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The Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar is an incredible reincarnation of the guitar heard ˜round the world. When it was released in 1952, ori...Click To Read More About This Product

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Vintage look and classic Les Paul P-90 tone.

The Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar is an incredible reincarnation of the guitar heard ˜round the world. When it was released in 1952, original advertisements for the Goldtop Les Paul read "designed by Les Paul and enthusiastically approved by top guitarists everywhere." Time has proven that to be an understatement.

The Les Paul Goldtop was a radical design for its time. Even Gibson was so unsure of the model that at first, they hesitated putting the company name on the headstock. Whenever Les visited Epiphone, he always got a kick out of telling that story, especially since the hard work and sweat that went into his design was originally done under the roof of Epiphone in New York City.

Case sold separately.

Classic Styling for the Ages
The ultra classic 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar starts with the iconic Les Paul shape, still cut from the same legendary tooling specs as it was in the early days with a mahogany body and hand-set mahogany 24.75" scale neck. Like the original, the 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar features a rosewood fretboard with pearloid trapezoid inlays, a 1.68" nut, 22 jumbo medium frets, and Les' iconic signature on the headstock and truss rod cover.

The Roar of the Original P-90
Over the years, Les Paul enthusiasts have become so obsessed with the ˜Burst they often forget that many players first fell for the Goldtop during the guitar's P-90 era. Just like the original, the 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar features two cream soapbar P-90 Classic pickups that when combined with the mahogany body, give the Les Paul a familiar yet still totally unique timbre.

Epiphone Hardware Can't Be Beat
Epiphone always uses all-metal hardware including a 3-way toggle switch, a nickel LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and StopBar tailpiece, full function volume and tone knobs using full-size 500Kohm potentiometers, and premium die-cast 18:1 tuners.

FEATURES
Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Maple
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: C rounded
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Trapezoid
  • Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
Pickups
  • Configuration: SS
  • Neck: P-90 PRO
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: P-90 PRO
  • Brand: Epiphone
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Tuning machines: Die-cast
  • Color: Nickel
Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: None
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: China

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Epiphone1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 25 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (25)
  • Fun to play (23)
  • Good tone (23)
  • Good pick up (22)
  • Solid electronics (19)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (19)
  • Jamming (18)
  • Recording (18)
  • Rock concerts (15)
  • Small venues (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Epiphone Steps Up Their Game!

As a guitar collector & modder, I know the ins & outs of pickups, tone circuits, capacitors, etc.
And when this arrived I expected to have to have to...Read complete review

As a guitar collector & modder, I know the ins & outs of pickups, tone circuits, capacitors, etc.
And when this arrived I expected to have to have to rewire it, but it turned out NOT to be necessary.
The P90 PRO pickups are awesome and I would put them up against any after-market pickup in construction & tone.
The vital component on these is LONG A5 magnets - like vintage P90's.
The biggest shock was that this guitar comes with the 50's-style wiring configuration for authentic tone. While the tone purist may want to try different tone capacitors, it still sounds great out of the box.
All other features were top-notch Epiphone quality with the exception of one or two sharp fret ends, not razor sharp, just not as totally smooth as I like.
The Gold Top finish has a nice depth & shine, unlike previous versions of this guitar which had a somewhat shallow & dull looking gold. The color & grain of the back was also much nicer than previous 56GT's, being a deeper, richer vintage color. Finally, the 50's profile neck was absolutely fanatastic. I don't know why Epi doesn't use this neck on more of their guitars. Definitely not a "shredder" neck, it is much more suitable for anything you would want to play on a 50's style guitar - as in jazz, blues, rockabilly, country, classic rock. Far from being a "baseball bat", it's closer to an archtop neck, but slightly slimmer - you can move from this neck to an archtop neck to an acoustic neck and back again without completely readjusting your grip. I would consider this the ideal neck profile. (I have small hands and I had no problem playing on this neck).
I could go on all day about this axe but the bottom line is that it is the quintessential Les Paul guitar.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Electronic Guitar. Not necessarily!

It took no time at all getting my original order. It was a nice guitar. Beautiful except for the poor mounting job of the pickguard and the guitar did not make a sound when...Read complete review

It took no time at all getting my original order. It was a nice guitar. Beautiful except for the poor mounting job of the pickguard and the guitar did not make a sound when I plugged it in. Having purchased a case with it I had to ship the whole order back for an exchange. There was some confusion that a couple calls and some reassuring emails let me know my replacement would soon be here. Well. I just got it and after letting it acclimate to indoor temperatures I will say this. I like everything about Epiphones and I am familiar with their P-90 pickups. Its why I bought the guitar. The neck and body are great. The pickups and bridge hardware are great. The electronics on the original and replacement are horrible. The replacement had almost unresponsive volume pots and the rhythm tone pot was dead.Oh and the pickguard was misaligned on this one as well. I decided to keep this guitar as it is straight, a really beautiful guitar and everything is good except for the electronics which I will have to upgrade. I WILL keep the Epi P-90s. They really do sound sweet. When you can get electricity to them.

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(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Epiphone Steps Up Their Game!

By E.J.Williams, Jr.

from Upstate NY

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • 50's Style Wiring
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • A Couple Sharp Fret Ends

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

As a guitar collector & modder, I know the ins & outs of pickups, tone circuits, capacitors, etc.
And when this arrived I expected to have to have to rewire it, but it turned out NOT to be necessary.
The P90 PRO pickups are awesome and I would put them up against any after-market pickup in construction & tone.
The vital component on these is LONG A5 magnets - like vintage P90's.
The biggest shock was that this guitar comes with the 50's-style wiring configuration for authentic tone. While the tone purist may want to try different tone capacitors, it still sounds great out of the box.
All other features were top-notch Epiphone quality with the exception of one or two sharp fret ends, not razor sharp, just not as totally smooth as I like.
The Gold Top finish has a nice depth & shine, unlike previous versions of this guitar which had a somewhat shallow & dull looking gold. The color & grain of the back was also much nicer than previous 56GT's, being a deeper, richer vintage color. Finally, the 50's profile neck was absolutely fanatastic. I don't know why Epi doesn't use this neck on more of their guitars. Definitely not a "shredder" neck, it is much more suitable for anything you would want to play on a 50's style guitar - as in jazz, blues, rockabilly, country, classic rock. Far from being a "baseball bat", it's closer to an archtop neck, but slightly slimmer - you can move from this neck to an archtop neck to an acoustic neck and back again without completely readjusting your grip. I would consider this the ideal neck profile. (I have small hands and I had no problem playing on this neck).
I could go on all day about this axe but the bottom line is that it is the quintessential Les Paul guitar.

(17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BEST P90 GUITAR EVER!!!

By Kane

from Shawnee KS

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Pros

  • Amazing Pickups
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Killer Neck
  • Overall Value
  • Solid Electronics
  • Tuning Pegs

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

    Maybe the best guitar I've ever purchased. I'm not even talking about "for the money". I'm just talking about the overall guitar. The neck I love. For me the perfect neck. And the pickups on this thing are light years better than any P90 I've ever played. They are the perfect balance. Not overly ice picky trebly or too high output. I had almost given up on P90 guitars, but these sound exactly what I had always wanted a P90 to sound like. Amazing!
    Then the tuning pegs. Not only do they look so much better than chrome, they are very quality. There are so many killer things about this guitar.
    I plugged mine in right out of the box and after about ten minutes of letting the strings adjust and settle in .... forget about it. Stays in tune as well as any guitar I've played, and I've played a lot! :)
    I don't care nearly as much about finish, etc. as some do but as far as that goes it seems incredible to me.
    I just recently bought for the first time a Gibson 335 and then shortly after a Gibson Les Paul Standard(both used). While I have to admit that there is a certain psychological high to buying these, and don't get me wrong they are both incredible instruments, especially the LP Standard, just all the way rock solid! And the beautiful thing is .... that's exactly the way I feel about this guitar. I could have paid 4 or 5 times what I paid and I wouldn't even blink an eye. What Epiphone is doing with their craftsmanship and component quality on models like this at this price point is freaking amazing.
    I would recommend this guitar to anyone at any level. Forget the name and the price. This is one of the best guitars out there hands down!

    (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    More than worth the price.

    By MusicLover

    from Opelousas, LA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is what I expected. I own a Gibson Les Paul as well. When I picked this Epiphone up for the first time, I was sold on it. I had a small concern about these P90's not giving me the tone I wanted. To get to the point, they are staying on the guitar. I like the tone better than the Gibson Burstbuckers. I will never buy another new Gibson Les Paul. Prices are getting ridiculous on Gibson. Epiphone stays the same. It plays as easily as the Gibson. Maybe I like the neck even better. I did change to Sperzel locking tuners. No big deal cause I always do that on every guitar I buy. Also added straplocks.

      (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Maximum Bang for the Buck!

      By PartialtoMarshall

      from New Mexico

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

      Playability/Setup was a solid "GOOD" right out of the box. Finish was excellent with no flaws. The neck is a fatter "D" shape - something I did not think I would like. I changed my mind quickly however, because the shape imparts a satisfying meaty, solid feel and you can feel the body vibrate with the strings when a chord is struck. The P-90 pickups particularly impressed me. Overall they are fat and bold, yet they articulate with a silky sheen that I have not heard anywhere else. They can snarl and growl with overdrive but they can be clean and spanky, twangy or mellow, with plenty of kerrang. If I just HAD to find something to criticize I guess it would be the plastic covers on the back of the guitar - they are very thin feeling. That's my only gripe. You will pay literally 10 times this price for the same model of Gibson. I am sure the Gibson's PLEK, woods, and construction are worth the money but I am not sure it would sound better. The Epi looks good, sounds good, and plays good - it's a tremendous value in my opinion.

      (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Worth it!

      By Mark

      from Ohio

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming

        Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

        This is the latest incarnation of the '56 gold top by Epi. I had two of the previous models, both made in Korea, and they were ok, but nothing inspiring. This one is different, though.

        The biggest improvement for me is the pickups. These sound like real Gibson P-90's, not a cheap imitation. Epi says that they went back to using the long, Alnico 5 rod magnets, which probably accounts for most of the change in sound. The neck pickup is full and clear, but not overly bassy, like it used to be. Great for jazz, blues, or just about anything else. The bridge pickup is nice and fat, but still clear. Great for blues and classic rock, and even a little chicken pickin', if you attack the strings right. The perfect middle ground between Fender single-coils and a PAF-style humbucker. The setting with both pickups is my favorite. I play rockabilly, and these may just be the perfect pickups for that genre. I've owned high-end Gretsches and while they have their own unique sound, I think these P-90's are just as good. Everyone will find something to nitpick, I'm sure, just because it doesn't say "Gibson" on the headstock. If you compare the sounds of the two, though, I don't think you could tell a difference.

        Also, there were no sharp fret ends, no dead spots, and no intonation problems. The tuners are just ok, but they're about the same as the plastic ones that they put on the Gibsons. I may change them out at some point, but they do the job, for now.

        If you can afford the Gibson, then by all means, get the Gibson. You'll have a higher resale value, for sure. But, if you just want a well-built guitar that sounds good, then you can't go wrong with this one. You could buy four of these, cases included, for what you'd pay for one Gibson.

        Check one of these out before they disappear, again. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Guitar!!!

        By Blue waters

        from Minneapolis

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

          Okay, great to see this guitar back! I bought mine about seven years ago and I still love it. When Epiphone gets something right they really nail it! Make no mistake these guitars are fantastic. Great tone great action and the look is beautiful. I have other guitars but this is the one that stays out of the case. I play it everyday. The neck is so easy to play. The pickups sound great and I can't see any reason to replace them. This is a pro level guitar make no mistake. I play Blues and this guitar fits right in that style. I have used it to play out without problem. This is just one great guitar!

          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Pretty good for a LP

          By Rich BluesCannon

          from Germany

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • No Case

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

          Hey Guys I am not an LP guy. But this was too tempting and I bought one since I could not afford a 1956 LP Gibson. This is a good guitar and looks great. The PUP's are powerful and the guitar build is good. the price was great and I bought a second one in black. I evetually sold one to help cover the other. But this is a guitar being reissued again, mine is about five years old.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Unbelievable quality-all around winner

          By Ray

          from Maryland

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Responsive Pickups
          • Versatile tone

          Cons

          • 60 cycle hum...

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

          Out of the box, spot on. I was prepared to take it in for a full set-up, but it arrived set up flawlessly. Goldtop looks killer, and the neck feels just right in your hands, not too thick, chunky and clumsy like a lot of Gibson's I've played.
          Plugging in to my Orange TH-30, it gives exactly what you would expect from P90s, biting, growling, but bright- perfect for blues or rock. It handles gain very well, but always seems to maintain its unmistakable character; not quite Fender single coily but not really PAF territory either. The pickups respond to your nuances very well- pick lightly and it will clean right up, dig in and you can really hear them roar.
          Yes the pickups will hum, EVEN when you are in the middle position, but this never bothers me; it's part of the character of the guitar and can add a very nice vintage sound to your playing as well. This guitar manages to cover all of the sonic territory I need, it plays old blues just as well as it does punk (Social Distortion, anyone?) and is surely a keeper. Oh and it's under 500.
          If you want a great quality guitar for this price, buy it. You will not find better at this price range. If you want a guitar that can play blues, buy it. If you want to play rock, buy it. Punk? Buy it.
          Do not buy if:
          -You are a Gibson snob
          -You cannot stand single coil hum

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          One of the best guitars I ever owned

          By BlacKingCoal

          from West Virginia

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics
          • Total badassery

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

            30 years is how long i've been playing professionally. In that time I've owned hundreds (thousands?) of guitars. I bought one of these second hand years ago when they first came out. I loved it, and over the years I did modify it a good bit (phase switches, series switch, black pup covers and treble/rhythm ring) and I have to say, I gigged hundreds of times with it and it never once let me down. At all. Great action, great feel. I sold it last week and I'm really going to miss her. My shoulder has gotten too bad to hold the weight of it (yea, it's kinda heavy) and I still used it a lot in the studio, but I recently bought a second hand G400 SG and set it up the same way, and it weighs half of what this weighed (and is an awesome guitar also) and I wanted her played, so she was shipped out. Buy one today if you're thinking about it.

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Finally struck Gold!!!

            By Tony D.

            from Kansas City, KS

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

              RIght out of the box, look, feel and playability are excellent.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Honestly, this is an awesome guitar

              By JM60

              from Upstate New York

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

                This guitar was perfect right out of the box - really. I own quite a few guitars and I have to say this '56 Les Paul Pro Gold Top is impressive. Fit and finish are impeccable; and I would've found it hard to believe a factory set-up would be acceptable - there's always some tweaking to be done - but I've been playing this guitar for a couple of weeks now and have adjusted NOTHING! The P90's sound just awesome and it stays in tune regardless of relentless bluesy string-bending. Simply an awesome guitar.

                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Electronic Guitar. Not necessarily!

                By WireWhip

                from Joplin, Mo

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                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up

                Cons

                • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

                  It took no time at all getting my original order. It was a nice guitar. Beautiful except for the poor mounting job of the pickguard and the guitar did not make a sound when I plugged it in. Having purchased a case with it I had to ship the whole order back for an exchange. There was some confusion that a couple calls and some reassuring emails let me know my replacement would soon be here. Well. I just got it and after letting it acclimate to indoor temperatures I will say this. I like everything about Epiphones and I am familiar with their P-90 pickups. Its why I bought the guitar. The neck and body are great. The pickups and bridge hardware are great. The electronics on the original and replacement are horrible. The replacement had almost unresponsive volume pots and the rhythm tone pot was dead.Oh and the pickguard was misaligned on this one as well. I decided to keep this guitar as it is straight, a really beautiful guitar and everything is good except for the electronics which I will have to upgrade. I WILL keep the Epi P-90s. They really do sound sweet. When you can get electricity to them.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  P-90's rock!

                  By Whytlash

                  from Northwest Washington

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                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

                    After owning six Les Paul guitars, all with humbuckers, I decided I wanted to try something different. And different they are! These P-90's sound awesome! The bridge is very bright, but not overly so. The neck adds a lot of warmth, with an edge. They do respond well to your playing, and create a very nice tone, either clean or dirty.

                    The guitar itself is flawless. It looks awesome (I got the Goldtop), and sounds just as awesome. The guitar has a really nice feel, as does the neck. It's very comfortable and easy to play. The Goldtop has a medium red translucent back that is just gorgeous. Overall it is a heck of a deal for five bills!

                    If you're thinking about one of these, stop thinking and just do it. You'll be glad you did!

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    One of my "best bang for the buck" guitars; possibly best.

                    By Norm

                    from East Coast

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                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                    • Fret Buzz

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

                    The guitar is nearly flawless; a Gibson wouldn't be. Sometimes flaws give character though. With a polyurethane finish on the Epi, it could take tens of years to age... I would bring back nitrocellulose or butyrate if I were them...
                    Careful what you wish for: my action is low.
                    You may want to buy a case for it. Psychologically, it is hard paying one quarter the guitar price for the case... I like the guitar a lot.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Meaty Neck Profile

                    By Epiphone Dot User

                    from Orange, CA

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                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

                      Great choice if you want a moderately priced LP with a rounded, 50s style neck profile.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Les Paul Fan Now

                      By Timyak

                      from Franklin, TN

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                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Good Tone
                      • Solid Electronics

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Jazz Rock Blues Etc
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

                        I usually only played Teles and Strats but changed when I got this one. Love it more every time I pick it up. Solid great sounding guitar. Best part is that I picked it up on the Deal of the Day with the case for less than the current price. Thanks Musicians Friend!!

                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        A very fine addition to anyone;s arsenal.

                        By Walshlaird

                        from Detroit

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                        Pros

                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Feel
                        • Good Looks
                        • Good Pick Up
                        • Good Tone

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming
                          • Practicing
                          • Recording
                          • Rock Concerts
                          • Small Venues

                          Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

                          After a recent, very satisifying Epi Riviera P93 acquisition, I wanted to add a more traditional look and feel P90 equipped piece. The "56 Pro has not disappointed at all. It was somewhat of a deja vu opening the box as the look is very authentic 56 vintage. As is the case with any out of the box instrument, some adjustment was needed. Nothing involved. Change strings to a more appealing set and adjust the action height and that was it. It has classic P90 voicing which unfortunately includes some minor 60 cycle noise but it was promptly silenced with noise suppression so I didn't have to open it up and fuss with solder joints and electronics. It has that unmistakable glassy P90 tone in all settings and a classic vibe look. Exactly what I paid for.

                           
                          5.0

                          The Best Guitar That I've Ever Owned

                          By Jamie

                          from Norfolk, VA

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                          Pros

                          • Good Feel
                          • Good Pick Up
                          • Good Tone

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Jamming
                            • Recording
                            • Rock Concerts

                            Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

                            Not everyone is looking for the same thing but this guitar is perfect for me. The P90 Pro pickups are powerful and have a tight punchy growl that truly sing. The c-shaped neck is larger than I'm used to but extremely comfortable. The fit and finish is near perfect other than the trapezoid inlay on the 3rd fret is popping up on one of the corners. From my research, this is not uncommon amongst Gibson and Epiphone Les Paul's with large inlays. Rather than going through the hassle of mailing the guitar back to Musicians Friend and waiting for it to return, I'm going to repair it myself. Not a huge deal. Over the last 25 years, I have played over 100 different guitars from high end to low end and every brand you can think of. I always come back to Epiphone. Their value is truly defined by incredible quality with low prices. If you like Les Paul's and P90s than the 1956 Les Paul Pro is your guitar.

                             
                            4.0

                            Nice guitar with minor issues

                            By Citizen110

                            from Way out in the boonies.

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                            Pros

                            • Fun To Play
                            • Good Feel
                            • Good Tone
                            • Solid Electronics

                            Cons

                            • Fret Buzz

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

                              When I got this guitar I unpacked it, tuned it up and started playing it. The first thing I noticed was an unacceptable amount to fret buzz on certain notes. I figured out that some of the frets needed to be seated onto the fretboard. Other than that, no problems with playability. I like the thick neck profile. The guitar is heavy, but that's what you get with a Les Paul style guitar. The pickups definitely have that P90 sound I was looking for. It sounds great clean or distorted.

                               
                              4.0

                              Great guitar for the price

                              By nick

                              from Las Vegas

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                              Pros

                              • Fun To Play
                              • Good Feel
                              • Good Pick Up
                              • Good Tone
                              • Solid Electronics

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

                                  To start off, I'm not going to compare this to a PRS or a Custom Shop Gibson. That would be insane. As far as less expensive guitars go though, this is a fantastic one. The fit and finish were excellent. It is lighter than I expected it to be. The tuners are good. The G string holds tune better than any lower end Gibson I have owned. The pickups are very surprising. With both of them having similar output, you don't get excessive gain or volume with one over the other. Very smooth. The bridge pickup is a little thinner than I like, but the neck is nice and fat. I generally keep it in the middle position and turn the neck pickup down a bit to find a sweet spot. Overall, this is one of the best Epiphone Les Paul's I have played and I would definitely recommend checking it out.

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