Price paid: £ 99
Purchased from: JG Windows, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Sound — 10
I usually play a mixture of rock/metal. From AC/DC and Thin Lizzy to Judas Priest and Black Sabbath, this guitar can do it all. I run the guitar through a Marshall JCM2000 full stack, and I don't think I've ever had the range of this guitar. Gibson Les Pauls can be quite limited of the tones, but this can do most of what I ask it to. The bad problem in this guitar would be the cleaner tones - I wouldn't recommend it to play soft, clean stuff as the tone can't really handle it. As long as the volume is turned up half way on the guitar pickups, the tone begins to get dirty. If you keep it below half way, you'll need a hell of an amp to fill a gig, as it can be incredibly quiet. You get the bright tones of a Gibson, at simply a fraction of the price. Honestly, I don't think I'd purchase a Gibson again now I know the quality of these instruments and how similar the two are. I paid 99 for this, but the sounds are abselutely no different - if not better - than a 1000 Gibson Les Paul Standard.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall, this guitar gives the quality of any Gibson at just a fraction of the price. If you can get this guitar, I'd recommend you do as it is far the best guitar I've owned in twenty years of playing and gigging :) Forget your Gibsons, Epiphones and Tokai's, this is definatelly the Les Paul to own!
Reliability & Durability — 8
I've already played a gig with this guitar (without a backup) and it performed magnificently. It was so solid I think it'll become my Standard gigging guitar (instead of my 1961 Gibson SG reissue!) as I was so pleased with the outcome. Everything is brilliant with it, and I couldn't have asked for anymore when playing live. The only fault with the finish is that it leaves a slightly visible mark after sweating on it, and you need to give it a gentle wipe with guitar polish to remove it. Other than that, the finish is solid!
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The sales assistant in the guitar shop was setting this guitar up on demo when it slipped from his grip and bounced onto the wood floor from a height of around 5-10ft. A chip around an inch long came from the binding, and I immediately made him an offer of 99. Obviously, they couldn't sell this guitar for full price and he accepted. Everything was fine when I got it, perhaps because the shop owners had set it up before. The only things I've done to it is restrung it to my own preference and changed the control knobs, as they looked a little flimsy. I bet they'd have done the job had I not changed them, though. Everything else is fine - easily up to the Standard of Gibson.
Features — 8
-Made in China -22 Frets, Pearloid Inlays -Great Les Paul style body -2 Stagg Humbucker Pickups -3 Way Pickup Selector Switch -4 Control Knobs; 2 Volume, 2 Tone -Tune-o-Matic Bridge with Stop Bar Tailpiece -Non Locking Tuners They threw in a free hardcase, strap and set of strings for me :)