Purchased from: Freinds Music
Sound — 8
I play rock (a somewhat wide variety) and some blues. It is very good for heavier and distorted tones, as well as a nice clean, bright sound. Great humbuckers indeed. The sustain is right to my liking. A good guitar for lead. I play through a Marshall MGD50DFX which I feel isnt up to the task for this guitar. I've also had problems with strings "talking" when shifting chords. Very low hum. It performs well though a wah, but I don't the results when using flange.
Overall Impression — 10
I did a very well job of selecting this instrument, it's everything I want in a guitar. I've been playing for almost half my life and this guitar is the only one I own that sings the way it should. If anything happens to it I'll defintely replace it with the same model (different finish). I compare a few LP styled guitars (ESP EC-400, ESP EC-1000, Epiphone LP) but this one had what I wanted, power and sustain. Only complaint is the string noise and finish easily dirties up. Great buy for anyone.
Reliability & Durability — 10
As any Gibson, very well suited for playing in your room or in front of 30,000+. Everthing is as solid as a armoured car. Finish is very solid and thick, good for us clumsy people bound to scrape it on stuff. I have a feeling this axe will, last me many years. I paid $850 (very great price) for something worth much greater a price.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Action was set just a little lower than what I'm used to, but definitely not in need of adjustment. Humbuckers nicely set-up, couldnt be better. All hardware was as it should be or at least to my knowledge. The pickup selector was a little loose, not that big a deal. Nut semmed a little tainted but solid none the less. Good solid guitar, the best in my collection.
Features — 10
A nice 2004 made here in the USA. 22 frets with a '60s style neck and rosewood fretboard. Mother of pearl inlays for the classic touch. Carved maple top on a mahogany back for awsome sustain. Wine red finish with a natural flame and all gold hardware. Finish is solid but tends to bring out finger prints a little too much so constant care is needed. Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tail peice. 2 tone and 2 volume for 490R and 498T pickups.