If this guitar was lost, stolen, broken or just flew away I'd buy another one in a heartbeat!! Brand new they're still the same price as I paid seven years ago! I've tried tons of guitars, from Jackson to BC Rich, to Fender, to Parker and I can honestly say I like my Les Paul the best. The only thing I wish it had was either a bigsby bridge or a floyd rose, but if I REALLY wanted those features bad enough I would have bought something else. I might also consider putting active pickups in it (they'd have to have the same chrome-covered look as the originals) but again, not a necessity. The stock pickups sound just fine. I would urge anyone to buy one of these, but if possible play with it for about an hour if you can and see if the weight is too much for your shoulder (smaller-framed people might find this to be a bigger issue). Overall, my favourite guitar in the world. I wouldn't trade it for anything!
Model Year: 1998
Price: $695.00 Canadian (new)
Where Obtained: Blue Water Music
My Les Paul Studio was made in Korea...I believe the body is mahogany, but I'm not positive. Nice binding around the bookmatched top. 6-string, 22-fret rosewood fretboard (bound) with trapezoid inlays. Two volume and two tone knobs control the two covered humbuckers (passive). Single cutway body with tune-o-matic bridge. Beautiful cherry sunburst finish, which is what attracted me to it in the first place. Tuners I think are Epiphone...my only complaint is the tuners. The knobs look like brown plastic...my friend's Epi Les Paul (same guitar but tobacco sunburst finish) has chrome tuning knobs and they look much classier.
The neck is very smooth and comfortable...I have yet to find another guitar with a neck that I like better. I had the nut filed down right after I got it and the action is PERFECT...very smooth feeling. It's had two repairs since I got it...a faulty pickup-selector switch and the patch-cord jack had to be resoldered...both were covered under warranty and I have not had any problems since (those both happened about six years ago). One bitter-sweet point about this guitar (and all Les Pauls in general) is the WEIGHT of it...after an hour or two of playing, my shoulder gets pretty sore...but it's a fair trade for the solid-body tone of this guitar.
I like to play anything from blues to alternative to metal to classic rock, and this guitar delivers for everything! The tone is incredible...I can't believe how much bass this guitar produces (I have to turn the bass knob on my amp way down and it STILL shakes the room!) Very rich, deep tone. I play it through a Fender Princeton Chorus and on the clean channel this guitar just sings. No complaints whatsoever with the sound quality and/or pickups. It almost has TOO much bass, but better too much than too little, I think!
Neck has never been adjusted since day one...still plays like it's brand new, and I've moved it through two very different climates. Besides the two minor electrical problems I had initially, this guitar has held up through everything I've put it through. Never had in on stage before, but I wouldn't even think twice about it...I have total faith in this guitar.
For the price, I think the Epiphone Les Paul is as good as it gets for hard-rockers and shredders. If you still prefer the Gibson sound without burning a hole in your pocket, you can always put gibson pickups on it. I learned on this guitar and I still feel comfortable with it. I'd recommend it for anybody wanting a cheap, highly playable guitar.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $350.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music123.com
Mine was made in Korea and inspected in the U.S. It has a mahogany body and 22 frets. There are two volume and two tone controls and one pickup switch. The guitar has two humbuckers. I chose the cherry sunburst finish, but it looks different than the cherry sunburst of a standard Les Paul. It has a single cutaway, a rosewood fingerboard, and plastic tuners.
The action is the best part of this guitar. I can play faster on it than I can on my Strat. The neck is not curved like most Fenders, so I find it easy to play on.
The guitar has great distortion, but lacks the twang you would find in a Strat. I play all styles, so it is great for rock like Van Halen, but doesn't sound as good when trying to play Hengrix or Clapton. I play with a Wah pedal through a fender 65 watt amp. Overall, it sounds great for shredding, but doesn't sound very warm when playing slower stuff.
I would trust the guitar on stage, but not straight out of the box. After I bought it I was dissapointed to find that the neck needed to be straightened and the pickup switch needed to be repaired ($20 overall). Since then I've had the guitar for a year and a half and I haven't had any problems.
I've been playing 6 months and so far this guitar has answered my every need. It it was stolen, I'd go to work on the fool with a pair of pliers and a blowtorch. Obviously, if i had Liberia's debt in my pocket, I'd opt for a Gibson :)
I think it would be more likely that i would have modifications done to this, like maybe switching out the tuners for nicer-looking Grovers, or putting in Gibson '57 Classic pickups (oooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhh...).
My friend has an Epi G-400 Custom and I played it for a while before I bought this. The SG has more of an AC/DC style crunch than the Les Paul, but I prefer the more mellow lows and highs of this guitar. It is superb for playing rhythm for ANY kind of music.
As Epiphones are made in Korea, a few parts will fail. That is a small price to pay compared to spending 1500 more on a Gibson model. The 3-way pickup selector switch and the input jack MAY give you some trouble.
Buying equipment won't make you a good musician. If you sound like sh*t, then you'll sound like sh*t on any instrument! If you are a decent musician looking for a plethora of new tones, then buy this guitar. You will not be disappointed.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $460.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Showcase in San Jose, CA
2001 Epiphone Les Paul Studio. Heritage Cherry Sunburst Finish. Most people know the features, but I'll list a few. 22 frets, 2 "Gibson-Designed" Humbucking Pickups, 2 volume knobs, 2 tone knobs (ugly see-thru plastic), Tune-O-Matic Bridge w/ Stopbar Tailpiece, Non-locking tuners w/ pukey green plastic knobs.
The neck is smooth, and the 22 frets are easy to use. If you have big hands, this guitar is big enough for you. If you have small hands, this guitar is small enough for you. It's a perfect medium.
As far as faults, the 3-way pickup selector switch and the input jack are fairly common. If you get a lemon, you'll probably have to replace them. If you get a good one, maybe you'll be lucky. The tone pot for the Rhthym pickup crackles when i turn it sometimes too.
My music style includes Classic Rock (The Doors, Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd), Hard Rock (Van Halen, Guns N' Roses) and some Grunge (Alice In Chains, Stone Temple Pilots). This guitar is extremely versatile. The stock humbuckers provide good tonal range. I'm currently plugging it into a 120 Watt Crate GFX-212T. My advice is to use this guitar with at least a valve-state or tube amp.
The pickups don't give feedback and are not microphonic. They offer low to high end tone, but lower-end comes more naturally. As with most humbuckers, tones are warm and full. The sound can get muddy if you use the wrong settings. DON'T ALWAYS SET THE GUITAR TO 10! They give you those controls for a reason. I like to mix the pickups, set volume to about 5 on the treble and 6 on the rhythm. Tone control knobs should also be used to get a variety of sounds.
This guitar is my only electric, and I plan to stay that way until i really NEED to upgrade. It will definitely do live playing, but make sure that your 3-way switch is clean before going to a concert! The hardware is still in perfect condition, and the finish looks like it will last a thousand years. The strap buttons look solid, but you should put strap retainers on any guitar you care about (i recommend the Dunlop LokStrap system...about 5 bucks at any guitar store). I would gig without a backup simply because i can't afford one! Even if I had another guitar, this guitar has so far not given me any reason to doubt it's abilities.
Les Paul NOCKER
No twelve string double neck 6-string gibson
beautiful appearence how dusty it gets cleaning its a pain in the a-- but worth it when done
Great guitar for advanced-semi-expert players dont buy
it for your 6 year old kid though mockeg to the make
Model Year: 1998
Price: $700.00 (new)
Where Obtained: House of guitars Rochester New York
6-string (wish it was a 12) :)
2 volumes 2 tones
White gloss finish
string through body method
non locking :(
Curves with it kinda
nothin like a real les paul WOW
tuners could be better
Peavey big a-- amp
Classic rock the only way for skill!!!!
great sound over all
stage def but great for studio
OK I guess?
I looked at squier and fender standard and even american series strats and teles. i also looked at ibanez and bc rich (yeah right.) I would buy it again in a minute just for backup. The best thing is the feel and the sound. the looks are perfect. THIS IS THE BEST GUITAR IN THE WORLD!!!!!
Model Year: 1998
Price: $460.00 (new)
Where Obtained: music machine
I'm not shure where it was made, but very well made. It has a mahogony top and alder bottom. It's neck is mahogony. EXTREMELY COMFORTABLE!! 23 frets. excelent size. Two volume and two tone. One volume and one tone for each of the two humbuckers (i put in a seymour invader and a 57 gibson classic but the ones it comes with ar good.) Three way switching for excelent melody or lead or in between. Mine is a SUPER shiny ebony color. on stage it can blind you.
THe action on this is perfect. if you don't think so, have it fixed. EXCELENT neck. ZERO flaws
I never use effects. I play blink 182 and offspring and it's the perfect punk guitar or any other. Strats come close but are not as good for punk or classic or metal or whatever because you can get pretty much any tone. i'm considering one other guitar and that's a joe perry signature model les paul. this guitar rocks on stage or studio.
It;s perfect for live playing. it always stays in tune. EXCELENT durability.
As I say, best guitar I have played so far. More than worth the money.
Model Year: 1998
Price: $585.00 (new)
Where Obtained: The Music Center, Lenoir, NC
Superb instrument. Beautifully finished with great workmanship for the price.
The action as set up for the stores was just right for me and the neck profile was perfect for my big hands.
Rocks or smooth as silk it has it all.
So far so good. Never goes out of tune unless I knock a peg taking it out of the case.