Les Paul Studio (Ebony)
Got this guitar from Sweetwater, Christmas 2015. Here I am in April 2016. So, it has been a little over a year. I love this guitar. The sound is incredible, considering the cost of the guitar. My "Black Betty" is a real thunder machine. I think I'm fortunate, because the action is ultra low. As good or better than any guitar out there costing 6 to 8 times more. The neck and fret board are a breeze to navigate, very comfortable. It was pretty good out of the box. However, I did leave it with my luthier for a set up, just in case. I think it's a good idea with any new axe. And the cost is minimal. Also had him replace the stock strings with a set of D'Adario EXP's (11's). I have had guitars on and off. The last one (Ibanez) about 15 years ago. So....I'm kinda re-learning. I love to rock. Rock/rhythm and blues is where it's at.. And this guitar does it well. I have to say, my VOX AC15 helps a lot. This Epi and VOX are a great combination. Got the VOX from Sweetwater as well. I strongly recommend that amp to anybody, it's awesome. Very soon the Epi gets a Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates at the bridge. Then...look out!
My only gripe with the Epi is the finish on the neck, where the frets end, at the high and low E strings. The finish is kinda poor and sloppy randomly, in places up and down the neck. Doesn't effect the sound or playability, and it's something you see only with a close up look. After about 6 months the stock cheapo pick up selector toggle switch stopped working right. I had it replaced with a high quality switch, NOT another stock Epi switch. No regrets with this axe. It sounds great. It's got sweet, it's got thunder...and she's an easy player. High gloss piano black finish...and it stays in tune. For the price, you may find something comparable. But I don't think you will find something better.