Les Paul review by Rikter

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 3.1 (9 votes)
Rikter: Les Paul
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Price paid: £ 109

Sound — 10
You can get any tone you want out of this. Metal, blues, pop, punk etc.. anything you want, it suits all of them. I mostly play metal so it suits me perfect. I use a White Horse gt260h 120 watt head-cab combo with it and it sounds brilliant. It is also dead quiet through the amp, no hiss, no feedback, which is awesome. Like I said above, you can get anything out of this, and it suits all playing styles, which is kinda handy.

Overall Impression — 9
My style of playing is generally metal, and this guitar suits it perfect. I have been playing for about 3 years now, and I have gone through many different guitars, and this is the best of em all.. If this got stolen, I would go out and buy another one. The guitar itself is just beautiful, the one thing I wished it had is grover tuners and a Floyd Rose tremelo with the locking system, but all in all, I'm happy with it anyway. This guitar stood out in the shop, and I am glad that I chose it.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I haven't played this guitar live yet, but I would say that it will hold up because it is just a solid guitar, which is always great. The hardware on this guitar will definitley hold, I've had no problems with it. The strap buttons are great, they keep any strap locked to the guitar. I would use this guitar at a gig without a backup, but in the band that I am in, we go through different tunings, so just for that reason, I would take a backup.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar was set up perfect for me, very low action which is perfect for me. The pickups were in good condition, I got this new which was really suprising, so it still had the plastic coverings over them. There was no problem with the bridge at all, all in very good condition. There was absolutley no flaws at all, and I know people are gonna say that there is always flaws with a guitar, but there wasn't at all.

Features — 9
I don't know what year this guitar was made, but I know it was made in china. It has 22 frets and a thin maple neck.(Silver) The one I purchased has a silver basswood body which is really cool, gives you a heavy sound. This guitar is based on a Gibson Les Paul, with the 2 volume 2 tone controls, and the pickup selector above the fretboard. It also has a string thru body - bridge which is also really neat. It came with Standard rikter humbuckers which produce a heavy rhythm tone and screaming leads. They are passive pickups as well. Like I said before it has 4 controls - 2 volume, 2 tone, and a 3 way pickup selector switch. The tuners are non-locking, not sure what make they are. I got a 70 watt amp with it, I payed an extra 30 for that.

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    killerbiker
    come on you lot, don't get all"gitar lovey" with this guy...he is just saying what he thinks....the name on the headstock is not an indication of your ability nor a gauge of your manhood.... dont be snobs....
    Amuro Jay
    Nobody will ever learn that users usually rate the guitar based on what they payed for it... Of course a PRS is gonna be way better than a Les Paul knockoff. But a PRS is gonna cost ten times more. Therefore, the ratings have to be relative to price, otherwise any guitar that isn't the Martin D-100 would have a crap rating. Because that guitar was like $100,000 or something.
    bulletandchains
    dude, if you like your guitar , then thats all that matters, have fun and rock out as much as you want! its yours and it dont really matter wot people think! any decent guitar player can make a sound out of almost any guitar. good luck!
    sewoo55
    LISTEN UP EVERYONE! the rating is proportional to the price of the guitar. i'm going to repeat that, because it sounds vaguely important. the rating is proportional to the price of the guitar. If you buy a $200 guitar but it sounds like a $400 guitar, the guitar deserves a high rating
    n00barmy
    celticstorm84 : Ratings are subjective, deal with it. Want objectivity? Then have actual qualified people review stuff...not a bunch of keyboard commandos poking around the internet thinking they know something and coughing up opinions like they have things figured out.
    Every argument is now invalid...
    celticstorm84
    Ratings are subjective, deal with it. Want objectivity? Then have actual qualified people review stuff...not a bunch of keyboard commandos poking around the internet thinking they know something and coughing up opinions like they have things figured out.
    Twitch Galvy
    L2112Lif wrote: Twitch Galvy wrote: 9.4 Gibson? lol right, perhaps a custom shop Fender deserves that rating, I wouldn't know. Yet I guarantee you nothing that Gibson makes these days gets a 9.4. Try with an Ibanez USA or j custom or a guitar of similar caliber, then you'll have something worthy of a 9.4 review. If a LP standard is worthy of this high a rating, 1/1000 knock offs must certainly a clear 10; when it comes to knock offs and cheap end guitars, the individual axe is sometimes (if not rather often) much better than the average. Good work reading the review... Or the title. You kinda missed the part where he says its NOT A GIBSON. Take your brand-hate elsewhere.
    I was commenting on a previous comment, dumbshit. Of course I read the review and thus my hate on inferior quality stays where it is.
    L2112Lif
    Twitch Galvy wrote: 9.4 Gibson? lol right, perhaps a custom shop Fender deserves that rating, I wouldn't know. Yet I guarantee you nothing that Gibson makes these days gets a 9.4. Try with an Ibanez USA or j custom or a guitar of similar caliber, then you'll have something worthy of a 9.4 review. If a LP standard is worthy of this high a rating, 1/1000 knock offs must certainly a clear 10; when it comes to knock offs and cheap end guitars, the individual axe is sometimes (if not rather often) much better than the average.
    Good work reading the review... Or the title. You kinda missed the part where he says its NOT A GIBSON. Take your brand-hate elsewhere.
    L2112Lif
    championguitar wrote: L2112Lif wrote: Look, many Gibson's are shit now,? Agreed. i think that if you want to make the scores on your review subjective you should say it in the review. if you don't people will assume you mean against all other guitars out there
    Did you just pull my quote out of context, and use it in a way that was not intended? I opened up with the rating system is completely subjective, not that its selectively subjective. What you're proposing is selective subjectivity, which doesn't work... In order to give a pure, empirical rating, one would have to go and sample EVERY GUITAR OUT IN EXISTENCE, otherwise their rating would be skewed because they didn't play so-and-so's telecaster thats had its neck broken six times, fixed four, and replaced three times, because EVERY GUITAR SOUNDS DIFFERENT. Even at THAT, there's going to be a bias to what the reviewer plays or listens to. Every person has a different structure for their outer ear, and that structure acts as a passive equalizer. So, what sounds good to one person MIGHT JUST SOUND LIKE SHIT to someone else. Get a grip, and stop being dicks to people who publish reviews, or maybe publish your own. There are certain stupid traps that reviewers often fall into on this site, e.g. Not owning the guitar for long, reviewing its reliability without ever taking it out for friends, playing through an amplifier that overly colors the sound, only playing through one source, not giving the guitar a once-over for any blemishes... But this particular reviewer did not fall into them. He might be using a product that is inferior to your 'distinguished' taste, but it doesn't make his review wrong.
    Twitch Galvy
    9.4 Gibson? lol right, perhaps a custom shop Fender deserves that rating, I wouldn't know. Yet I guarantee you nothing that Gibson makes these days gets a 9.4. Try with an Ibanez USA or j custom or a guitar of similar caliber, then you'll have something worthy of a 9.4 review. If a LP standard is worthy of this high a rating, 1/1000 knock offs must certainly a clear 10; when it comes to knock offs and cheap end guitars, the individual axe is sometimes (if not rather often) much better than the average.
    championguitar
    L2112Lif wrote: Look, many Gibson's are shit now,?
    Agreed. i think that if you want to make the scores on your review subjective you should say it in the review. if you don't people will assume you mean against all other guitars out there
    EFGuitar
    Flame Parade!!! but lay off, my $500 dollar Breedlove buried a $9000 dollar Martin reissue.
    Duke_Jr
    Can people please rate their gear according to reasonable guidlines and not as "this is the best ever". This might be a great guitar in it's price-range but can you honestly rate it so high against a higher end instrument? Please people.. compare your guitars to equivalent quitars not to "all" guitars. It's like comparing a Smart Car to a Ferrari.. it doesn't make sense!
    killerbiker
    i have bin playing,gigging,collecting for 40 years....my business and livelihood is guitars...i have built over many many guitar...my personal collection contains guitars i have paid thousands for and some i have bought for fifty quid...i love them all....and they are all good....a guitar is what it is...im with sea sick steve..and brian may...that is to say..f~~k what it says on the headstock point is...do you like it....
    L2112Lif
    The scale from 1-10 is COMPLETELY SUBJECTIVE. Case and point, Josh Homme loves playing out of Gorilla amplifiers, but Gorilla's are typically what a regular player would call a creative set of words that essentially boils down to shit. But Homme himself has said that he prefers them because they're shit. And, for the sound that he's looking for, I'm sure that he'd give it 8-10 out of ten, because thats the sound that he's looking for. The rest of us would probably note that the amplifier is shit. I've played guitars in the high price range that felt like absolute shit, and sounded like absolute shit. Know Gibson's Raw series, with the stripped down necks and hot humbuckers? They're terrible, there was a knot in the wood of the neck of the one I was playing. And I've got a guitar that I picked up for 200 bucks that I believe is the sound for ME. Look, many Gibson's are shit now, and unless you purchase a vintage one, you might end up regretting your purchase. It might not always be the case, but it often is. Lay off the man, perhaps he prefers this particular guitar to higher-end ones that he's played?
    Prince603
    lmao , i review a guitar and i get flamed for it , just shows how stupid people on this site really are. there was no model number on the guitar and it looked like a les paul , i assumed straight off that it was a les paul copy , now i review it and people are saying how inexperienced i am with guitars/reviews etc.. i am definitley not inexperienced with playing a guitar , i know i am not good with reviews , having never done one before. this is one of the best guitars i have played , if you have got a problem with that , go tell someone who gives a damn. To linkerman - it was my first review , everyone messes up on their first one , and it was accurate as well , it was just what i thought of the guitar when i played it , you got a problem , ill say again , go tell someone who gives a damn .
    I believe what they're saying horrorpunk is that even though this may be the BEST guitar you've ever played, the scale of judging the guitar from 1-10 is a scale for all guitars. That being said you've stacked a low end, cheap guitar, which may be pretty decent, up among high end guitar that range from 900-2000 bucks. A 6 or 7 may have been more appropriate for an overall rating
    edward2700
    String-through body on a Les Paul clone? Really? The horn makes it look like an Agile.
    HorrorPunk666
    lmao , i review a guitar and i get flamed for it , just shows how stupid people on this site really are. there was no model number on the guitar and it looked like a les paul , i assumed straight off that it was a les paul copy , now i review it and people are saying how inexperienced i am with guitars/reviews etc.. i am definitley not inexperienced with playing a guitar , i know i am not good with reviews , having never done one before. this is one of the best guitars i have played , if you have got a problem with that , go tell someone who gives a damn. To linkerman - it was my first review , everyone messes up on their first one , and it was accurate as well , it was just what i thought of the guitar when i played it , you got a problem , ill say again , go tell someone who gives a damn .
    Twistedrock
    bulletandchains wrote: the horn doesnt even look like a les paul! this is another cheap guitar!! to be honest , it looks shite!
    Yeah, if the body shape was 100% like a real Gibson they'd have the shite sued out of them. Tbh, if you're gonna get an LP copy for less than 200 quid, buy a westfield. I have one and they're awesome. The only problem I've had with mine is the bridge came out slightly but all it needed was some super-sticky adhesive. I put a set of Duncans in mine and it sounds amazing, even through my Spider III.
    Grimpond
    Copies arent automatically bad, the lawsuit era Ibanez pauls pwned the real Gibsons, this is a craptacular review tho
    threedaysgrace9
    If this is a 9.4/10, I pray that every single PRS is rated like 20/10. I've played some good knock-offs, but not amazing ones.
    bulletandchains
    the horn doesnt even look like a les paul! this is another cheap guitar!! to be honest , it looks shite!
    Linkerman
    Vauxite wrote: It's not called a Les Paul, they'd get mega sued for that. Tokai did. Put the proper model name/number on.
    Agreed.
    seemeel wrote: Then call it a Les Paul knock off. This is not a 9.4/10 guitar. A Gibson Les Paul Standard or a Custom Shop Strat/Tele is probably a 9.4/10 guitar. Also, you say you play mostly metal and that this guitar suits it perfectly - Les Pauls are world renowned for their exclusive use in metal... but then, this isn't a Les Paul, it's a knock off. You say you've been playing for 3 years, and this is best guitar you've played. You need to get down to a music shop and pick up pretty much any guitar there, and then you will have a new best guitar to talk about. Pick up a Gibson or ESP or Rickenbacker, and then call this knock off a 9.4/10 guitar...
    Also agreed. I know i will get flamed once again for saying this, but this is an awful review, inaccurate, and screams of inexperience. Another review UG should've rejected.
    seemeel
    Then call it a Les Paul knock off. This is not a 9.4/10 guitar. A Gibson Les Paul Standard or a Custom Shop Strat/Tele is probably a 9.4/10 guitar. Also, you say you play mostly metal and that this guitar suits it perfectly - Les Pauls are world renowned for their exclusive use in metal... but then, this isn't a Les Paul, it's a knock off. You say you've been playing for 3 years, and this is best guitar you've played. You need to get down to a music shop and pick up pretty much any guitar there, and then you will have a new best guitar to talk about. Pick up a Gibson or ESP or Rickenbacker, and then call this knock off a 9.4/10 guitar...
    HorrorPunk666
    vauxite , it is a les paul style body , and it has no model number or model name that i can find , it has a les paul body , so thats it.
    Vauxite
    It's not called a Les Paul, they'd get mega sued for that. Tokai did. Put the proper model name/number on.
    Keith2000
    I've played one of Rikter's Les Paul copies (not the model above)and it was actually pretty good, well set up, fast action, nice tone, good hardware, straight neck, stays in tune nicely and plenty of output from the pickups. Really not much to complain about. My regular guitar is a US standard Tele but I used to play Gibson's a lot - a 70's Standard SG was my main guitar for years. I'm not a big fan of Gibson's any more and, to be honest, plugging this thing in next to the old SG there really wasn't much to choose between them. My advice - get yourself a Tele but if you want a Les Paul style guitar with humbuckers this'll do the job until you can afford to pay the premium for a Gibson, but really Gibson need to up their game a bit if they want people to stop buying copies.