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The guitar is solidly built, is a real shredder and sounds super thick. The binding work on the guitar is actually PAINTED on rather than actual plastic binding found on higher end models. However, I find that the binding, despite painted, adds some swag to the guitar and makes it look more expensive. Unlike most would believe, the pickups on the guitar are actual Gibson USA Burstbuckers - they have nice fatness and balls in the sound. I found the guitar is a little neckheavy but with a trustworthy leather strap and moving the strabutton location to the back of the neckjoint, it is incredibly stable.
All in all, I'd highly recommend this guitar if you can find it for a decent price in used gear stores for it has now been discontinued.