Epiphone Les Paul Standard

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Epiphone

Description Chrome humbucking pickups, mahogany body and carved maple top, rosewood fingerboard, cream body and fingerboard binding, and chrome hardware.
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On 4/9/2009, David Hendrix (569) posted:
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I looked at a Cadillac, An SG G-400 an SG G-300, and this guitar, and this one took the cake. I would definitely buy this guitar again, heck, maybe even a Gibson one, if it were lost or stolen. The only way this guitar could be better is if the readjusted the position of the front strap-lock and fixed the problem with the treble 0-9 frets, although that is probably my problem as I adjusted the bridge. My favorite aspect of this guitar is the nice, smooth playing ability it has in almost every genre, from bluegrass to metalcore. The only other things I would like people to know about this guitar is that the second bridge height can be adjusted. All you need is a small standard screwdriver. The two adjusters for this are on either end of the bridge.
Model Year: 2008
Price: $549.00 (new)
Where Obtained: GuitarCenter.com
Features:
This guitar plays well for me, and the mahogany body gives a nice crunch on treble in the lower notes with no bass on the amp, and nice, smooth highs on rhythm with no bass. My pickups are the classic Gibson pickups that came with the guitar, and the finish the Ebony Black. It has 22 Jumbo frets, 3 pickups, and 3 configs. bass, both, and treble. Mine is a single cutaway, non-string-thru body, and locking Grover tuning pegs. Mine is a 6-string made in Korea.
Playability:
I can obtain my preferred action on this guitar perfectly. The neck is a nice thin-medium neck allowing easy moving from any part of the guitar. This guitar plays well in the 10-22 frets on the treble stings and 0-22 on the bass strings. The only flaws to this design is the fast the frets 0-9 on the treble strings buzz for me and don't give a clean tone because the strings on are adjusted to fit the solo's on the 10-22 frets, and buzz against the frets any lower.
Sound Quality:
My amp that I use is a Spyder III 15W modeling amp, because I play far away from home for months at a time, and this guitar can really blast through this 15W. If you're looking for a guitar that can play well with lots of distortion on a low wattage this is it. I can play anything from almost acoustic (The clean channel has a little reverb on it that you can't get rid of)to black metal and metalcore. The sound from this guitar to the amp is a warm, but crisp and biting (with no bass) sound, and if you turn up the bass and fiddle around with the mixes then you can find exactly what you're looking for in many different styles. This guitar through this amp sounds a lot with the Les Paul than the Ibanez which I tried at the store. This amp is good for small gigs or studio, but don't try and make a big sound out of it for a long time, because any buzz from lights will be amplified to the point where is overloads and screams.
Durability:
This guitar is extremely durable, and can take hours of playing continuously before going even the smallest bit out of tune. The Grover tuners on here really uphold their reputation. Generally the only times I ever have to tune the guitar is when I change drop tunings. The strap-locks are good, but I've made a modification on the forward one. Before I did so, if you put the guitar above a 30 degree incline, the strap came off the lock, and you'd have to catch it before it hit the floor. I solved this by unscrewing the lock, taking the lock off the screw, outfitting a washer that would not come off the head on, and remounting the lock and re-inserting it. This has worked extremely well, for now it can take a direct 90 degree angle with that lock alone and hold on to my guitar. The climate changes of this guitar have almost no effect on it at all. I got this guitar is Charleston, SC, then proceeded to carry it up to Ohio in the middle of winter, and still have it here while Spring is coming in, and no visible or tone differences have occurred in the body or electronics.
On 8/7/2008, Joe Manuel (71) posted:
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If you like ole rock n roll and the blues, you cant beat it,for the price.
Model Year: 2007
Price: $499.99 (new)
Where Obtained: musicansfriend
Features:
This is like no other epiphone,that i have and have played. icant fine another one that sounds like it. ihave a 1985 gibson standard that i bought new,i swear the sound the same. dont know what happen, but i cant come close to findin another one like it.i have changed the pickups on this other one that i bought,but i still cant get the same tone. any suggestions?
Playability:
This one NO!
Sound Quality:
Marshal half stack.
On 3/27/2008, Evan Duff (789) posted:
Overall Rating:
I was really trying to find a nice Les Paul in my price range. This was actually my second choice but my first choice was sold by the time i went to order.

Pretty Nice guitar, expecially with the upgrades I put in.
Model Year: 2007
Price: $430.00
Where Obtained: Chirs Guitars
Playability:
My neck does have a bit of buzz, but I think that can be eliminated with a quick truss rod adjustment. Action is nice and low, plays pretty quick.
Durability:
Could feel a little more substantial, come with strap-locks, etc. But it seems well built.
On 12/17/2007, Saad Shahid (6) posted:
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Great guitar which have a potential to be upgraded and used as a professional quality instrument
Model Year: 2007
Price: $399.99 (new)
Where Obtained: musiciansfriend.com
Features:
Made in china standard les paul features that are mahogany neck,rosewood fretboard,groover tuners, set neck, toggle switch, 2 humbuckers, single cutaway design, 22 frets, tune-o-matric bridge etc.
Playability:
Action is just about my liking not very low and not very high, neck is not the fastest but it has the best feel. it's a very good guitar acoustically which shows that just by changing pickups a great guitar sound can be achieved. by stock pick ups it sound good but not great
Sound Quality:
I use a a marshall 20w amp( that mg series one) with digitech multi-effects. the good thing about this guitar is that it is very good for playing any type of music..from thrash metal to old blues. sound is good but not as good as a gibson les paul(by the way it should be expected that u cant have a 2500$ sound in a 400$ guitar)however a change of pickups can bring it very close to the real les paul sound but for its price its amazing
Durability:
Rock solidis the only word that comes into mind when u talk about its durability
On 7/14/2006, Rob Krohn (4) posted:
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As far as guitars go this one is the best ive owned and ive had over 10 guitars
Model Year: 2006
Price: $375.00 (new)
Where Obtained: guitar center
Features:
Grover tuners 22 frets origanal pickups black finnish creme binding body/neck
Playability:
Awsome for playing chords and strumming under heavy overdrive
Sound Quality:
Use it with a marshall sounds best
Durability:
Brand new hasent seen the stage yet
On 11/13/2005, Jacob Jensen (54) posted:
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I looked at guitars made by Ibanez, Schecter, Fender, even PRS, and I chose this guitar for it's overall feel. I would definately buy another LP Standard if this one was lost or stolen. I do not see a way that this guitar could be better in regards to meeting my requirements as a guitar player.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $500.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
Korean made, Mahogany/alder body, Carved maple top, Rosewood fingerboard, Cream body and fretboard binding, Chrome hardware,humbucker pickups, passive electronics, 24.75" scale, 1.68" nut width, Set neck, Trapezoid inlays, glossy ebony finish, H/H pickup configuration, Grover brand tuners, 22 frets, 2 volume 2 tone 3 way toggle switch
Playability:
I have very easily obtained an action the suites my needs. The neck is laquered, which slightly slows down the speed at which my hand can travel up and down the fretboard, but not relevantly. I have played and own many guitars, and I have not found one that plays as well as my Les Paul. There are no visible flaws.
Sound Quality:
I play on a Line 6 Pod XT Live! through Grado Labs headphones or a Peavey PR10 powered PA speaker. I also have a Digitech RP200A, Digitech Whammy pedal, Line 6 Tremelo pedal, and a Jim Dunlop Crybaby. I play Neo-Classical metal, and this guitar presents no problem for this. The guitar would most certainly be well-suited for a number of other musical styles; country western, speed metal, jazz, blues, etc...
Durability:
I have not played live, but I imagine that the gutiar would fare well during a live situation. Aside from an initial set-up after purchase, I have never had to make any adjustments on this guitar. All hardware is in perfect condition.
On 11/2/2005, Shannon Averill (4) posted:
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I love it....would love a gibson more probably
Model Year: 2002
Price: $550.00 (new)
Where Obtained: musicians friend
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On 5/30/2005, Martin Priller (574) posted:
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I was going to get a strat at 1st but my friend who went with me said I sounded better with the les paul than the strat and I figured what the hell I always wanted a real les paul.What I like about it is everything,sometimes I look at it and can't believe Ibought a les paul after getting low budgie guitars in the past.But I have no regrets getting this guitar.
Model Year: 2005
Price: $450.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
It has a cherry sunburst color.
Playability:
This guitar is perfectly in tune no matter what,I haven't played a les paul guitar in years but it felt comfortable after a few min of playing.
Sound Quality:
I bought this with a crate amp together but I also played it thru a marshall and it just sounds great even thru a battery operated amp as well.Right now I wouldn't even consider doing any mods to this beauty.
Durability:
It's a les paul,so I'd to think it's durable but it has held up for me whenever I went out to go jam.The only flaw was the strap lock came loose but it was fixed when I took it back.
On 2/4/2004, Chris Sheffield (122) posted:
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I love this guitar its this best guitar i've owned
Model Year: 2003
Price: $435.00 (new)
Where Obtained: guitar center
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Crate amp d.o.d grunge pedal i play classic rock heavy metal country
Durability:
Very reliable guitar
On 7/2/2003, Gary Renegar (276) posted:
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Looked at Gibson E-335's, Epi Dot's, Gibson Les Pauls,SG's. I would replace this gutar if lost or stolen. The only improvement I can think of would be to use better top woods, and I believe Gibson has solved that problem with the new Epi Elitist series, although expect to spend a few hundred bucks more.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $540.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music Store
Features:
A Korean made '59 Gibson Les Paul copy. A very nice, well constructed guitar that I play anywhere and up against any 'top end' expensive brand. It has the 'standard' Les Paul compliment of twin humbuckers, 3 way toggle switch and separate tone and volume controls for each pickup. It has the traditional Les Paul fat and crunchy sound, but the treble settings work well too. My model has an extremely dense rosewood fretboard that looks more like ebony. It has a beautiful flamed finish, however much of the flame is stained on. It takes second place to the Gibson Les Paul in the quality of the top wood which admittedely is not as nice as most Gibsons. The tuners are low cost but I never have a problem keeping it tuned. I've read many posts complaining of the toggle switch failing and the need to switch it out. Mine would occassional misfire but a tech solved that problem with a can of aerosal, just sprayed out the toggle well. Apparently during transport, packing dust may get into the toggle well and sometimes prevent contact. That was 2 years ago and it hasn't fouled up yet.
Playability:
Like most Les Pauls of the late 50's, it has a rather beefy neck, and it is heavy. Still, it plays well and it can play fast. There are no flaws in the guitar.
Sound Quality:
Used with a Princeton and a Peavey Reknown amp, and through a digital recorder. Sounds sweet, a little bassy if you favor the rythymn setting, which I do. I think the tone it produces is the best feature of the guitar. I always get compliments on the way this guitar sounds.
Durability:
Great guitar for gigging. Very sturdy, well constructed. I've never needed to make any adjustments to this guitar other than lowering the bridge slightly from the factory setting. There is no string or fret buzz despite the low setting I use for lead. Every fret on every string rings true.
On 6/22/2003, Matja Praprotnik (1384) posted:
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Its not expensive and the sound quality very good. it is the most beautiful instrument in the world. it is the best copy of the original gibson les paul standard. i recommend it to anyone who love les paul models.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $500.00 (new)
Where Obtained: big bang
On 12/26/2002, Laura Gallagher (286) posted:
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I had my eye set on this guitar for a while, so I didn't shop around too much (which I probably should have). I do love it though and am glad I got it. If it was stolen I would probably go for the Epi LP Studio as it's a bit cheaper and the basically the same guitar. The first thing I would recommend to make it better would be to go with at least a little better tuners and switches - in addition to more versatile, better quality humbuckers. My favorite aspect of this guitar would be how great it looks and plays for the price. It's definitely better than the other Gibson LP imitations out there in the same price range.
Price: $549.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Daddy's Junky Music, Nashua
Features:
Very nice looking guitar. Mine's in transluscent wine red. Everything works well on it. When I first got it there was an issue with the G string tuner buzzing whenever I played a note, open or fretted. Daddy's was very unhelpful, but some friends of mine from another store fixed it. Anyway it seemed a bit cheap of the guitar, but I havn't encountered anything else like that.
Playability:
I love the feel of the guitar's neck - granted this my own opinion and it varies from player to player. The action level I got it with may be a bit low, but is comfortable. It is a bit stiff feeling, which I've gotten used to - but can be awkward at first. It's also kind of a heavy guitar which you should keep in mind if your small (like me). It can get uncomfortable to play standing after a while.
Sound Quality:
I've only played a couple other electrics so it's hard to say. I do notice though that there's a certain warm sound that I can get from my inexpensive DeArmond M-66 (sadly a cancelled line) that I can't get from this guitar. It's all personal preference, but I find the sound a little limited - or just not as full an professional sounding as I would expect.
Durability:
I've only had it for a couple months so there's not much to say here - it seems to be holding up fine. The 3-way selector is wiggly though - but I believe that's just it being cheap, not it getting worse. I've heard that this part of the Epi LP should be replaced before anything else.
On 9/7/2002, Solid James (97) posted:
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I had a choice between a Fender Tele and an Epi Les Paul. I chose the Les Paul because of the high-output, humbucking pickups and a versatility when it comes to playing different things. The Les Paul also looked better ^_^ If it were lost or stolen I would probably get a Fender '72 reissue Thinline Tele. But, I would feel very guilty afterwards. This guitar would be better if it was made by Gibson and sold for the same price, so I could get more respect when I'm playing it ^_^ This guitar is very sweet, very nice-looking, and plays like a wet dream.
Model Year: 1998
Price: $549.99 (new)
Where Obtained: American Musical Supply
Features:
I believe this guitar was factory-made in Korea. The one I bought was the Epiphone Les Paul Standard Flame Maple Top, I asked Gibson about it and it turns out that it's different from the "standard" LP. Instead of Chrome tuning machines I have vintage green. It features a round, set-in neck. Adorning it are dot indicators as well with pearloid, trapezoid inlays in the rosewood fingerboard. It has two exposed, Alnico V humbuckers (neck and bridge). A 3-way switch near the arch allows me to switch between the pickups or play them in unison. The finish I got was a Cherry Sunburst, which was very well done. It has a stop tailpiece and what looks like a tune-o-matic bridge. Finally there is a thick plasic pickguard and golden knobs (not metallic gold, but see-through honey-ish plastic).
Playability:
I prefer a medium-high action with regular gauged D'Addario strings (.10-.46). The tailpiece/bridge let's me set the action very easily. The neck is very comfortable, slick, and I can play very fast on it. My Strat has a thinner neck and this plays much better. In playability, this guitar has no flaws. A baby could shred on it ^_^
Sound Quality:
I've played this through three amps so far: a Fender Frontman 15, a Pignose G60, and a Line 6 Spider. It delivers a nice clean sound with little to no noise, depending on the amp. I play blues, swing, and rock & roll and this guitar can handle all of that and more. The sound is warm if you play with the neck pickup or in unison, but a bright twang can be achieved playing the bridge. A very versatile guitar, no doubt. I'm considering replacing the pickups eventually with chrome-covered, Gibson reissues (57s maybe), but that is not going to happen for a while ^_^
Durability:
This guitar can take anything, it's very well built. Solid. The one I got stays relatively in tune even after I've been playing it with sweaty, crusty hands for 11 hours (and believe me I have). I use a computer tuner so I can get my tuning very accurate. All my hardware held up very well, and the felt cushion on the strap-locks provide some well-deserved protection for the finish. The output jack fell in once and it took me an hour to get it out of the body to screw it back on. Whenever I don't play I keep it in the case, but when it comes to climate changes this guitar holds up pretty well.
On 4/28/2002, Cory Pfarr (59) posted:
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I love Les Pauls and I have always wanted one. I wouldn't go for any other guitar. I like the guitar how it is. I would not change anything. Sound is my favorite thing about my Les Paul. Everyone should like a Les Paul. It is very reliable in any situation.
Price: $500.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music and Arts
Features:
Made in US. Rosewood neck. 22 frets. A 3 switch treble for pick ups. 2 Humbucker pick-ups. Flame top. Double cut away. string through body. non- locking.
Playability:
Easy to play. Nice to play and very comfortable for wrist and fingers. Plays well to other guitars. No flaws.
Durability:
Yes it is reliable on steady live playing. It fares well during climate changes. Barely goes out of tune at all.
On 1/3/2002, Jimmy James (4) posted:
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I bought this not on price, not on looks. i picked it up and i played it. this guitar just screamed my name. were it lost or stolen i'm not sure if i'd get another one, i'm getting into luthery a good bit, and i'd probably find specs and build my own. people say epis suck, those people are fools, most likely broke fools. its not a gibson, so odn't compare the two, it is a great guitar in its own right.
Price: $499.00 (new)
Where Obtained: CA house music
Features:
Everyone knows the les paul, and all the copies. the epi really isn't bad. its not the real thing, but the price tag isn't as heavy either. I've replaced all the electronics and most of the hardware. i'd gig with this guitar.
Playability:
I like a nice medium high action, and this does that well, one of my favorite guitars..it feels so good to play it. the inlays are a little obviously plastic..but its not about looks.
Sound Quality:
I go straight into a fender harvard reverb, great lil amp. i play a lot of blues and classic rock, but some heavier stuff, as well as some funky things as well. the electronics needed replaced, the stock pups were actually pretty decent. most people would call this a stage guitar, because its on the cheap end of the spectrum.
Durability:
Minus the cheap hardware, and the notorius switch, this thing will i'm sure escort me to hell and back
On 11/27/2001, Greg Schwepe (49) posted:
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I'm kind of biased because I've always favored guitarists who play Les Pauls (Page, Perry, Frampton, Gibbons, Frehley, DeLeo from STP). It just looks damn cool. I wanted a guitar that could cover ground from rock to blues and this certainly does. The Ebony finish looks sharp. Now if I could only play as good as this guitar looks and feels.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $499.00 (new)
Where Obtained: The String Shoppe, Columbus, OH
Features:
This screamer has Ebony finish with white binding and chrome humbuckers. Need I say more? This is a standard rock and roll guitar, and works for blues just as well. 2 volume and tone controls. I've been working my way up the Epiphone food chain and this guitar might just satisfy me for awhile. Until I get $1500 to buy a true Gibson Les Paul. But why, this seems just as good!
Playability:
This is the one guitar I've purchased that did not require a set up from the custom guitar shop I've taken my others to. Could be that this is by far the nicest axe I've purchased. You get what you pay for. The neck has a nice feel to it and is quite comfortable.
Sound Quality:
Sound quality is good. I have a 15 watt amp and a Zoom 505 box which are nice but probably don't do it justice.
Durability:
Hardware stays intact, though the tight strap lock Planet Waves strap I have caused the button to unwind a little. But I caught it (literally) in time.
On 3/14/2001, Mitchell Mitchell (417) posted:
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Nt a gibson but a great guitar. mr paul knew what he was doing. i saw this guitar sitting in the used room at mars for $300.00 and went over to see what was wrong with it. nothing, so i accidentally bought it. i use it for the real rocking stuff, and my tele for lighter stuff. great set up. i didnt even know epi made gold tops either, so bonus!
Model Year: 1996
Price: $300.00
Where Obtained: Mars
Features:
Korea. not sure, i think epis use maple tops, and cheap wood on the back. its got a rosewood fingerboard. 22 frets. two tone two volume. 3 way swith. two humbuckers, bridge & neck. gold top finish. single cutaway. tune-o-matic adjustible bridge.
Playability:
Best guitar i've ever touched. (actually i'm afraid to touch gibbys in the store for fear i'll break it) your fingers move like silk over the fretboard. i havent gotten used to not bumping the selector switch when strumming upward. only flaws are the strap holder thingys and pickguard screws come loose occasionaly.
On 1/23/2001, Jason Levandofsky (506) posted:
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You just cant beat the overall value and versatility of these fine instruments.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $500.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music Store
Features:
I once owned a Gibson and swore I'd never play anything else, but when I played an Epiphone Les Paul, I was shocked! There is virtually no difference in tonal quality, so if you want a nice guitar without taking out a second mortgage give one a try!!!
Playability:
Plays just as easy as a Gibson.
Sound Quality:
As I said, there virtually no tonal difference.
Durability:
Well... take good care of it and you'll be alright.
On 11/30/2000, Joel Crawford (73) posted:
Overall Rating:
Great guitar
Model Year: 1997
Price: $250.00
Where Obtained: Pawn Shop
Features:
Made in korea, has a flame maple top,very sharp looking, 2 humbucking pickups, ivory pickguard
Playability:
Very nice neck, melts in your hands.
Sound Quality:
Suits all styles. played through a peavey amp
Durability:
Like a rock
On 10/25/2000, Randy Hodges (6) posted:
Overall Rating:
I did look at some Fenders over this one but I decided against them. I probably would not buy this guitar again if it was stolen. I would look at a Fender American Series instead. The best aspect of the guitar is the quality of sound for the price. It is a great intermediate guitar. I recommend anyone in atleast picking up at a store and giving it chance. It might impress you.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $519.00 (new)
Where Obtained: American Musical Supply
Features:
My Epiphone has a shiny ebony finish. The appearance resembles the Gibson LP. It has chrome humbuckering which delivers great sound.
Playability:
This guitar is ready for stage. The playability is incredible. I have had a few problems with the input jack however... but it was fixed in about 5 minutes. Other than that incident, It is in great condition.
Sound Quality:
I use a Marshall VS265r for live and studio sessions. The amp and guitar produce great tone in any venue. I mainly play alternative/rock music but blues are also well suited for this guitar. I have considered replacing the pickups and install Gibson 490's.
Durability:
This guitar can hold up to continuous play and road abuse. I have had it year and have had no major problems that would cause me to need a backup. I do recommend in replacing the strap locks for the agressive player. The leather straps have a tendency to slide off while jumping and moving around. Rusting is my only dislike about the guitar. The plate screws did rust with the first set of screws that came with the guitar but since then I have had no other problems. Overall, this is a great buy!
On 6/15/2000, Michael Woolley (14) posted:
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I looked at Fender strats. Can't stand them. Too much tone. I chose this one because it was affordable. It felt really good at the time. The neck was (is) at an angle that appealed to me at the time. I don't even notice it anymore. I would buy another epi les paul if the need ever came. But it won't because I need a Narrower neck Make this guitar lighter and if I could reach the 20 fret with no problem I get it again. As I said I have real small hands Favorite aspect. It has always sounded great. Other guitarist's who've played it agree. In fact, some have been surprised at how well it sounded. I guess I got lucky when I bought it. At or nearly perfect. The only negative reaction I get is when I reccommend epi les pauls online. Worst aspect. It's heavy and the shoulder starts to hurt after a while.
Model Year: 1992
Price: $500.00 (new)
Where Obtained: guitarcenter
Features:
Made in korea mahohogany bondy maple neck 22 frets rosewood fingerboard 2 humbucker pickups active goldtop finish non-locking tuners tune-o-matic bridge
Playability:
Action as low as I can without buzz, sometimes I like the higher action The neck is too wide because I have small hands. at the time a bought I didn't know s--- It always sounded great. And still does The only flaw was inflicted upon it when I dropped it and the fourth key is loose. I never got it fixed, so if you use steel strings on it the fourth string will buzz. This will be rectified soon, however. I'm getting another electric and the les paul goes to the shop for a checkup
On 1/29/2000, Brian Follweiler (61) posted:
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This guitar rocks. The other guitar player in my band, envies it, and he plays a Strat. We all lovingly call it "The Pauly"
Model Year: 1997
Price: $549.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician's Friend
Features:
It has an ebony finish, with ivory pickguard. It is really a sharp looking guitar. The tuners area vintage green sort of look, and it is really a fine guitar.
Playability:
Playability is great, but with only the single cutaway the upper-upper frets are a bit more difficult to reach. The G tuner goes out of tune more frequently than the others too.
Sound Quality:
Two Volume, Two Tone, Two Humbuckers, 3-way switching. Nuff Said. You can get mellow tone for rhythym, and great highs for leads. Usually I leave mine on the Neck pickup.
Durability:
The nut is made of plastic, and it works fine, but I banged it a couple of times, and it chipped. But otherwise, it's really stood up very well against the scratches, and dings of everyay playing.