Price paid: $ 1200
Purchased from: Mars Music
Sound — 10
I have been playing all sorts of styles-rock, metal, blues-and this guitar works great for each one. With the 3-way channel-switching and the 2 tone controls- you can pretty much get this thing anywhere from a warm, fat sounding blues appeal all the way to a tangy, Nirvana-type sound.
I use a BOSS metalzone distortion pedal and a Digitech Flanger, as well as my amps' built in overdrives. I got this thing running through a Marshall MG100HDFX head and a Marshall 1960A cab. I also play through a Marshall MG30DFX combo when im not with the band. Either way this guitar gives out a rich sound for whatever style i choose to play.
Overall Impression — 10
I've been playing guitar for about 4 years and this one for about one. I also own an ESP ex300 or something, i dont remember the model name really, but the Gibson sounds much better (however, the ESP was half the price). If this got stolen or lost id be pissed as hell, and id probably get another. My favorite feature is the clean sound. I'd suggest this for anyone who's looking for a versatile guitar that they can take on the road and not have to worry about.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I've been playing with this guitar live for about 9 months, and ive owned it for about 11. I replaced the Gibson strap buttons with strap-locks, but even befor that it hadn't fallen. The finish seems good enough to last me a long time (which i plan on having this for), and ive used this for virtually every show without a backup, the strings hardly even break. The only thing that sucks about this guitar is that it seems to get out of tune a bit faster than my others, but i think the sound quality makes up for that.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
When I first bought this guitar the shop told me to bring it back in a week or so so that they could make any adjustments. So I came back and got the bridge raised a tad. One of the Gibson factory pickups was a little loose so I got that taken care of too. Other than those couple things, this guitar was lookin pretty good.
Features — 10
This is a recently made guitar-made in the USA. It has 22 frets, and a laminated top. Mine is a shiny ebony. It comes with the gibson-brand tuners but i suggest goin straight to Grovers. Its got the maplewood neck with the pearl box inlays. Jumbo frets and a fat neck. It comes with a case with a cool pink furry inside and here are some more features-
Fingerboard/Pearl box Inlay
490R Alnico magnet humbucker
498T Alnico magnet humbucker
Two volume, two tone, three-way Switch
Brite Wires .009-.042