Whose happy with their Epiphone Les Paul?

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  1. mazzolar59

    mazzolar59 Strat-Talk Member

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    I've never played an epiphone les paul that I wanted to take home. I owned one for a year, (it was a gift) and sold it to a student for $100. I have played a few Epiphone semi hollow guitars that I thought were pretty good. I try to stay away from anything made in China. Not to say they aren't well made but, I don't like sending my hard earned money to China.
     
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  2. bblooz

    bblooz Senior Stratmaster

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    Sorry, but I have had many Les Pauls over the years, and keep hoping to find an Epi that measures up, but constant disappointment. A lot of people justify the initial low purchase price as their motivation to purchase. They often say "well, it's just the same as a real Les Paul, and I'll upgrade the pickups, tuners, etc. later". To quote something I read years ago on the mylespaul.com form, "Epiphones are the gold diggers of the Les Paul world - they look nice, but in the end, they end up taking all your money" After you upgrade all the hardware/electroinics to US standards, you still have an imported slab of mystery wood with polyurethane finish, that is worth about half (if you're lucky) of the time and money invested. I believe the PRS Korean-made SE series guitars are a better buy, IMHO.
     
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  3. Wayfinder

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    What's not to be happy with a Les Paul? That design of guitar has been around forever. It's a basic player, relatively modifiable, adaptable, and plays like other electric guitars.

    A friend of mine once stated that the basics of the standard electric guitar haven't changed much in decades. I believe there's a reason for that: what we have works. Whether it's Les Paul, Fender, Gibson, Gretch, PRS, Epiphone, Ibanez... they all play and they all sound good. Individual musicians will of course like one brand better than another, but in general can pick up about any guitar and go to town. It's the old "Telecaster vs Stratocaster" question. Which is "better" depends 100% on the opinion of the person playing it.

    Les Paul guitars are fine for the most part. So is every other brand... for the most part. :)

    When you're talking about Epiphone, consider a Fender Bullet vs Squier vs Affinity vs American Strat vs... etc etc. Generally Epiphone is the low-priced guitar on the pole. If you get a good one you get a good one. But there are "bad" full-bore Strats. Same applies to other brands. My rule of thumb: always play the guitar first, or have a good return policy.
     
  4. Flat-twin

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    I have a 98 Epiphone LP Standard that I bought used in 2004. I plays great and I loved the original humbuckers but they started to make some noise (shielding/ground issue) and I also wanted to have something a bit different so I swapped them for a pair of Slash signature Seymour Duncan and it's still great with a little something that make it different because of these signature pickups. Otherwise the pots are fine, I never changed them.
    The tuners were changed by the previous owner and i changed a few weeks ago the pots knobs plus added the index thingy but that's it.
    Concerning the neck I couldn't tell. I like it but with time and other guitars and experience I feel like it's probably the thickest of the collection but I'm used to it and I'm not a very regular player so I don't play for hours, day after day so it doesn't bother me.

    The main default I could find was a ground issue when I bought it (easily solved because of a faulty solder) and a miss-alignment of the bridge pickup (like really bad, I finally to move it last year : about 4 mm !!).

    When I bought it :
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    And now :
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    See what I mean with the pickup :
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    It starts to be an old guitar (more than 20 years) but I love it. However I'm not that impartial because that's the guitar I always wanted to have at that time.
     
  5. skyblue

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    Well, I'm extremely pleased with the $350 I paid for my Epiphone Les Paul Standard from Musicians Friend back in 2005. Gorgeous Trans-Amber birdseye maple top modded with SD 59 neck and JB bridge pick-ups that can now hold its own against my 2000 Gibson SG Standard.

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  6. Uncle Fiesta

    Uncle Fiesta Senior Stratmaster

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    Will you guys please stop posting photos of Les Pauls with birds eye maple tops, or I shall end up wanting one.
     
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    i liked mine after I bought an EQ pedal. I liked it more when I traded it for a Tele with two humbuckers.
     
  8. SteveG_in_MD

    SteveG_in_MD Strat-Talk Member

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    I really like my Epiphone Les Paul Classic. I think it’s a 2015, but I’m not sure. I bought it used and got a heck of a deal.[​IMG]


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  9. soulman969

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    Me. I have a '56 Gold Top Tribute w/P90s that's about as good as a Gibby version of the same guitar a good buddy of mine owns. The major difference is in the pickups. His are bit grittier while mine are a bit sweeter which I actually prefer. I have a Casino and an ES339 P90 Pro I like as well. Great value.
     
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  11. pazman6

    pazman6 Senior Stratmaster

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    I have had 4 Epiphone Les Pauls and they ranged from garbage to pretty nice. I bought them all used through Craigslist or at pawn shops for about half price of a new one - sometimes even less. I have since sold them all off for a profit and purchased 2 early 90's Gibson Les Paul Standards off craigslist. I find the Gibsons far superior in feel, quality, sound and price.

    • Epi Les Paul Special (bolt on neck) - pretty much garbage.
    • Epi Les Paul Studio - Cherry Sunburst - average looking buy played great and was super solid/heavy, average sound at best.


    I bought the above 2 and a like new (still had plastic and stickers on it) MIM Strat for $500.
    • Epi Les Paul Standard Plus Top - amber burst - beautiful guitar, played really well and sounded decent. Bought it from a guy in the pawn shop parking lot when they offered him $150 - I gave him $200. Brand new with a hard shell case.
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    • Epi Les Paul Custom - Cherry Sunburst with Gold Hardware - really nice looking, played really nice, didn't sound that great though and it was too light for my taste. I think it was ~$160.
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    You can usually pick up a Epi Les Paul at numerous pawn shops for cheap and frequently on craigslist.
     
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  12. The Strat Dude

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    I dig mine, it's an 07 that I got a year ago. I did swap out pretty much everything with parts I already had, @Bodean pickups, Bigs, roller bridge and Schaller tuners. It is now a killer hot rodded and very versatile guitar.

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  14. ToneRanger

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    The pickups being muddy is true regarding the older models, but apparently the ones being produced now are better sounding.
    I owned a Epi Dot Deluxe for years - bought it new in 2007 and thought the pickups sounded muddy - swapped for a set of DiMarzio EJ Customs and it was a definite improvement.
    Traded it in just this past January along with an amp for a new Epi ES-335 Pro and the stock pickups in the new guitar were MUCH better - don't feel any need to upgrade.
     
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  15. BluesForDan

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    very nice. I've been gazing at the ebony version with much lust. If I hadn't bought 3 guitars already this year (holy **** snacks) I'd be getting one. I'm going to wait for the next holiday sale, probably 4th of July or Labor Day and see what I can get. I got to say, the 2020 Epiphone line is looking pretty dang nice.
     
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  16. vintageguitarz

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    Only people with not enough money to buy a real Les Paul.

    Buying a Chinese Epiphony is like buying a Fiat 500, the depreciation value is the same curve as you make jumping off a cliff. Chibson's = crap.
     
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  17. Andrew Wasson

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    That's not necessarily based in reality. Maybe your reality but not reality, reality.

    I know guys who have "real" Gibson Les Paul's and SG's and yet their Epiphone's are their #1's. Same as those of us with Eric Johnson Strats and we constantly grab the MIM Strat.

    I'm at a point financially where I could drop stupid money on a Gibson or Fender CS something but I've been playing guitar for 45 years and I'm also at the point of "who cares"... If I can't make an Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Stand. Pro (Goldtop, P90s) sound good, throwing 10 times that at a Gibson isn't going to fix the problem.
     
  18. espyhop

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    It’s funny, I dig the pine Classic Vibes, but wouldn’t be caught dead with an Epiphone (aside from an original Epiphone design).
     
  19. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    You are right. This Harley Benton may be the best dollar to quality value I have ever heard of.
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    DeMelo Senior Stratmaster

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    Regarding Les Pauls you're about right. Just don't forget the original Epi models that have made history since Kalamazoo and are great designs to this day.
     
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