Sound — 7
I've played with the pickup height to adjust the guitar to fit my style fairly well. I plug into a Marshall AVT100 which makes up for anything that my guitar fails on. I often use the middle pickup through my clean channel with a little reverb; this makes an almost perfect steel-string acoustic sound. The pickups definitely don't compare to anything like Seymore Duncan or EMG when it comes to harmonics because I can get my pinch harmonics to sound perfect on many other guitars, but when I play it on my G10, they just don't have the right tone. I wish that it had a little better sustain than it does also.
Overall Impression — 8
I play a lot of classic rock and '80s metal and, for the most part this guitar has worked out pretty well; definitely for the price. I've had it for about three and a half years and have appreciated its quality for the price that was payed for it. If something happened to it I'd look into buying an Epiphone Les Paul Custom or a Gibson Les Paul Custom if I got the money somehow. If this guitar's sustain and harmonics improved, it would be almost perfect, but as I said, for the price you can't beat it.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Being that it has a floating bridge, this guitar sometimes slips out of tune when the whammy bar is used. The hardware seems very durable and the strap buttons are very solid as I've never had any issues with the durability. It's probably a good idea to keep a backup on stage when using this guitar, but only because it might slip out of tune or something minor. I have had no problems with the finish of the guitar wearing off or anything accept when I've bumped into stuff or other incidents that aren't the guitar's fault.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
I bought my guitar used and the intonation was a little off. The pickups were also not quite adjusted to fit what I wanted out of them, but I've fixed all that. Other than that, the guitar was in perfect shape and everything worked awesome, especially for the price. The playability is awesome; the feel of the thin neck makes speed and accuracy easier to accomplish.
Features — 9
22 medium frets on a rosewood fretboard with a maple neck that is bolted into a Strat-style alder body. It has a tremolo bridge that, if you have too thick of string guage, with float up. It has generic pickups: a bridge humbucker, a single coil middle pickup, and a single coil neck pickup. There is a 5-way pickup switch, 1 volume knob, and 1 tone knob. Most people buy this guitar in a starter pack that includes a practice amp, gig bag, and a few things that any beginner should have.