Price paid: $ 375
Purchased from: pro concert tupelo mississippi
Sound — 10
I play all kinds of music, from rockabilly, to clean rock like red hot chilli peppers, to heavily distorted metal like slayer, and metallica. I am using a small Ibanez amp like a 20 watt or something. It has a very deep, warm, rich tone. Love the deep heavy sound with metal. When you put it on rythm, and turn the gain up, and hit a low power chord it makes a really rich deep sound it is just great. You would have to hear it. Overall the sound is great for anything, but I really appreciate the rich metal crunch most of all. Compared to most guitars I have heard it is at the top. My dad has an 82 ibanez, which cost about $500 back in the day and it is just about even with this. When clean it sounds like it would be a heavenly blues guitar, but I'm not 100% sure because I don't play blues. I have a trained ear, and I would say it is one of the best sounding I have ever played. This guitar sounds great for mostly any music.
Overall Impression — 10
It fits all the styles I play which is usually clean or distorted. I hav been playing for about a year. I play my dads ibanez, and my sg, and my Fender acoustic/electric. My only regret is not spending another 100 for a hard case, because the finish is beautiful, and I want it to stay that way. If it were stolen I would buy it again, depending on how much money I was willing to spend. The thing I love about it is the les paul body style, when I walked in the store I thought it was a les paul, and almost didn't look at it because I assumed it would cost 1000 dollars. Also the thing I love is the sound. It sounds great and I was very impressed when I played it in the store. I comper it to my dads Ibanez which is an amazing sounding guitar, they have different sounds, but they are of equal quality. The only thing I wish it had was neck through construction, but a set neck is still pretty good, and in my opinion is better than a bolt on.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I have only had it for a week so I can tell much yet, but I did hit the head stock against a metal edge on a fold out bed. It has a tiny nic that you can just feel with your finger, but the finish stayed intact. The hardware feels very solid, and I expect it to last. I usually play sitting down so I don't know if the strap buttons are good but the look sturdy. The finish seems somewhat thick and durable. I haven't had it long enough to be 100% on durability, but it seems very solid for now.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The finish is a brown with a slight red tint. It has a flamed maple top, which I love. The action is low which I like, but my high e string buzzes a little against the first fret, but nowhere else. I might say the nut is a little low, but think this can be fixed with a small ajustment, and shouldn't be a problem. The 3 way toggle, is very firm, and feels well constructed. The knobs are good as well. The brigh is a tunomatic, and looks identical to the ones on les pauls. It works great. The grover tuners are firm as well, and it stays in tune well, and I have it in Standard or drop d most of the time. Pickups were also good.
Features — 8
I bought this in 2010, I don't know when it was made. 22 frets with rosewood fretboard, mahogany body, flamed maple top, tunomatic bridge, 2 humbucker pickups, 2 tone and 2 volume knobs, 3 way toggle, set neck, crown inlays, and grover tuners. It has a les paul body style, and has pretty much all the same stuff, like pickups, bridge, ect.