Price paid: $ 891.21
Purchased from: www.dangleberrymusic.co.uk
Sound — 8
It's been a long time since I played a genuine LP, but going from memory, this guitar isn't far away from that sound. It has a really fat tone, which I love. Uaed with my Roland Microcube and Toneworks AX1500G, I can easily get all the variety of sounds I want. The pickups are generic, tho' I believe they are the same/similar to, the ones Epiphone use in their top end Gibson clones.
Overall Impression — 10
Honeslty, this guitar has to be seen to be believed, it is absolutely stunning, my description simply can't do it justice. There's literally nothing to dislike, tho' the lack of dot markers on the fretboard will take a bit of getting used to for me, but if this is all I have to complain about, I'll settle for that. As it is one of 24 made in this colour (mine is 7 of the 24) the chances of being able to buy another if lost or stolen are slim, but if I could, I would without hesitation. It has a list price of 825 GBP, but I paid 487 GBP, so whichever way I look at it, this guitar was a steal at that price. It was more than I'm usually willing to spend on a guitar without trying first, but I've not been disappointed in any way. To sum up, if anyone reading this has ever wanted a Les Paul type guitar with a difference, have a look at these, but as a limited edition, they won't be available forever. A fantastic guitar that really stands out from the normal LP clones. Highly recommended.
Reliability & Durability — 8
Purely on looks alone, it deserves to be a first choice guitar, but it's too soon to tell about durability, tho' it gives the impression everything about this guitar is built to last. As it's for home use only in my case, durability isn't so much of an issue.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Overall, the finish was flawless, tho' the factory setup action wise wasn't the best, not unplayable by any means, but higher than I like. It shipped fitted with 9's, I soon restrung with a set of 11's, lowered the action, and within 10 minutes it was setup exactly how I wanted. The action is now superb with not a hint of fret buzz.
Features — 10
Recently made in Korea, this Les Paul style guitar is part of a limited edition Tree of Life series made exclusively for the UK market. There were 168 made, 24 of each in 7 colours. Right, onto the details. Mahogany body with solid quilted maple top finished in 'amber burst' with gloss finish, 22 fret mahogany neck/rosewood fretboard. The body, neck and headstock are bound with mother of pearl, and the fretboard inlaid with a stunning mother of pearl Tree of Life motif across the whole fretboard. Gold (coloured/plated) tunomatic style end piece and bridge, 2 gold (coloured/plated? ) passive generic humbuckers, 2 each of volume and tone controls, 3 way selector. Generic gold (coloured/plated) closed tuners. It came supplied with a good quality fitted hard case and a cerificate of authenticity.