This is an excellent guitar. I've many played Gibson, and Epiphone guitars. There is no difference in the sound to me. But there is a differece in the price. Epiphone... the right guitar for the not so rich. Unless you find a deal thats almost a steal on a Gibson.
Price: $619.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
This guitar is the love of my life.
Has took a bashing and has kept on thrashing
I had my choices narrowed down to this and an American Strat. This guitar just "felt" better. I also preferred the sound.
I would indeed buy this again if I had to. It's a very solid piece of work and plays wonderfully. Take into account this is my first electric, but I think it plays and sounds great.
The thing that I think might bother people the most is how heavy this sucker is. It is a tank, but it sustains forever and I like the heft of it.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $700.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Huber & Breese Music
This is my first electric and I was looking for a solid, easy to play instrument. I paid a bit more for this than most would on their first, but I'm serious about this whole business of learning to play.
Black finish, white bindings all around.
Ebony fretboard, mother of pearl inlays
3 pickups, 3 position pickup switch
Came with that distinctively cool Gibson case included in the price.
This is a very smooth guitar and it is newbie friendly. The action can be dialed in and can get quite low without unnecessary buzzing. Very fast fretboard.
Sounds like a dream. I'm using a Fender bassman at home (bass is my main instrument) and the sound is warm as toast, of course, but it's smooth too. I'm using a digitech RP-1 (on loan until I can get my own fx pedals) and with some tweaking, I can make it sound like anything I want.
I would have to say this would be an excellent live performer. I'm hard on it, and it holds tune very well and I haven't had to have any adjustments made after initial setup. I put a set of Schaller locks on it right away and they're holding up well.
It's a black guitar, so it's hard to really keep clean, and the gold finish is a bit of a pain to keep gleaming, but a little work and this baby just shines. I'm very proud of her.
An Excellent guitar.
If anyone else has one please e-mail; firstname.lastname@example.org
Model Year: 2000
Where Obtained: Proffesional Music Technolgies
Very smooth but a bit like a fender
Ok but the gold plating always looks dirty and it is hard to clean