Price paid: $ 347.682
Purchased from: Trad Music - Wakefield
Sound — 10
I play a range of genres: Punk, classic metal, Indie and a bit of this crazy recent metal. And to be fair, les-pauls are just perfect for all of these. Even though it sn't a Gibson, this is incredibly vesatile with the adjusting of a few controls on your amp. I play through a Fender Frontman 15G 30 watt amp, and with my pedalboard, this sounds incredible. It sounds a little timid on low volume, but it's hard to find guitars that aren't. However, on full volume this guitar is a motherbitch to play, it sounds extravagant. To say it's a copy of a much better guitar, this doesn't let you down, and the price doesn't hurt either!
Overall Impression — 10
Overall, this is a close to pefect guitar. There is only a slight difference in quality to real Les Pauls. And that 900 quid off is a real heart warmer! I would by another one of these if it was stolen, definately. And my favourite feature has to be its versatility of sounds. If only it had a trem, that would be very admirable. If you're hard for cash and want to sound like Mr. Paige, or the overated Mr. Slash, then buy this. You wion't be dissapointed.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Having had this guitar for just under a year, I have been a bit clumsy at some points. It's recieved some pretty big knocks, yet the bodywork and hardware have stayed undamaged, which I'm surprised at. The finish is close to perfect, just as I had bought it, with a little clean every month or so. The strap buttons wobble slighty, but with a strap on, its weight perfectly balances this out. I've gigged it once or twice, I spilt up a bands a few weeks after buying it, but it was phenominal live, and stands the test!
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Set up wise, this guitar is flawless. I don't see any flaws to a Les Paul's original design! On the second frets there is a little string buzz, but you don't hear this through an amp, which is ok by me. The action is brilliant, great for smooth chord transitions and those fast riffs that you can't nail on most other major brand copies. Sometimes you have to adjust the pickups though, they can be easily adjusted though.
Features — 9
I believe this guitar was made in Korea, but I'm not sre, just so you know. It has a rosewood fingerboard that glides beautifully, that also features 21 frets. It has a laminated top black finish with a cream trim and gold hardware, its very classy looking. The body itself is made of maple, its a good solid wood, and's survived quite a few knocks. It has a 3 way pickup selector, sepereate pickup volume controls, 2 tone controls, a good Tune-O-Matic bridge, and was made fairly recently. Perhaps 2 years ago.