Epiphone Vs. Les Paul Price Disparity

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  1. Stonetone

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    I have like six epiphones, and three gibsons and for sure the epiphones get way more playtime from me for sure.
     
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    Anything can be justified, given enough time and disposable income. :)
     
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    Agreed, But My Poverty can't Justify such Disparity :)
     
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    I wouldn't pay that kind of money for either of them.
     
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    I've only owned a handful of Gibson and Epiphones over the years. I would say go to your local music store and play every Epiphone you can until you find the one that resonates (no pun intended) with you, feels right, and sounds great to your ear. There are GREAT Epiphones to be had, but you have to look for them. I would say there is not a $3000 difference in quality.
     
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    I own one Epi, for an Epi it was expensive. I own one Gibson and for a Gibson it was cheap-ish. They are both great instruments but if the dual P90 SG had been available as an Epi when I bought mine, I'd probably have gotten that one instead.

    IMO there is a difference between them but it's more like $200 worth of difference than $2000.
     
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    Made in China vs. Made in USA. That matters to some, not to others.

    EDITED TO ADD: Being in the USA I do try to support USA when possible. If the LP was my preferred type of guitar then I might consider looking at an upper-priced USA model; since LPs aren't my preferred type of guitar I would have a very hard time justifying any USA model above the Tributes (the cheapest models) over an Epi.
     
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    Yes, support of a domestic market can definitely be a factor.
     
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    And debts to pay off... :p
     
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    Law of diminishing returns for some, but people clearly pay that for those Gibsons so they sell for that.
     
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    True, I guess if you have the cash to spare, you play professionally or do a lot of gigs maybe it’s worth the difference, but for my needs and use the Epiphone seems like an awesome guitar for its price, for someone who would like to have a. Decent les Paul it seems like a winner for me :thumb:
     
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    Yes and there is a very tangible difference between them. Whether that difference is worth the additional cost or not is a personal choice. They both make very playable instruments and IME, Gibson's lower end models are great value for money, even more so for those that factor in country of manufacture.
     
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    The difference IME is mostly cosmetical. The fretwork on my Gibson is stellar, absolutley perfect but you can have that on an Epi too and it still won't cost you more than a fraction of the Gibby. From the looks of things, Epiphone really upped the game with this year's new models.
     
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    I read the specs from both, flicking between them. By the time I was finished I couldn't remember which one was which and had to scroll back up to remind myself.

    There's a hair's breadth difference between these two guitars.

    I get that one's USA made and all that. Totally understand.

    But, I've played both Gibsons and Epiphones, and I know from experience that you won't notice a 3k difference. In fact, you'll barely notice a difference at all.

    There is no point shelling out on a gibbo when you can get the same guitar for a fraction of the price, unless you have cash to burn and want to support American manufacturers. Your choice, but mine would be the Epi.
     
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    I personally have the Joe Bonnamasa "Norm Burst" on pre-order.
     
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    Ok I have a '99 Gibson LPDC that I consider the "holy grail" of my guitars and do play it frequently but as for as daily players one of my Epi SG's, my MIK strat or a Jay Turser JT55 (cough cough) loaded with old paf Bartolini's are the ones. Granted both my Epis have had the bridge humbuckers replaced but holy cow they just feel so good and cover any southern fried/r&b/classic rock genre I feel like playing; plus if either Epi got nicked I wouldn't have another coronary. If I was going to buy an LP today it would be this: https://www.zzounds.com/item--EPIENTP?siid=111015
     
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    Which one is that?

    I have the Joe Bonamassa Firebird I. Great guitar!
     
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    Announced back in November. It's a copy of his 1960 burst he got from Norman's Rare Guitars. It looks a little "clowny" for some, but I think it's cool and it sounds badass. I'll be upgrading the pickups and hardware like I do all of my Epiphones.
     
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