Purchased from: First Note Music
Sound — 8
It suits my style pretty well, I play classic rock. I use a piece of fifteen watt Crate flexwave which has awful overdrive, it screams, literally. I also use a Marshall Mini Amp (the Mini half stack thet you can clip onto your belt) which has a nice tone for classic rock, except when the batteries need to be changed. The guitar isn't noisy, except when I flip the pickup selector, or un plug it, but I use low quality cable, due to someone dropping a guitar (not mine) and bending the plug. I may not be a good judge or tone, but I would say that it has a bright sound, If that's how you'd describe a SG, but this guitar is a bit darker in the tone department. It has a okay range of sound, I can play metal (Metallica and Judas Priest), hard rock (AC/DC and Deep Purple) and new rock (Three Days Grace) with no problem.
Overall Impression — 8
T play classic rock, new rock, and classic metal This guitar is a great match tonally, and visually... Well, except for the classical metal. I have been playing for almost a year now, I own a Takimine G-Series acoustic-electric, a Crate flexwave fifteen watt, and a Marshall mini amp. If It was stolen (I would not loose it) I would save up money for another one and swear every time I try to play a rock song on the acoustic. Or I would try my hand at building my own Les Paul style to my own standards and needs, rather than spending a lot of money to do it. I love the shape and the sound of it, I hate the smallness of the higher fret spaces (my fat fingers) and my favorite feature, is the individual tone controls. I compared It to some Epiphone Les Pauls and SGs, this blew those pathetic pieces of basswood or alder, or whatever they are out of the water, when it came to sound, and size, this guitar was bigger than the LP-100 I tried and the G-400. There are only a few things that I wish that it had, a Les Trem or Bigsby B5, a Slip-Stone nut, and a coil tapping feature.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I believe that this guitar will withstand a heck of a lot of Live playing, I've hit this guitar on another guitars or stands, and there are no marks. Well, except for scratches on the back caused by my belt buckle (yet I wear a dress belt, not a belt with some hubcap sized buckle.) The strap buttons are solid, too. And I could depend on this guitar for sure, I've put it through a lot of abuse and It hasn't failed me yet. I would go gigging without another guitar with this one, even though I't the "better safe than sorry" person. This guitar I think would withstand many years to come looking like new, the finish is very durable, my abuse of the guitar has proven that.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
It was set up well, by the factory or the shop I do not know. It had a relatively low action, but no buzz. The top was also well bookmatched, almost mirror image, but it's spalted, so there is some difference though. Not many flaws, just a sharp point on one corner of the nut and a minor finish blemish on the headstock (it's really minor, it took me five months to notice).
Features — 9
It was made in Korea, but I do not know the year. She's gota 22 jumbo fret, fretboard. It's a bit hard to play on the highest frets, due to my fat fingers. I think that it's Gibson scale, but I haven't checked. It's a solid body made of mahogany, with a spalted maple laminate top, and cream binding and pickup rings. The mahogany (the body and neck) has a transparent red finish, the laminate top, has no stain, but only the clear coat of what is probally a laquer, maybe nitrocellulose. It's a Les Paul type guitar with only a major visual differences, besides finish. Those differenses are the headstock shape, size (I think it's bigger than a regular LP, but I haven't brought a ruler with me to the local GC) and a curve where the top half of the body meets the 18th fret. It has a Tune-O-Matic bridge and a stop tailpiece, which I'm thinking of replacing with a Les-Trem, because I do not want to marr the beautiful top with a Bigsby's mounting screws (B5) or take up too much real estate (B7.) Passive electronics, two tone and two tone bell knobs, and two Duncan-Designed humbuckers with chrome covers. It came equiped with non-locking Grover tuners that hold tune remarkably well.