Price paid: $ 794
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 10
I play mostly hard rock, but I also like blues, some metal, and some cleaner tone stuff. The guitar plays it all very well. I'm using with a small Behringer amp (I need a new one), and it sounds great, but I've tried it on other (better) amps, and it sounds even better. It has the typical Gibson full, crunchy tone, and sounds great, both distorted and clean. It makes no noise when I'm not playing it, and when I am playing it, it only makes noise I want it to make (unless I mess up, which isn't the guitar's fault).
Overall Impression — 10
I play alot of different music, and this guitar works with everything. I've been playing for a year and about 3 months, and this is my second guitar. I also own a Squire Strat, a small beringer amp, and a RP80 effects processor by Digitech. If it were stolen, I would buy it again, definetly. I love the sound of it and the way it feels. Before buying this, I played some epiphones, a few Fender Strats, a Yamaha, and some guitars of another brand that slips my mind. All around, it played, and sounded better than them all.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar will withstand live playing, and the hardware seems sturdy. The strap buttons are solid. If I played a gig, I would probably bring my old guitar too, for safteys sake, but I am sure it would not be needed. The finish is a little thin, but thats because it's supposed to look older: it's a "Faded."
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I'm no guitar expert, and I havn't had it very long, but as far as I can tell, everything has been set up correctly. The guitar is a faded, so it is supposed to look older, even though it's new. If you don't count purposful wear on the finish, it's in great condition.
Features — 8
I'm not sure when it was made, but it was made in Nashville TE, USA. It's go 22 frets, a rosewood fretboard, the and typical fatish Gibson neck. It's got a solid, no-laminated top. It's got a mahogany body, and neck, and it's got a faded yellow finish. It's a single cutaway Les Paul, flat top body. It's got the standard Les Paul controls (three-way selector, 2 volume knobs, two tone knobs), and it's got a neck pickup and a bridge pickup (neck: 490R Alnico magnet humbucker, Bridge: 498T Alnico magnet humbucker). It has non-locking "Gibson Deluxe" tuners, and came with a gig bag. My only features complaint is that it didn't come with a hard case, and the gig bag it came with has almost no padding.