Price paid: $ 1700
Purchased from: Local Shop
Sound — 9
This guitar is above anything else a Metal/Hard Rock guitar. It sounds great no matter what guitar you compare it to. The guitar have a fat sound that is excellent for playing heavy riffs and solos. You can play any style on this guitar and it will do well, but if you don't play hard rock or metal mainly you should consider buying something else. The clean sound on this guitar is to my surprise excellent compared to other and more expensive Les Paul models. You get a really warm and nice tone and it works very well for playing ballads. An excellent guitarists that like to play Hard Rock/Metal and ballads.
Overall Impression — 8
I have played a lot of guitars. Everything from the best Gibson guitars, to the best Fenders to the best Ibanez, Jackson, Dean PRS etc. Of course you cannot compare the Gibson Les Paul Studio Gothic model to the top models in quality, but when it comes to sound this guitar is not as good as the very best, but it sounds good enough to make anyone Who tries it say: Hold S***, this guitar sounds awesome". Don`t you dare compare this guitar to any Epiphone Les Paul, This is another level of guitar. There is no Epiphone Les Paul I have played that is even close to this guitar. It is also one of the most comfortable guitars I have ever played (That goes for Les Paul generally). Personally I like everything about this guitar. It sounds great to any style of music (I mostly play metal and blues though), and it is comfortable to play. If it were lost or stolen I would probably buy something more expensive. If you can save up 1700 dollars you can probably save up 1000 more ;)
Reliability & Durability — 9
It is a solid guitar that you can trust, and it will do the job. I will probably have this guitar for ever (at least I hope) There is no problems preforming to a Live audience with this guitar. You should ALWAYS have a backup guitar when you play a gig, it doesn't matter if you have a guitar that costs a million dollars. Playing a gig without backup is just dumb. Anything can happen.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
It is a very comfortable guitar to play, Your fingers wont get tired and the neck is really fast. I have nothing negative to say in this area. It is what you should expect from something you have payed 1700 dollars for. No flaws.
Features — 9
Made in 2001. The Black Satin finish is a very minimalistic one. Ordinary Les Paul features. 22 fret, ebony fretboard. It's heavy. Mahogany neck and back, with a maple top. Has the 59 rounded LP neck, which is a really comfortable neck to play on. EMG 81 in bridge and 85 in neck. 2 volume and 2 tone knobs. 3 way selector. Tune-O-Matic bridge.