Price paid: $ 500
Purchased from: Shruti Musicals Chennai
Features — 9
Ordinary Les Paul features with Zebra Wilkinson pickups. It comes with straplocks which adds on to its charm. It comes with beautful laminated finish with flame amber. One thing unique with its finish is that it gives a different ambience with different environment (for example; even though it is yellowish but sometimes it gives a brownish look while sometimes like orange. Unlike Epiphone Slash AFD guitar, it has a curved top. Rest all is same like other Les Paul guitars.
Sound — 10
I use Marshall MG10CF (hehe pretty small) and a Boss DS-2 distortion pedal. It gives a very rich and vibrant tone. The sound is very very very awesome. I have even tried my friend's Epiphone Les Paul Standard on the same setup and believe me, HE JUST REGRETTED FOR BUYING EPIPHONE. If you are looking for a guitar to play rock 'n' roll, blues or metal, this must be the guitar of your choice. When in distortion, you could feel the clear and bright sound of each and every single note. It has got a great harmonic response but it's a little less when compared to EMG active pickups. Most important, when it comes to Slash tone, it almost (90%) sounds like the tone Slash had in "Appetite for Destruction" album the reason being (maybe) that Slash himself used a different rig.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The action is VERY VERY VERY good. It almost touches the frets without any hint of a buzz. After using it, I realised how tremendously the action of the guitar affects your playing. The fingers run smoothly through the frets, even when you hit the strings too hard, you won't feel the strings vibrating too much unnecessarily. The neck is so thin that you will feel comfortable running your palm over it. The strings are taut so there needs to be added a slightly more strength to bend the strings (even if the lightest gauge strings are used).
Reliability & Durability — 10
It's only 6 months used by me so I don't even have a slightest idea about its reliability. It depends upon the care we do. The body is so heavy (like a proper Les Paul) which is more than double of my Stratocaster so you can have a idea how solid it is. YES IT WILL LAST A LONG.
Overall Impression — 9
It's a perfect match if you play rock 'n' roll or classic rock or blues. I have been playing since 5 years and the feel of hitting power chords on it was never experienced on other guitars. Yes I would definitely buy an another Vintage Paradise if it will be stolen. The only thing I hate about this guitar is that you need a great strength when you want to bend strings. Obviously it's not better than Gibson but in that price range it's a worthy option to buy this guitar.