Sound — 8
I play a large mix of music, from heavy metal to blues type stuff and it copes very well with it all, I play on 15 watt practice amp and it still manges to give off an amazing sound.
Overall Impression — 8
For the price it is an amazing guitar, very versatile and gives of a good sound. Even through a cheap amp it gives off a really good sound. If I lost it or it was stolen I wouldn't buy another one I'd upgrade to something like an Epiphone lp100 or Les Paul studio. It stays in tune very well and I've never had it go out of tune in the year that I've owned it, great guitar with a few minor issues but they aren't big enough to effect playing.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I played this guitar live a few times and it's up to the job as long as you can stand the weight which is hard to do. The hardware would easily last a live gig, I only once had a problem with the strap where it came off but that was because it was an old strap, the guitar hit the floor and no damage was done so it's a very reliable guitar. I wouldn't use this guitar live without a back-up mainly because of the weight issue.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The action on this guitar is very high which makes it tricky to play faster stuff and play bends, it can be frustrating so I suggest you either lower the action yourself or ask the people at the shop to do it. Everything else on the guitar is fine except the input jack comes loose very easily, usually have to screw it back in every hour or so but it can easily done by hand.
Features — 6
This guitar has 22 frets with a quite thick neck. It has a carved maple top, in tobacco sunburst. It has a standard Les Paul style bridge and tail piece, with 2 gold humbucker pick-ups. It is a very heavy guitar, it is also very thick, it hurts your back and shoulder if you play standing up and if you play sitting down it hurts your legs. Not a bad guitar but weight is an issue.