Price paid: $ 457.5
Sound — 5
Our preffered playing style is metal, but often this guitar struggles to cope with heavy, rapid, palm muting, and tapping comes up rusty due to the rushed fret divides. Using it with a Standard Gisbon-Baldwin practice amplifier that can be purchased with the guitar, distortion is either full on scratchy sound or completely clean; anywhere in between gives an unsure 'which way should I go' effect and brings out low quality sound. With the bass pickup in action, often that Fender Telecaster sound comes in, and on full treble-gain combination, vibratos turn out sometimes with an octave8 effect, increasing that, metal, scratchy sound whether that is your preference or not.
Overall Impression — 7
Overall, it is a great entry level guitar for those Who are into that screamo-metal sound and wanabbe slashes. We would reccomend a classic crybaby wah and micro cube amp to complete the package for the ultimate metalhead rocker with a low budget. Favourite? It has to be the pickups and the cutaway, they are lush along with the angleic fininsh and colour. Largest Flaw has to be the bridge. A decent guitar manufacturer should really at least try to make every guitar perfectly set up. To have a faulty bridge when it's Brand New is very dissapointing. Despite this, it is a great Les Paul Copy in looks and reliability, but we wish we could say the same about the sound and technical quality.
Reliability & Durability — 8
As far as Live playing is concerned, it's lasted through three gigs and still going as if new. Our largest future worry is the pickup selector, because the underside is very exposed under the wood and it could within about 4/5 years, wear out. The finish is great and is flawless; its beautiful look is unbeatable for a guitar of this price. But we wish we could say that about the strap buttons, that seem to revolve constantly and without superglue, your strap is going to get twisted. Overall, for gigs, it's reliable, and a backup isn't needed (but it would be wise to bring a couple of spare leads).
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
As mentioned earlier, the setup is incorrect and needs fixing, but it wont make any large holes in your wallet. The pickups are fine and good quality in comparison with the rest of the guitar, but they could use a better quality material casing them. The nut is made of some sort of plastic, that seemed to be glued on and only just seems to fit the strings in the gaps for them to fit into. Dissapointingly, though, unlike most Les Paul's, the neck is bolted on, as if it were a Fender Stratocaster. The traditional Les Paul style is at a low without its beautiful smooth glued on setup. Thankfully though, a guitar manufacturer has finally made a guitar with a jack socket that endures through a drop on the ground; it has obviously had some effort and thought into it, whearas most guitar just seem to have a 'slap it on' makeshift kind of jack, that seems to break so easily.
Features — 8
Made in 2007, the combination of joined greats, has, unfortunately proved to be an overall dissapointment from the U.S.A. We were relieved to discover it has the Standard Gibson 22 frets in order that we can bend to that crucial e note and despite it's dissapointments, it looks as lush as most Standard Gibson guitars, with a daring dark mahogany glossy sheen. What is one of the most outstanding features is it's single cutaway; instead of having some measly '60s 'curve around the edges' look, the cutaway is sharp and to a Slash-like flavour. Unfortunatly, it's cheap bridge is manufacturered to an incorrect angle, and therefore needs setting up, but the price is worth it. The exciting humbuckers and 3-way pickup selector are what did it for us, though; the layout and inset for them is wonderful, and unlike most single pickups, they do not magnetise metal plectrums. Overall, Appearance-wise, we think it is a mediocre level guitar, but good quality for money.