Price paid: € 1890
Purchased from: Thomann.de
Sound — 10
First of all: the guitar has 2 volume knobs and two pull/push tone knobs, so you can create double as much souds as with a normal Les Paul (in each setting, you can pull a knob to swith) The single coil sound is really amazing, it's perfect to play clean parts, it even has a bit of an acoustic sound in this setting. The humbuckers are not P90's, they are Seymour Duncan Alnico's. I basically am a blues/rock player, and this guitar is a godsend for these types. But actually, this guitar can really handle every style. Metal, funk, grunge, hardrock,... You have to decide for yourself how you use the humbucker-swith. In the neck position, it gives a really warm tone, excellent to play solo's like artists as Slash, Clapton,... In the middle setting, you can combine and adjust the 2 humbuckers. The bridge position gives a sharp, edgy tone, perfect for screaming and fast solo's. And the sustain is really amazing, when you keep a note, it just keeps sounding forever and gives that really cool feedback. Even when you set your volume really low, you can keep doing that, thanks to the high-tone filter. The GT is really a hidden treasure.
Overall Impression — 10
I'm playing for 4 years now, this guitar is my 17th guitar, and with I learned so far, I know absolutely sure I would have bought a guitar like this long time ago! When you played this Gibson (or any other Gibson with the same specs), any other guitar is just a cheap toy. I compared it to Fender-guitars, but Gibson just has that magic touch, you just have to play it to feel the rock 'n roll.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar is BUILT to do gigs and Live performances. It is specially finished to withstand all climates, temperatures, even rough handling. When you hold the guitar, you can really feel it's strenght. The locking system for the cable is really handy too, you can't pull the cable without pushing the security knob. A detail, but really handy! Like said before, the grover tuners are very usefull too when you have to change your strings quickly. With this guitar, you won't need a backup guitar anymore, but I take a backup guitar with a tremolo, just to do songs that need the tremolo.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The guitar came perfectly set up. The strings are close to the neckboard, but they don't touch the frets so you don't have the annoying sound. The higher frets are easy to reach, it fits perfect in the hand, although the first week I had some problems. I was used to an Ibanez Satriani, witch has an extremely thin neck, but now, my GT plays like butter too. Tuning the guitar is very easy, it comes Standard with Grover tuners, so just clamp the strings in the tuners and they won't move a bit! The guitar has a Tune-O-Matic bridge, whitch keeps in tune amazingly! I use a lot of bends all the time and even after e week of playing 3 hours a day, it was still completely in tune! I couldn't believe my tuner, never seen such a reliable guitar. The only thing I miss is a tremelo, but on the other side, the more mechanical stuff on your guitar, the more chance you have to get out of tune or get other problems. Compared to other guitars, it's a bit of heavy, but with a good strap, it doesn't bother. It's a really solid guitar that will last forever, if proper used, however, I think if I would smash the guitar that it even wouldn't leave a scratch!
Features — 10
The guitar came Standard with the original case and straplocks. A screwdriver and humidifier were included in the case. The inside of the case is a very soft kind of fur, so it won't leave scratches in the guitar. The GT-version is a limited edition with some features that other Les Paul's don't have (2 bolts in the neck for more stability, straplocks, push/pull knobs for switching to single coil, locking system for the cable, grover tuners and flames on the paint) It looks very smooth and spontanious.