I don't really know how to start this review. The guitar itself was everything I had hoped for (when the Firebird X came out I was very tempted, but in the end I was put off by it's very un-gibson like appearance, so when the LPX came onto the scene in it's more traditional form I had to have it !). I did have a go with the FIrebird X and to be honest, I thought that it was a bit of a plank. The LPX is nothing like - it's a really nice looking guitar which feels and plays like a Gibson should. The sound possibilities are endless, but it takes a bit of practice and experimentation to tweak the on-board effects on the guitar to get great tones. So basically the hardware that comes with the LPX is fantastic . Unfortunately there is a downer here, and that is the software download that is so important to the LPX package - which was originally designed for the Firebird X. Whilst there is no doubt that it is a fantastic tool for the LPX, it is not compatible with Windows 8. Now given that just about every new PC comes with Windows 8 and Windows 7 is a thing of the past, we have a problem Houston ! Until I pointed this out to Gibson they apparently had no idea of this issue. I have to say that the product specialist at Gibson is currently working on the problem and I am confident that updated software will be available in due course. However, I am seriously frustrated that since December last I have not been able to use the LPX to it's full potential. But that said, I love this guitar and despite my own personal setback with the software as a Windows 8 user, I rate the this guitar 5 star.