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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...Read More

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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, 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.

Vintage look and classic Les Paul P-90 tone.

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
 
4.8

(based on 18 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (18)
  • Good pick up (18)
  • Fun to play (17)
  • Good tone (17)
  • Solid electronics (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (15)
  • Jamming (14)
  • Recording (14)
  • Rock concerts (12)
  • Small venues (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (4)

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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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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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Electronic Guitar. Not necessarily!

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from Joplin, Mo

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Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

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    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.

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    5.0

    P-90's rock!

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    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!

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      5.0

      Unbelievable quality-all around winner

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      from Maryland

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      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

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      5.0

      One of the best guitars I ever owned

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      from Dark Hollow, WV

      About Me Professional Musician

      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.

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        5.0

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

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        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.

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        5.0

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

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        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.

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very Nice!

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        from Mi

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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:

            Right On EPI. Get one!!!!!!!!!!!!

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            5.0

            Beautiful Guitar!

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            from Coloma, MI

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar:

              Beautiful guitar, great sound and feel. P-90s have that sound.
              Set up was pretty good overall. Action just a little high for my taste, but not an issue.
              Great guitar for the price.

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              5.0

              Les Paul Fan Now

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              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!!

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                4.0

                A very fine addition to anyone;s arsenal.

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                from Detroit MI

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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.

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