I've had a few mechanical problems with this guitar (see below), but I still love the guitar. I would definitely consider purchasing the same model again if I had it to do over.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $550.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Gorilla Guitars, Hillsboro, OR
It has a solid spruce top with mahogany back and sides. Everything is pretty standard - one pickup in the saddle, non-locking tuners, etc. It does have some nice pearl inlays marking the 125th anniversary of epiphone.
Playability is great. The neck is real smooth. Its a joy to play.
This is where the epi shines. This particular model has a sound comparable to much more expensive Taylor's. Its really bright and it has good projection.
This is where my epi has fallen short. I've had to take it to an epi repair man several times. For instance, the saddle fits into a plastic housing and that housing has broken on me twice already.