I was looking for a Gibson Custom, but the '98 that I found had terrible
inlays and worse binding. This is a much nicer guitar.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $570.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Jelly's Guitars
Made in Korea. Mahogany Neck, Flamed Maple top, Laminated Mahogany
back. Multi-bound body and head, bound neck. 22 jumbo frets. Block
inlays. Passive H/H. Gold Hardware, Tobacco Sunburst. Single cut. Gold
Good action. Nice feel to the neck. Mine is a factory second (model over-
run), but it has no flaws. I give it an average because I haven't found a
guitar yet that I couldn't make feel good.
Check my Gibson Les Paul Studio review. This one has lower output
pickups but a brighter top so the tone is comparable. Very good.
If you get an Epi, change the three-way to a Gibson 3-way. The Epi switch
leaves something to be desired. Still for the difference in price a very
note-worthy guitar on par with any Gibson.
I wanted a gibson les paul but didn't want to pay the $ these things cost. I compared them to the epis and decided that I could make an epi sound, play, and look as good as the gibson. Some people may look down their noses at my epi, but they aren't willing to give an epi a try. Give these an honest chance before you spend your hard earned $ on a gibson
Model Year: 1999
Price: $659.00 (new)
Where Obtained: musicians friend
Foreign made, mahogany body/maple cap/mahogany and rosewood neck 2 volume 2 tone 500k pots twin 57 classic epi pickups, heritage cherry sunburst flame top(very pretty), 22 fret, gold hardware, mother of toilet seat block neck inlays, enclosed tuners(cheapos but work), plastic god awful nut, and 3ply binding on body and neck. I give it a 4 because of nut,tuners and electronics.
I like a medium low action, nut is about right height, but could stand to be replaced or at very least filed. neck feels good and chunky, although the finish on it tends to make my hand stick to it(tacky feel). I believe it has a 12" radius neck. I've been used to playing a 10" strat so it feels different,(not bad, just different).only flaws were the wiring(done by a 10 year old korean?)and a little bleed thru onto the binding at very top of headstock
After playing this for a couple of hours I tore it apart and slapped in a duncan jazz, and alnico2 pro. rewiring was also in order. I play direct through a zoom gfx-8 into either a board or headphones, and my band plays variety. the original pickup in bridge was too warm(muddy) which compares with the gibson lp I once owned. After playing it for about a week I ordered the alnico2 pros with gold covers and 2 push pull pots. Darn good investment, now im getting sounds i want, I adjusted the pole pieces on pickups to fenders american standard heights, and get a pretty cool sound split or humbucking. I also changed to strap locks. I will be replacing the nut with bone and maybe the bridge(depending on how much the nut helps it to stay in tune). the strings are getting pinched by it. Other than this I've got about $900.00 invested in a guitar that will compare favorably with a $2500.00 gibson.
I've been playing it out for a couple of months and i haven't had any problems yet. This time of year in illinois is murder on a guitars setup. High humidity and heat one day, low humidity and cold the next, It has not had to be adjusted like some other guitars i've owned