Really Good Guitar
Just received the guitar last week and I was not disappointed. This is a very good guitar and I will try to give you a full review.
Sweetwater Service: Absolutely great. This is about the only place I buy musical equipment now. Sweetwater (and especially my sales rep Bob) treat me great, I couldn't be happier.
Quality for Price: Very Good. For an Epiphone Les Paul, the quality is very good and the price is right. Intonation is exact and the setup from Sweetwater was very close. I did have to adjust the bridge slightly as the 5th and 6th strings had too much rattle.
Finish: Flawless. Enough said.
Sound/Tone: This is about the only place that doesn't get an outstanding rating, but a good rating nonetheless. Since the guitar is outfitted with EMG active pickups, the sounds is a bit thin. I knew this would be the case going in so I am not disappointed. In fact, on the heavier distortion settings (Metal) it is a bit easier to pick out individual notes, so to some, this may be an advantage.
Weight: It's Heavy. I own a 1982 Gibson Les Paul Custom and I was sure that would be the heaviest guitar I ever owned. But this one is right there... may be even a bit heavier. That should add to tone quality and sustain anyway. The weight is no big deal if you are banging around the house or the studio, but, when you have 3 to 4 one-hour long sets, you'll know that this beast has been hanging on your neck.
All-in-all, I really love the guitar and look forward to playing it for many years to come.