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I have the ebony one and it's a looker! It's a heavy guitar but it's a kind of weight you don't mind picking up cause everything falls into place. Might consider changing its pickups but nonetheless a great guitar.
Had this sturdy son of a bitch since 1998. I have tried breaking it on stage once to now avail, the strap button got ripped out once sending it flying into a crowd of people only to have a crack in the laquer under the tone pot. I honestly believe that with Epiphone you truly get your moneys worth. Its still the nicest guitar I own to play. Apart from a loose wire it has never let me down and it has been present at every gig I have played. I have no problem with the craftsmanship of most Epiphones (I did play a Casino once that was god awful), they will never have the attention to detail a Gibson will have but they are still very nice guitars in their own right. The only thing that lets them down time and time again are the electronics. The pickups are usually pretty crappy and the pots are fairly unresponsive. But sink $300 into it and you will have a guitar that individual to you and sounds great but still at a fraction of the cost of its Gibson counter-part.
the stock pickups on this thing are face-meltingly hot even at the lowest possible height, the body weight holds the neck up to a comfortable position and it is all round, a sturdy, beautiful, functional piece of equipment.
I absolutely love using this guitar when ever I play really rocking tunes. It has a great sound and feels very nice. Maybe a bit heavy, but I don't mind too much. Also, play some electric blues on this guitar. You will love it.