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post May 16 2009, 01:57 PM
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Hey guys,

Recently i have been thinking about getting a les paul, i saw this epiphone heritage cherry burst standard plus les paul and i like the looks of it very much but i don't have a clue if it is decent in quality since it's a cheaper guitar. Also i heard these guitars are made in china don't know if it is true or not, i don't know a store which has epiphone guitars so i can't try one out yet. What do you guys think about epiphone les pauls?

This is the one i'm talking about


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post May 16 2009, 02:04 PM
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post May 16 2009, 03:57 PM
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Epiphone makes nice guitars for their price, but you better try it first if you can, just in case you don't like how it feels. Having it set-up properly is a must.

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post May 16 2009, 04:13 PM
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They are decent guitars but be warned they are built down to a price! Les Paul's are quite an old design and as a consequence they have older guitar type traits, they are quite heavy, the necks are usually quite full and they have quite a square heel to them which makes upper fret access a challenge, of course the upside is legendary tone and sustain that everyone has tried to copy over the years.
You must try one of these because they are polar opposites fom your stratocaster and you will be quite surprised how different they feel!
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post May 16 2009, 04:21 PM
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As has been said check out the guitar...IMO there are better LP clones, maybe check out the single cuts from PRS and ESP before plunking down money on the Epiphone...I had an Epiphone Les Paul Custom and I much preferred the PRS and ESP ones...although to me nothing beats a Gibson LP Standard with a 60's neck smile.gif
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post May 16 2009, 04:42 PM
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I heard many bad things about Epiphone, people say that these guitars were good, but the quality is decreasing with each new shipment of guitars...

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post May 17 2009, 12:40 AM
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I tried several pieces and they sounded good, install some good pickups and they should rock for several years for sure.

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post May 17 2009, 11:07 AM
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I had a Epiphone Les Paul custom for a couple of years, and I gave a try to several Gibson models in a shop, so can give my opinion in what an epi LP is and what is not.

The epi LP custom is amongst the top epiphone models, but it is still not par in quality (nor in price) to the cheapest Gibson Les Pauls. But I liked it way more than the cheapest Gibson SG.

I think the two main features to look in a guitar before buying it are: sound and playability. To my taste , the epi Les Paul custom is probably is the best sounding guitar in its price range, but it is far from being the easiest to play (e.g. mexican fender is easier to play then epi LP custom as well as several Ibanez on this price range).

In short, if you love les paul sound and your budget only allows for an epiphone, go for it. If you have a little more, seriously consider a Gibson. You will gain both in sound and playability.

My choice based on increasing budget, quality and sound is:
epi LP custom < Gibson LP studio < standarded faded < 2008 standard < Gibson LP custom

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If you want a Les Paul but don't want to spend the money for a "real" Gibson, definitely go for an Epiphone, you will get a good guitar for a great price. But if you are unsure about it, go to your local dealer and try it yourself.

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post May 21 2009, 03:05 PM
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Good advice here. Play some and buy one you like. My personal opinion of Epiphone is silly, but to me, buying an Epiphone Les Paul, is like taking your sister to the Prom. She may be hot, but who cares. Now, I admit it's silly and elitist, but it's just what came to mind when I read this thread. I've thought many times about getting a Les Paul to add to my collection. Each time I'm scared by the price. Each time I look at an Epiphone. Each time I think of my sister and leave the store with nothing. laugh.gif


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