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Re: Epiphones compared to full-on gibsons.
6/9/2008 11:17 AM
Mark Collins (3026) wrote:
I keep reading all of these posts about Gibson VS. Epi, etc. I own both, a Gibson Les Paul Custom & an Epiphone les Paul Custom. Let me begin by saying the Gibson is far superior to the Epi, end of story. Now, with that being said, look at the cost! The Gibson is far far more expensive! Whichever one decides to play depends on the situation. I "retired" my Gibson because I fear something happening to it: getting stolen, knocked over, etc. It would be horrible because I could not replace it! So, I bought the Epi, to actually play without the fear of something happening to a vintage guitar. Yes, it sounds strange, I have a guitar I am afraid to play! Well, first of all I have played my Gibson for many years, put lots of miles on it. It has held up well, & that is a testament as to why so many pros use them: they hold up night after night! I have noticed Gibson is really pushing the Epiphone line lately, in our economy most people can not afford a Gibson. They are also grooming the next generation of Gibson players. So,here is a nice alternative. Would I buy another Gibson if something happened to mine? Probably not, at least not in the stage of life I am in now, it would be pointless. My Epi will do all I ned it to do. After I get my kids raised, etc.? Sure. Would I replace my Epihone if something happened? Yes, definitely. I would use my Gibson in recording, or in some type of closely monitored environment. If I was traveling in a pro band, playing night after night, I would use a Gibson, but definitely not a vintage one. Rather, I would buy a new one to use. Also, I would use Epihphone as my back up. I hope every guitar player can some day have a nice Gibson guitar, they are incredible! It is quite a feeling!A Gibson is worth every penny you pay for it; but only if you have the means to afford it. Otherwise, it is a huge waste of money, stick to your budget & buy what you can afford: play the hand you're dealt.