First off, thanks to my sales rep Bob Mondok for keeping me updated on this guitar's availability as it is understandably in high demand. His gear advice and quick response is always appreciated.
I got an Epiphone Les Paul Custom ages ago, and while I love that axe, getting a Gibson was always in the cards for me.
I've been playing, writing and recording my own tunes since 1994...mainly hard rock and metal.
To give a bit of perspective, in addition to the this Les Paul and the Epiphone LP Custom, I own an arsenal of other guitars including Gibson ES-335s, various Fender and Squier Telecasters, as well as Jackson, Dean and Washburn models.
Headstock: No noticable tuning issues so far. I love these vintage style tuners.
Neck: The slim taper neck was a key deciding point in my purchase of this beautiful guitar. The neck plays easy and smooth. The fretboard looks great, but I may rub on a bit of lemon oil when I change the strings
Pickups: I have only played them through my Orange TH30 so far, and they sound great. Looking forward to hearing all of the tonal possibilities. In the past, swapping out stock pickups was always one of the first things I would do, but I think I will keep these 490s.
Bridge: Seems to be setup great right out of the box, but I may fine tune it a bit.
Volume/Tone Knobs: Great match to this guitar
Body/Finish: The weight relief is nice, and it's well balanced. Not too light, but still enough heft to remind you it's a Les Paul.
I liked the idea of a satin finish. I wanted a guitar that would wear well and that I didn't have to worry about polishing. I like my pretty, glossy guitars, but I am becoming more and more a fan of function over flash. I personally can't discern a glossy or satin finish by listening to a recording, so I thought, why not go with a workhorse guitar that was straight up built for playing? Nevertheless, the gold finish is beautiful and will wear nicely. The mahogany body is without filler, resulting in a "no frills", raw and beautiful color.
Gig Bag: Honestly the nicest gig bag I have ever seen. Exterior is sturdy and durable. Interior is very soft and although I was concerned about damage during shipping, the gig bag surely enabled safe and secure transport.
Overall: Don't let lack of glitter and glam fool you. This guitar is a player's guitar and is worth every penny....and more!