This guitar looks amazing and has a nice weight to it. That's all I can say that's positive.
This guitar has the muddiest, overly bassy pickups I've ever used. The control knobs seem not to do much beyond the volume pots for each pickup. The neck is extremely brick-like, having the input jack on the front of the guitar feels awkward, and the overall tone of this guitar is useless. I tried it on different settings I have. It's not smooth enough for blues, not crunchy enough for distortion. This is the first Epiphone I've ever even thought twice about.
I figured since it was 600 bucks new, It might be better than an entry level guitar. WRONG. I have a modified $200 Ibanez that trumps this in every way but looks. It doesn't even really have that distinct hollow-body sound. It's just a weak tone. The bridge pickup is almost tolerable although under-powered. The neck pickup is the abomination of this guitar. It has 3 settings. Off, turned up just enough to be heard while being slightly over bassy, and SUPER MUDDY BASS BAR.
I would consider this a wall guitar. It's a Ferrari with a Ford engine and dodge transmission inside.
Picked this guy up used for about 3-bones. Replaced the pups with burstbuckers and this thing sounds as good as anyother guitar I have! Only draw back is that I have to reset the neck every year or so.
I have upgraded almost everything on this guitar. I put in a black graphtech nut, SH-4 JB for the bridge and SH-2n Jazz Model for the neck, 500K Dimarzio pots, gibson speed knobs.
Stock, this guitar is pretty, but sounds like shit. So buy one used and upgrade for an insane value. This guitar sounds amazing now!
This guitar can really roar. Cleans up very nicely w/ the neck pickup - good deal of definition (especially for a semi-hollow) at the bridge. Exactly the tones you'd expect to hear from a semi. Had a ton of wiring and pickup issues, though.