Back in 2014 I finally saved up some money for decent and real-thing electric guitar. I went to local guitar centre, tried lots of guitars and ended up with this Epiphone. As far as my skills and sense of music goes I really cannot see any, really any differences between low-priced original Gibson LPs and this Epi model.
Sounds beatiful, stays in tune, well built in every detail and is not that expensive. Great guitar, I'll never let it go.
I have a December 2012 model briefly and the neck is like a baseball bat. It is a step down from the Pro models. It is a solid beginner or intermediate guitar. But be sure to be wary of the variance in neck sizes between models. Still a very decent guitar for the money for sure.