action is fantastic on ths guitar, its close to the frets for ease when playing but I don't get any fret buzz. One of the screws holdint the pickups in place has come loose after just a few months of use, this doesn't affect how the pickup works it just means it wobbles around a bit. The master tone control has also come loose and often falls of if the guitar gets tipped much further than a 90 degree angle. These are not major issues however and can be easily fixed, its just annoying that after only a few months of se this has happened.
Features — 10
My 100QM was made in china but I don't know about the year. It is a 24 X-jumbo fret Les Paul design guitar with a basswood body, maple neck and a rosewood fingerboard. T-O-M bridge and a 4.2cm Standard nut. Black nickle hardware on mine as its the see-through black cherry colour. 3-way selector with 2 pickups, one right next to the neck and one closr to the bridge. ESP tuners and ESP L.H-150 pickups.