This is an excellent instrument. It is absolutely very good value for the money and I can only recommend it to anyone, beginner or more advanced player.
It came absolutely defect/ problem free, the only minor flaw being the “historic” Epiphone logo – which is not carved in the pickguard but rather a thick sticker – partially detached from the pickguard. This could be easily fixed with a dab of glue.
The vintage finish, glossy, is perfect and stunning. The binding on both body and neck is very nice.
This instrument is very light due to the full hollow body, the weight being balanced towards the neck – which can be surprising at first.
The sound is very rich, round, yet it lends to distortion, and gives out a raucous hard rock tone. The neck pick up, clean, is perfect for blues. The single coil pick ups are surprisingly quiet (I use a MXR Badass effect).
Perhaps due to the trapeze tailpiece, small adjustments of tuning are needed day by day.
I changed the strings to coated 9-42 as a matter of personal preference.
I am ending up using this guitar every day (together with the other Epi I have, an LP Standard Plus Pro), although I have several other guitars, some of which much more expensive made-in-USA pieces.