ok i recently bought the epiphone 84 reissue explorer. Even though i get **** for it on the esp forum..they say its garbage and its firewood. I have been playing for almost 24 years and had so many guitars..this guitar is amazing playing wise and sound wise. It's solid and not cheap at all. i recently went to guitar center and picked up a lesp paul studio silverburst and was just like you guys..majorly dissapointed.
It felt hollow and cheap and was quite dissapointed and then i picked up the epiphone les paul custom with the silverburst and had such a weight difference. The epiphone felt more real. i didnt get a chance to plug them in but the gibson's action was so high that you could of used it as a crossbow.
and i agree with the gentlemen at the top..there isn't a guitar i have seen in a store that didn't need a setup or a fret dressing after i bought it..
I have a whole new respect for epiphone lately , they might be made oversees but i believe they are putting more care into them than the americans are