I've never been a huge fan of Epiphone but I'm very pleased with this guitar. It's a very solid build and has all the right woods and parts. The spruce top gives it warmth and the maple sides and back give it clarity. The Pau Ferro fretboard is beautiful and plays very smooth and fast. The pickups sound just like they should and the 18:1 Grover tuners are excellent. The sound I'm getting out of the guitar is exactly what I was looking for.