Price paid: € 749
Purchased from: Retailer
Sound — 9
My style is mostly heavy metal (and occasionally death-metal), it fits that style nicely. I use the guitar with a Bugera V55 tube amp at home and with a big 100w Line 6 tube amp when I'm playing with my band. The pickups are a bit low on treble, though a little preamp booster pedal fixes that quite nicely. The most amazing part though, is its clean sound. When you switch to single-coil it provides a better acoustic sound than my Ovation Elite semi-acoustic guitar. The only downpart is that the volumepot is a bit noisy when you turn it back a bit. I will replace it with a different pot later, it will be an easy fix.
Overall Impression — 10
I own quite a lot of high-quality guitars, though this one is absolutely better than the rest. I picked this one over the Custom because of the bolt-in neck. As proven in research labs, a guitar with a bolt-in neck will have better sustain than a guitar with a set-in neck. Also, the HB108 humbuckers on this guitar have a bit more sound in the low/mids than the invaders have, the output is slightly lower as well which is a huge plus to me. If this guitar ever gets stolen I would even sell my customshop Gibson Les Paul if needed to buy another one.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar will absolutely withstand many gigs. Everything on this guitar seems like it will last for decades. Not bringing a backup guitar is a huge mistake, no matter how well a guitar is made. Still, the only worries I'd have are breaking strings. A special note on the neck, the bolt-in neck does not move AT ALL. It is a perfect fit. I honestly do not understand why they put a bolt-in neck on the standard and a set-in neck on the custom. In fact, it should be the other way around! It's a lot harder to properly make a guitar with a bolt-in neck. Also, the sustain is slightly better with a bolt-in neck.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The action was nice and low, just the way I like it. I normally devote a lot of time to adjust the pickups of my new guitars, this is the first guitar where I didn't feel like changing a thing! The floyd rose was properly setup, though I changed the strings right away. I also added the extra spring that came with the guitar because I don't like it when other strings go out of tune when you start bending. There was a tiny dent near the nut, other than that the guitar was flawless. The overall impression on the finish was even better than what you can expect from customshop Gibsons.
Features — 10
Made in South Korea, the guitar has 24 jumbo frets, which make playing extremely easy. It's a solid mahogany guitar, it's quite heavy, though when compared to my Les Paul it's as light as a feather. The Seymour Duncan humbuckers are great! You get an active feel from passive elements! It features a push-pull coil-splitting tone knob. Also, the Floyd Rose locking system prevents the guitar from going out of tune, ever. You can literally pick up the guitar by the strings, move your arm up and down like a flapping duck and it still stays in tune!