Not What I Expected
After reading each and every one of the 21 glittering reviews and watching video after video review about this guitar a I went ahead and gave it a chance. Being a big fan of B.B. King I was really disappointed with the build quality of the instrument. I am not sure if the problem was just because of a defective batch of instruments sent from Epiphone, but to cut my review short, I had to order a replacement and shortly after receiving it, return it as well. (The first one had a buzz sound on the 19th fret, 1st and 2nd strings and the knob was worn. The second one look used as the guard and bottom pickup had no guard and were already scratched.)
Besides the flaws in the instrument, if you decide to buy it and it turns out ok, you will be surprised at what you can do with it. It goes from soft-jazzy to aggressive overdrive with little to no effort. The pickups along the 6-position varitone knob widen the spectrum immensely for any musician looking to play different genres with the same guitar. IF you are one to play high on the frets (19+) you might not want to choose this style of cut since it limits the space for your hand to really get in there.
Having said that, the only upside to this incident was the EXCEPTIONAL customer service from sweetwater. From day one they tried to resolve all my issues and once there was nothing else to do, they offered me a refund for the instrument. This level of quality service toward us, the customers, is perhaps the only reason why, whenever I think about buying an instrument, I think about sweetwater first.
Now that the process for reimbursement is being processed I am thinking about getting another model. No Epi anymore, perhaps a Godin XTsa in case anybody has experienced the same issue as me and looks for a dynamic range of options in a guitar.