I'm not very familiar with the solid body Epiphones, but the hollow and semi-hollow body guitars they are putting out right now are simply fantastic. It's getting harder for cork sniffers to discount Epi...I should know, I used to be one of those a$$holes until I bought this baby. She plays as nice as my Gibson LP and '65 Melody Maker. Fit and finish is flawless. Resonates and has tone for days. Just a joy to play.