Price paid: £ 450
Purchased from: Ebay
Sound — 10
I play everything but lately have been getting into grunge. I've had a Gibson SG for many years and only traded it in for a Les Paul for the extra sustain. Also I have grown weary of the cheesy SG look. I am very familiar with the pickup setup on the SG and the LP is identical. I'm running it through a BOSS DS-1 into an Orange Tiny Terror. The sound is amazing, same as the SG. Only I find that changing the pickup and adjusting the tone controls has much more of a dramatic effect on the LP than the SG, allowing for a wider range of tones. And the heavier body means more sustain of course.
Overall Impression — 9
Amazing guitar. Wish I'd bought it in the first place instead of the SG, or maybe had both. Works very well with the grunge I've been writing and surprisingly the brown faded look is a hell of a lot meaner than the Cherry SG. I recommend it to anyone, regardless of musical style. If I lost it I'd be devastated and find a new one straight away,
Reliability & Durability — 7
I've had the guitar a few months. I am having a problem with the pickup selector, sometimes the neck pickup doesn't engage properly without a little fiddling. I don't blame this on the guitar, rather the previous owner. But it's worth mentioning, just in case it's a common problem.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The balance is the first thing I noticed on the LP, the SG used to spin when I let go of it on the strap due to the heavy neck. The LP is perfectly balanced. I can let go of it in perfect confidence. I found it alot smaller than it looks on the TV, maybe it's just me.
Features — 8
Les Paul Studio Faded, brown. 450 used on eBay. Soft case, 10 gauge Ernie Ball strings. Dual humbuckers (I think 498r and 490t but there is alot of confusion as to which year/model has which pickups. 3 way pickup selector (Bridge, Bridge/Neck, Neck). Separate volume and tone controls for each pickup. Input port on edge of guitar body with straight cable as opposed to right angled on the face of guitar body on SG.