I think I paid about three for this one used. It was in almost mint shape, there was some tarnishing on the p-up covers but no major scratches/ dings. If you blindfolded me and handed me this Chinese Epi and a Gibson LP, it would be near impossible to tell them apart. The pickups could be hotter I suppose, but man its built well. Good to great tone, stays in tune well also. The only negative thing I have to say about it is that there are a few semi-noticeable drops in the binding in a couple spots.
If I had to use only one low- mid end guitar, it would be an Epiphone, Ibanez, or a G&L.