Purchased from: Billy Hyde Music
Sound — 10
Well when I bought this guitar instore I plugged it into a Marshall Valvestate amp, and it played like a gem. At home, however, I only have a small practice 10 watt amplifier and still, it plays extremely well. The great thing compared to other guitars which I have tried is how there is no fret buzz or fuzzing sounds while its plugged into the amp. On the Treble setting, the sound is very sharp, and edgy- good for the solos. On the rhythm setting, the tone is very warm, yet clear, and unlike most dual humbucker guitars, it isn't muddy in sound. When put in the intermediate setting (both), the sound is clean, crisp and clear. I am very pleased with the sounds which the Stagg Les Paul produces.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall, the Stagg Les Paul 350 is an awesome guitar. I bought it as my second guitar, and it is one helluva guitar. It's got the looks, the sounds, and the low price, that's all you could ask for in a guitar. In comparison to the Epiphones (I hate Epiphones), the Stagg kicks ass, you are paying 3 times less the price for the same, if not better quality. Stagg on the whole is an excellent guitar company, and I don't know why people overlook it when they go to buy a guitar. One thing which I would wish the Stagg Les Paul had was the "single cutaway" being more "curved" and longer, so it'd look closer to a Gibson Les Paul. In conclusion, the Stagg Les Paul 350 is a top notch guitar, I recommend for either the beginner or intermediate guitarist, or somebody who is looking for the Vintage look and sound, or an "old schooler," a great guitar at a rock solid price, a guitar which is quality without selling your car to buy it. It can easily match with Gibson Les Paul Standards and the Tokais.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Well I'm not really ready for the live playing, but I'd imagine that the Stagg Les Paul would be exceptionally fine. The scratch plate is a bit sketchy but it can be replaced. The strap buttons are fine, but I'd prefer it if they were placed in better positions so that the strap doesn't look like its always about to fall off.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The action is probably the one "downside" to the guitar. For me, personally, I think it is a little bit too high, but that was easily fixed by the adjusting of the string tension. So not a huge problem there. The finish is absolutely stunning, the L350 comes in two colours either Blue Burst, or Cherry Sunburst (I bought this one). It is a beautifully finished guitar, the "Tiger Stripes" (flamed top) looks stunning, and like all cherrysunburst guitars, it looks awesome. The pickups are in good positions. THe inlays are quirky and different to the trapezoids on Gibsons, it is more of a slanty parallelogram. But on the whole, spectacular finish.
Features — 10
The Stagg L350 was made in China. It is a Les Paul style guitar, and unlike the Gibson Les Pauls, it has a slight less "sharpness" to the single cutaway. Tiger stripe rock "L" electric guitar. - 2 humbucker w/cover pickups - 2 volume, 2 tone controls - 3-way toggle Switch - Tiger stripe arch top w/ binding - Solid alder wood body - Hard maple/628 mm/24" 3/4 neck, glued - Rosewood fingerboard with 22 frets and pearloid inlays - Tune-O-Matic bridge - Cluson-style machine heads.