It rocks and kicks arse to the ibanez i have from when i first started.
Price: $1300.00 australian (new)
Where Obtained: Allens Music
Beautifully finished in gloss black with off-white binding and gold hardware. Has a really classy vintage look to it. Tuning heads on it are really smooth and precise.
Action is lowered and is great for fast playing, frets filed down too. Has a superb deep, warm tone that comes out of it and is really quite ballsy either on a clear setting or soaked in distortion.
Usually run it thru a marshall 40w valvestate or a peavey 60W studio pro, either way its sounds awesome...warm, gutsy and has lots of bite.
The gold hardware has a tendency to wear and look a little dull after a while, and the colour shows up scratches or greasy marks too well. Other than that its pretty much perfect for what i want.
t is the best guitar in this price i think
Model Year: 1999
Price: $625.00 (new)
Where Obtained: istanbul yamaha
It is made in Korea. Features 2 humbuckers, gold hardware, mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard with block inlays. Mahogany/alder top and body, with 2 volume and 2 tone controls, and a 3-way toggle switch.This is my third guitar. My second guitar was an Epiphone les paul too. But not custom. It has stolen . But i really liked this one. It is giving me great feeling and think i am playing better now. This baby's sound tone is so bright.
Actually i learned playing guitar on a epiphone fret. So it is too good for me. I can do a lot of attractions on the fret. The best playability speaciality of this guitar is you never miss the strings. If i have to compare it with a fender i can say that an epiphone stays in tune longer.
It is suitable for all of the styles , blues to thrash. It is better for the stages.
It is reliable enough for steady live playing
I had my mind set on a les paul when I went shopping around, but I tried others as well. I love the punch of a strat and the versatility of a tele, but when you crank the amps up the les paul wins hands down. I tried a goldtop with p90s but these pickups take away from an otherwise beautiful guitar. I had some extra cash so I decided to buy the headturning custom instead of the standard - a good decision cos this guitar is up there with the most attractive in the industry. The sustain, the warmth, the playability and the looks of this guitar are perfect. The name is the only disadvantage, but there is little difference in the build quality. Its a champagne guitar for beer money - so go and buy one!
Price: $485.00 IR (new)
Where Obtained: Waltons, Dublin
You should know this bit - Korean made, mahogany body with carved maple top and mahogany neck, amazing ebony black finish with gold hardware, 22 frets & 2 humbuckers...all the usual gear of a standard except the gold hardware and the custom edging on the body & neck.
If you love les pauls (like me) this is the ultimate in guitar designs, if you don't well you have to admit it is something special.
The action is perfect - nice and low but not too low like some Jackson or other metal guitars are. The neck is very comfortable to play with and it is reassuringly thick as all les pauls are. It is simple to get a good sound out of it and any average guitar player will sound much better playing one of these.
If you are into rock, metal or anything that involves distortion you will love this guitar - very warm and natural sound with loads of sustain, I often wonder if it was built to be distorted. A les paul through a marshall valve amp is arguably the definitve sound of rock music. When played clean it has a nice creamy warm sound and is very jazzy, but it lacks the punch of a strat or a tele. But most les paul players ignore the clean channel on the amp and crank it up immediately. The only drawback is its lack of versatility - if you try to play the Red Hot Chili Peppers on this guitar you will be laughed at...but most players who like the Chilis buy strats, not les pauls. It really depends on your tastes
As with all les pauls, treat this baby with respect and be as careful with it on stage as you can (without looking like Adam Clayton). Dont drop it, dont leave it against a wall, dont let any novice players touch it cos it is a very fussy guitar and it will knock itself out of tune if its not happy. Make sure you invest in a good stand to keep it comfortable when its not in your arms. Oh yeah, this guitar weighs a tonne and it NEEDS STRAP LOCKS so buy some straight after you buy the guitar.
Overall, I would recommend this guitar to anyone who doesn't mind replacing cheap pickups.
The new ones should be looked at more closely, however.
Samick has taking to setting nice LP necks into layered particle board bodies. BOOOOO HISSSSSS(aucoustically inert).
The old one's are cool with me though.
Model Year: 1994
Price: $675.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Pearson
This guitar is a pretty nice reproduction of an early 80's Black beauty,(gold hardware, 3 humbuckers). It should definitely not be confused with the bolt on crap that Samick has flooded most retail stores with lately.
It has a set in neck with a barely tolerable thick neck joint ala a Gibson. It also sports all over binding and block inlays in a rosewood fretboard. It was made in Korea by Samick for Epiphone under the Gibson name (go figure). It has an arch top made out of a very heavy wood that I have yet to identify(probably maple).
I have this guitar set up for 10's and the action is very playable but just tall enough for good tone through a tough bend. It has excellent sustain but only with 10's or 11's. There are no more intonation problems than you would find in any Les Paul with tall frets, and the neck is straight as an arrow.
I play with a ZOOM 505 processor splitting stereo into a Marshall JCM 900 (w/4x12) on the right, and an old Fender Bassman (w/another4x12) on the left. With the Marshall on 75% and the Fender at 50% I can move large objects across our rehearsal space without touching them.
It should be said that the pickups that came with this guitar were the worst excuse for a humbucker that I ever heard. I replaced the bridge pick up with a Gibson A-90
and that solved that little problem. Since most of my stuff is High-gain, the neck pick up stayed and the middle pickup is connected to the bridge pickup to get a really sweet vintage tone. With a little love and a little solder you can make this guitar indistinguishable
from a real Gibson on tape.
This guitar is tougher than most Russian tanks.
I would definatly reccomend this to anybody who, like me ,doesnt have the money for a gibson. JUST BE CAREFUL WITH IT. dont learn your durability lesson like i did!
Model Year: 1999
Price: $550.00 (new)
Where Obtained: sam ash
Very nice sound and an overall value for such a beuitifum guitar
feels just like a gibson but much lighter.pretty fast fingerboard and overall a easily playable guitar
The humbuckers are a very good recreation of the gibson ones. all though its not exactly the same it sounds verygood. It could have a little better sustain though.
well iv had a few accidents with this baby. When i was playing with some friends a strap broke on me and the les paul went tumbling to the ground. The togglr switch made itself a nice little hole in the body and was a pain to repair(gibson touchup pens work well)The wood could be a little stronger considering the nut for the strap has already stripped out the inside.
this was my second guitar. I absolutely love it. It's the cheapest guitar i've ever bought but it's also my favorite. I wouldn't sell it for allt he money in the world. Looking for a cheap guitar? pick this one up, it's a real winner.
Price: $290.00 (new)
Where Obtained: The House of Sound
plays great for a budget guitar
cheap pickups but they sound great
it's taken quite a beating
This is a great guitar for the money. Really the
best Les Paul short of a $1500 Gibson Standard.
Play it, use it, enjoy. Just don't drop i
Model Year: 1993
Where Obtained: Action Music, Arlington
It's got everything on a Gibson except of slightly
lower quality: the pickups, the inlays, the
3-position selector. It's got everything you need.
The individual volume and tone knobs are handy and
the tuners are sup
It may just be mine, but I love this guitar. I'm
not much of a fan of Epi's, but this thing plays
like a dream. It feels so solid
The pickups, though not Gibson, sound great. They
have a very chunky sound that isn't great for
light strumming, but it is beautiful with
distortion. She's served me well for 2 1/2 years,
and has done much to define my so
It's a Les Paul. If is hits something, it goes out
of tune. If it falls, it goes out of tune. If you
lay it flat on the floor, the neck looks like it's
under a lot of pressure. It you treat it ok, it'll
do the s