Weighty with a solidbody-like feel, the bridge and neck pickups are nicely balanced with an emphasis on tight mids and a sprightly top-end. The bridge pickup has plenty of bite and with gain possesses quite a heavy rock tonality. You can achieve Southern rock charms or modern rock romps with relative ease.
The neck pickup is thicker and soupier in true old-school Gibson fashion. Under varying gains, even with overdrive and heavy distortion pedals, the amount of resonant feedback is minimal and the Xtone sounds like a girthsome solidbody.
Pros: Playability; classic and original semi-hollow looks; all-round rock tones.
Cons: Lack of true ‘semi’ character.
Verdict: A simple, no-nonsense rock machine with semi-hollow looks and great playability.