Price paid: C$ 912
Purchased from: used
Sound — 9
Suits my eclectic tastes from Rock and Roll, blues to country. Sound is rich and clear. I use Boss Tremolo and Chorus pedals along with a Zoom Player 10 and get great effects with this guitar. A Peavey Bandit 65 is my main amp. I rarely use distortion with this guitar as I find the sound to mangled, to my taste, when more than one string is struck. Prefer to use my Stratocaster if I need distortion.
Overall Impression — 7
Play mostly rock, blues and some country and been playing for over 40 years as an hobby. Own an American Standard Stratocaster and a Norman Studio 67. In conclusion I love the sound, the look of the guitar, especially the sunburst finish. Don't like the excessive weight and physical comfort of playing it.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This is obviously a well made solid guitar that should last forever and if were not for the design of the body and its weight I would likely rate it much higher. Winders are solid and stay in tune even when playing hard. Fret high is easily adjusted to eliminate buzzing.
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
Purchased the guitar from an insurance auction since it listed for well over $2700 new in Canada at the time. It has some water damage from a flood, some of the varnish near two of the nobs show some cracking. Its been over 6 years an the finish has not deteriorated any further. Action is good but not as good as a Stratocaster. It the least ergonomic guitar I have ever owned (I currently own a Stratocaster and have previously owned a Gibson SG and a Fender Telecaster). The guitar is heavy even with a good strap. It is also unsuitable for playing on your lap while sitting down .
Features — 8
Standard 22 rosewood fretboard with flame maple top desert brown sunburst body. Two Burstbucker pickups. Typical Les Paul Standard with no pick guard. 3 position switch. Pearl trapezoid inlay fret markers. Inlay body and neck contour. Well made black Gibson guitar case was inclused.