This Epiphone Les Paul Standard is a great looking guitar in fine playing condition with fresh strings & a pro set-up. It is unmodified & has no issues. The frets show no wear. Action is low & fast with no buzzes, rattles or dead spots. Black guitars are always unforgiving - since black shows scratches & imperfections more than any other color we would hesitate to describe any black instrument as 'excellent'. That said this is a remarkably clean axe with some very light pick & nail marks on the top, some faint 501 marks on the back & a couple small watch band marks on the side. Weight is nice & manageable at 8 pounds on the nose.