Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 10
Holy crap. The second I plugged this baby in I was pretty sure it's the one. Then I turned on the amp and I knew it was the one, it's sound is amazing. With most guitars you adjust the amp and get a different sound, with this thing, you roll back the volume a little, and it's kinda bluesy, and you can roll back the tone, and gets a little chunkier rock sound. I play this baby through a Marshall MG100HDFX, with a Boss MD-2, and a Snarling Dogs Whine O Wah. I don't use the wah that much with it though, as I just recently purchased it.
Overall Impression — 10
I must say this is an astounding guitar. I play many genres of music from rock, to clean stuff, to metalish now and then. I play through a Marshall MG100HDFX, and a Boss md-2 distortion pedal, and occasionaly a Snarling Dogs whine o wah. I love most aspects about it. there is nothing that I wish it had. It suits me perfectly. From the color, the neck, pickups, bridge, tuners, and the controls are very smooth. If it were stolen, I probably wouldn't be able to afford another one for a long time, and I got quite a deal on this one as it is. I first was looking at some higher range epiphones, then I was shown some les paul studios, then some les paul standards, and I had settled on a LP Standard, when I asked if they had any double cuts. They only had a black one, so they special ordered me a blue one. And it is amazing.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I haven't had the guitar very long so I really can't talk about long term reliability, but I take care of my guitars, so I don't know how I compare to most. But, Gibson's are high quality, extremely durable, and I expect to own this guitar a very long time.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I can't really say much about this, there were no flaws in the fretboard, frets, hardware, tuners, nut, saddle, knobs or finish. It played perfectly right out of the box. The pickup selector is very smooth when changing between pickups, which is very nice.
Features — 10
22 frets, rosewood fingerboard, yellowish trapezoidal inlays, slim taper neck (very comfy), mahogany back, amazingly finished top, two volume knobs, and one tone control, plus, it's got two burstbuckers which sound amazing, Tune-O-Matic bridge, three way selector, grover tuners, it also includes a very nice case, with a combo lock, and 5 other latches for extra security, and a soft handle for carrying, because the case is a little bit heavy, and the guitar is a little heavy, not as heavy as a Standard LP though. But it's a nice touch.