Price paid: $ 1200
Purchased from: Instrumental Music
Sound — 10
For the styles I play (classic rock, alternative, Indie, psychadelic), this guitar is perfect. Sold the Bassman amp a while ago, opting for the cheaper FM 212R (was running low on $), and I'm using a Boss NS-2, MXR Phase 90, Crybaby 535Q wah pedal, and a Radial Engineering distortion pedal. Compared to my Strat, it's unbelievably quiet in clean, overdriven, and distorted modes. I use the bridge pickup for a brighter lead sound and the neck pickup for the rich rhythm tone. Definately one of the more versatile guitars on the market.
Overall Impression — 10
It's a great match for my style of music, so I'm thrilled. I've had this guitar for a little over a year now and it has not let me down. I love just about everything about this guitar, although the pickups get a little muddy with my phaser sometimes. Great guitar, and well worth the money.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Les Pauls are notoriously tough due to their meaty bodies and abundance of wood, so even when I screw up and drop it, the results are unnoticable. The gold plating has begun to fade a bit on the edges, but I am not particularly obsessed with keppeing it looking like new, so it is no big deal. THe strap locks do unlock every once and a while, sometimes causing my precious baby to crash to the floor, so the strap buttons have let me down a couple times. I think the finish will last a very long time, because it's very thick.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The action was perfect upon bringing it home, and the pickups were adjusted fine. The top is perfectly bookmatched and properly routed bridge. There were a couple fine scratches on it because it was a floor model, but that has nothing to fo with quality, so I was really very happy with the finish.
Features — 10
I have a 2004 Gibson LP Studio, American made (like all Gibsons). '60s style neck with 22 frets, rosewood fretboard, flamed top in desertburst finish. It's got a regular Tune-O-Matic bridge. There are two volume knobs and two tone knobs (one for each pickup). Two humbucking pickups (490R and 498T I think), and I'm not sure what kind of tuners, Grover maybe?