"Who needs a Gibson?"
The Alnico Humbuckers on this guitar are a joy to play, providing that you take the time to adjust the height on them according to your playing style and what kind of music you play. They are very bright and have a tendency to hum, so I suggest that you use a Noise gate or some type of Guitar Processor such as a Digitech RP series or a Zoom with this guitar. These pups can produce some serious sustain and are quite loud to say the least!
This is pretty much a stripped down Les Paul without stuff we're used to, such as Binding, Block Inlays, etc. It has the Les Paul weight and the standard Les Paul features such as 2 Alnico open coil Humbuckers, 22 frets, Mahoghany body & neck, rosewood fretboard, Grover Tuners, and Tune-o-Matic Bridge. I don't care much for the Dot inlays on the neck but that's just a small annoyance considering the price.
Ease of Use:
I've been a Fender guy for the longest time and it didn't take me long at all to get used to the shorter scale and slightly thicker neck on this guitar. This is slowly starting to become one of my favorite guitars to play and she ain't going nowhere. It's a keeper!
This is a very well made instrument except for the quality of the setup. The intonation, along with the string and pickup height, needed to be adjusted and once I took care of these issues, I was blown away at how well this guitar stays in tune and at how great these pups sound when adjusted properly. I always stress that every player should learn how to do their own setups because new guitars IMO, aren't always setup properly when they're made at the factory.
I called to complain about the setup with this and they told me that they would look into it and they would send me a free catalouge along with some extra swag. Just how cool is that?
Definately worth what I paid for it.
The Wow Factor:
Mine is a Alpine White which is a Custom Shop Limited Edition model, so I got lucky.
This is a great guitar for those of us who can't afford the outrageous prices for a US made Gibson. This is a keeper and isn't going anywhere. I can't put it down and I do enjoy playing it.