Price paid: $ 299
Purchased from: Musicians Friend
Sound — 9
The '59 neck profile is a rock but easy for small hands. It is set like all custom Gibson's and having a mahogany body and neck it delivers incredible sustain. The pick ups are crunchier then Fender singles but not as bright. I like the darker brown sound these singles produce, suited well for a singer/songwriter or rhythm player.
Overall Impression — 10
For the money right now this thing can't be beat. I play blues, funk, classic rock, alternative and Indie stuff, and this guitar is suited pretty much for all of that. I love this thing so much; I just bought another one online. I bet this guitar will get played more by it's owners then many of their guitars worth thousands as it's so comfortable. Anyone without cash that wants Gibson American quality should get one. If you would never look at an inexpensive guitar and yet have expensive guitars you never play, you'll love this guitar. Because you'll play this thing to death and not worry about it and then find yourself secretly thinking it's the most fun thing to play, even though you would never admit it to your friends.
Reliability & Durability — 9
You can rely on this thing for sure; it reminds me a lot of a Telecaster with the 3-switch pickup selector, tone and volume controls. Much lighter weight and yet still solid, totally gig worthy. Reliability & Durability are it's rock solid. The finish is the only thing that may make this a 9 if it is on a sunburst or white faded finish.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The rosewood finger board was nice and flat and pearl Dot inlays looked really good on the black on black look this guitar has. Black finish, called ebony by Gibson, has got a satin sheen I personally like a lot. The frets were medium jumbo, and were nicely polished. I thought the silk screened Gibson logo could have been done better.
Features — 9
The Ebony black in satin nitrocellulose is solid and looks good with gloss black dual pick ups and pick guard. It has black top hats and white button tuners with white pearl Dot inlays. USA made in Tennessee in Nashville, so you can't go wrong there. Let's face it American made Gibsons are always going up in value.