Price paid: $ 2700
Purchased from: The Music Zoo
Sound — 10
Like most of my fellow guitarists, when buying a guitar, I play my best licks from all kinds of genres. Well let me tell you, this baby can do it all. From blues and R&B, to rock and metal. You can get a wide selection of tones you can choose from mostly because of the coil-tap option this guitar offers. You won't get any authentic Tele or Strat tones, but you will get something very similar. Neck Pickup: Gibson Ceramic 496R - Very warm sound, and great for blues, soul, and some lo-fi shredding. In my opinion it sounds like a lot of Bridge pickups on some guitars, but a tad warmer. When you coil tap it, it sounds almost Strat-like, but not really, and it's not really HOT enough for that sharp Tele-tone. It's more of a diminished, airy version of this pickup un-tapped. Still amazing and very useful for songwriting though. Bridge Pickup: Gibson Ceramic 500T - Perhaps the hottest passive pickup I've ever heard. Very hot, and almost face-melting. My words can do it no justice. Amazing for rock and metal. It can get a bit too loud and even give some feedback, depending on your gain and volume levels, but that's what the volume control is for. Coil-tapped, sounds very close to being tele-like, but not quite, since it has a bit more presence to it's sound. Both Pickups - Very rich sounding. You really can hear the low, mid, and high ends of the pickups when they are activated together. They work very nicely together. Very in your face sounding too. Killswitches - One on the upper bout, one right by the tone control. Both are very responsive and seem durable enough. Great for those odd, robotic melodies.
Overall Impression — 10
I've been playing for about 7 years. I play mostly rock, blues, metal, and I'm starting to get into Jazz. This guitar is very reliable and delivers amazingly for all those genres. I own a Fender American and Squier Strat, so yea, this is my battle ax. I had 3 other guitars, but I sold them all to make-up the cash to buy this bad boy. If this guitar were stolen, like I said, I'd go nuts, but I would defiantly look into trying to buy another (depending on price and availability). It's a bit heavy and big to maneuver with, but I guess you could look at it as a back-workout, and I personally got use to it. I bought this guitar because I have big hands and needed a guitar with that Les Paul tone, but that would work for my hands, and this guitar is perfect for that. I am truly in love with every feature of this guitar. If I would change anything about it, I guess I would make it have a different look to it instead of just white, but this isn't too bad either.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar does seem very durable. The hardware, strap-locks, and finish looks tough enough to last. Quick story: I was practicing some songs while standing up and playing, and hit the tip of the headstock on one of my walls (pretty hard, actually). Long story short, my wall has the dent, and the headstock IS IN PERFECT CONDITION. This has happened once more, and bore the same result. So that's saying something. However, my only qualm is that I'm scared of taking this guitar out for a gig or a practice. This guitar is my most expensive guitar, it's supposedly going up in value, and it is just so damn perfect for me and my style, that if anything were to happen to it, I'd go nuts. Is it me or am I just paranoid?
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The action was PERFECT! Came with 10's. Very amazing for big hands like mine. It might not be easy to shred on this guitar if you play average sized Les Paul necks because their necks are considerably smaller. This neck is more like a chunkier SG neck. Pickups were very adjusted. The finish of the guitar itself was flawless. It has a very minimalistic yet quirky-futuristic look to it.
Features — 10
I can sit here and type out all the specs for you about this 2010 beauty, or you can get LITERALLY every single detail about the guitar straight from the horse's mouth here. As you can see, it is VERY unique, both in looks and in construction. It is a pleasure to behold, hold, and play.