Purchased from: Elderly Instruments
Sound — 9
I was looking for a guitar to give me that Led Zeppelin/Aerosmith blues-rock sound and this guitar is perfect. The pickups are a little bit noisy with heavy distortion. The sound is very limited to blues or rock. Gibson pickups have a very unique sound. In order to imitate that legendary sound one must own a Gibson.
Overall Impression — 8
My only real disapointment is that this guitar is great for any range of classic rock, even grunge or alternative, but is fairly hard to shred on. You can make do, but metal fans should go ahead and buy an Ibanez or ESP.I love this model of guitar because it feels great while playing it standing up, as all of the weight is in the body and not the neck, unlike an SG or Flying V model. Also the volume and tone controls are well out of the way of your picking, unlike a Stratocaster. If you want the sound of a Les Paul Standard with close looks and playability, without paying $2,300 bucks, you can't go wrong with this guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Reliability may be this guitars best feature. It is very solid and all parts seem very sturdy. I've had the guitar for 2 years and the only blemishes are a couple of marks on the back of the body. The gloss finish is fairly thick.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
For over $1,000 bucks I expected a better action, though it is quite good. I've played $500 Ibanez guitars that are much faster. One of the tone knobs seems to hang up a bit as you turn it. I will probably replace the tuners, as these go out of tune easily. But then again Gibson are notorious for having bad tuners. The intonation was perfectly set up. The wine red finish looks great close-up and the wood has lots of detail.
Features — 8
This is a wine red 2005 model and has basically the same features as the Les Paul Standard, minus the binding on the neck and body.It's also not quite as heavy as a Standard. The jumbo frets are great for string-bending, but don't play as fast as smaller ones. I do miss having a whammy-bar, as I feel limited without one. Some people knock on gibsons for not having a 5-way selector switch. But really, how many do you actually use? With this guitar you have what you need.