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Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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 14:1 tuners.

FEATURES
  • Body: mahogany
  • Neck: mahogany
  • Neck Profile: SlimTaper
  • Fingerboard: rosewood with 22 medium jumbo frets
  • Scale: 24.75
  • Nut: 1.68"
  • Pickups: P-90s
  • Bridge: LockTone tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: StopBar
  • Controls: Full function volume and tone knobs for each pickup using full-size 500K O potentiometers
  • Case sold separately

Looking for P-90 tone in a cool package? Here it is. Order today.

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Epiphone1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar
 
5.0

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Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good pick up (8)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (8)
    • Practicing (7)
    • Recording (7)
    • Rock concerts (7)
    • Small venues (7)
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    5.0

    BEST P90 GUITAR EVER!!!

    By Shane Miller

    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!

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Worth it!

      By Guitarzan

      from Ohio

      About Me Experienced

      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.

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        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Epiphone Steps Up Their Game!

        By E.J.Williams, Jr.

        from Upstate NY

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        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.

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        (2 of 2 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.

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          (10 of 10 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.

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            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Guitar!!!

            By Bluewaters

            from St. Paul Mn.

            About Me Professional Musician

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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!

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              (10 of 10 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.

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              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Pretty good for a LP

              By Tucknfoldman

              from West Palm Beach, Florida

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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.

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