Price paid: $ 800
Purchased from: Musician's Friend
Sound — 10
Again, if you have a Les Paul Standard or Custom, you wasted about $2000. This sounds the same, all you have to do is get a new fret job and replace the strap button. Sounds great with any amp and effect, not noisy at all, high output, rich and bright tone, and extremely versatile.
Overall Impression — 10
The only thing it needs is a vibrato bar, preferrably a Bigsby. Other than that, it will make owners of LP Standard and Custom feel like they wasted a lot of money. The people at Gibson did a really good job making a cheaper, good-sounding and as-durable Les Paul.
Reliability & Durability — 9
It is probably the most reliable guitar. Ever. The strap buttons slip, but that's it. It will probably outlive me. The finish is strong, and it can Shine even brighter with some polish. This guitar probably doesn't need a backup, it being reliable enough to start out with.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The wood was somewhat chipped, and I think there is a Sharpie mark on the body. The action is smooth, and it easily bends. The only flaws are in intonation, which is slightly but unnoticeably off, and the strap button. It is not noisy at all, and the bridge is solid.
Features — 10
I bought a 2009 Gibson Les Paul Studio. Finally, a chambered Les Paul! Surprisingly, it is EXTREMELY light, lighter than my Squier Strat. It has great tone, sounds just like a Les Paul Custom. The only downsides are that the frets are too high and the strap buttons slip all the time.