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Epiphone Collegiate Electric Guitar

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Show your team spirit!

Epiphone decks out this electric guitar with your choice of finish replicating the college's colors and logo of many of America's greatest alma maters. The classic single-cutaway body joins up to a mahogany neck with dot inlays, a 1.6" nut width, and 24-3/4" scale. One USA-designed covered humbucker.

FEATURES
  • Laminated alder/maple body
  • Mahogany neck with dot inlays
  • 1.6" nut width
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • One USA-designed covered humbucker
  • Includes gig bag
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4.0

(based on 42 reviews)

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Inspected? Twice?

I ordered the Oklahoma State version, not quite knowing what to expect, but I figured it would be a conversation piece anyway. When I opened the box, I was pleasantly surprised to see...Read complete review

I ordered the Oklahoma State version, not quite knowing what to expect, but I figured it would be a conversation piece anyway. When I opened the box, I was pleasantly surprised to see a lite gigbag included, with the OSU screened graphics as well. Also to my surprise, a logo strap was included, as well as an instrument cable. The guitar itself was very pretty, black with orange logo on the body. The finish seemed quite nice. Then I noticed the strings were nearly an inch off the fretboard! I quickly realized that the neck was not properly seated in the pocket, or that the neck screws had been pulled back out. I removed the neck, only to find that this was a plywood body, and there were all sorts of wood chips underneath. After cleaning out the neck pocket, I reattached the neck. One of the body-side screws felt a little stripped out, but the other 3 held tight. A few turns of the old flat tip had the bridge/string height set, and a few adjustments on the allen wrench had the intonation as close as reasonably possible, given the fixed saddles (you can adjust the bass/treble sides of the bridge, just not each string). After some serious string stretching, it started playing in tune, & actually sounded pretty gutsy. I played it at church a few days later, & got ribbed a bit by the OU fans, but the guitar did it's job.

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Considering the price, not too bad

I really bought this for eye candy ( I am an Illinois fan). For the positives, the setup was not bad- no buzzing at all but the action was too high for my...Read complete review

I really bought this for eye candy ( I am an Illinois fan). For the positives, the setup was not bad- no buzzing at all but the action was too high for my tastes. The graphics were nice, and the strap and screened gig bag was a nice touch. Negatives are the stock strings and tuning keys. The bridge pickup is not that bad, as I played it through a Peavey XXX, Crate palomino, and a pod XT Live through studio monitors. You can definitely get that warm Les Paul tone. Considering this is a alder/mahogany top and non-premium tonewood, I doubt a pickup upgrade is going to do that much. The neck is geared more for Rhythm playing, not shredding- but that is obvious. The tailpiece on this gives it some very nice sustain, perhaps better than a Tune-o-matic. Bottom line- replace the tuning keys and you have your self a decent back up axe that allows you to show your school pride.

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4.0

A lot of bang for your buck

By Freeleeday

from Lake Mary, FL

I bought this because of the majority of the reviews, the price, and I just wanted a cheap Epiphone to fiddle with. This thing sounds great, I was expecting it to sound pretty horrible and just use it as a mantle piece but I was greatly mistaken. Only downside is the stock strings were crap, but after changing them it sounds great.If you were thinking about getting one of these, do it. With this price and the quality you get, you can't go wrong. I may get another just for the heck of it.

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4.0

Get it set up and you'll be happy

By Moon Pie-YrMqB

from Oxford, Miss.

This goes for any cheap guitar right out of the box or off the shelf. I got this as a gift and it wouldn't stay in tune at all and didn't play so great. Duh. I took it to a very good shop (their main expertise is restoring classic guitars). I thought I'd need new tuners. Wrong! All it needed was a better nut. They replaced the nut and properly set up everything else. Now it plays and stays in tune GREAT. Anyone who expects an inexpensive guitar right out of the box to play great and complains about the "stock strings" is baffling to me.

 
2.0

FS ( no

By tallyguy

from Tallahassee, FL

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EPI Collegiate Logo guitar - Florida State (no "U") version. I bought it because I thought it was a clever way to display my support for my alma mater and to have a knock-about instrument to take with me on the road when I travel. Played through an EPI Valve Junior head and a cabinet with a 10" TT it sounded very good with surprising punch from the single humbucker. It sounded decent through a Blues Junior as well. However, the intonation was horrible. Nor would it stay in tune. Cosmetically it came with scratches in the chrome bridge and scuffs in the paint on the headstock. I have an LP, PRS, Tele, Strats, a Gretsch Nashville, and other makes. This would have been my first EPI. I know it is a cheap instrument, but I have a Dano that is just as cheap and it beats the Logo EPI by a mile in playability. I returned the Logo EPI.

 
5.0

Definitely worth the money!

By PIANOVETTE

from Plantsville, CT

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Did not go to the University of Conn, but as a Ct resident and guitar hobbyist, being primarily a keyboard player, I felt I had to get this Collegiate version of the Epiphone to show my Conn spirit. The fit and finish were awesome. Guitar in made in Cbina, but at that price, I don't think you could buy a no name brand at Walmart for that. Kudos for offering such a good deal on these guitars. Glad I was able to get the college I wanted before they were all gone.

 
3.0

Epiphone College Average Axe!

By Dutch Boy

from Illinois

The finish of this guitar is really appealing but that is where my liking it ends. This thing frets out on more than one string right out of the box, (how about setting it up a little bit Epi?). The frets are sharp and can possibly cut a finger when sliding. Even the graphic on the headstock is on crooked. Oh Well, what do you expect for this price Average at Best!

 
4.0

Great novelty gift, decent player

By Shane-gg7QK

from Gulf Shores, AL

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I bought this thing for a good friend on his birthday. Got the Alabama version. Roll f'in Tide, by the way. I'm the guitarist, he's not, so leave it to me to buy something I'd want. Anyway, this thing just looks cool. The finish and the logo look great. Yeah, the neck buzzes a little without a proper setup, and two pickups would be nice, but come on, it's a cheap guitar, we're not talking about a Gibson or a PRS here. For what you get, it is well worth the price. Th logo on the gigbag and th strap are a nice touch. Buy this for the football fan who has every other type of school logo gear. This is completely different, and will come as a shock, and will not be forgotten by the recipient.

 
5.0

Georgia Tech Les Paul Axe

By Randy Mullet-mcRFI

from Poulan, GA

My Georgia Tech Epiphone Collegiate arrived in perfect condition, flawless finish, perfect intonation, neck in perfect adjustment, and bearing the Epiphone Custom Shop logo and a "set up in America by Number 27" sticker. 27, you did a heck of a job.The bolt-on neck was a bit of a surprise but this is the first Les Paul model I've handled, so maybe that's standard, or maybe it's because of the laminated body. It was standard on Stratocasters around 1967, so it must be okay, right?I can't believe I got this guitar for cheap. After playing this one, I'd buy one with some other school's logo and spray it with Rustoleum just for the price. If I ever play a gig on a cruise ship I'll take this guitar with me, because no matter how it sounds, the bright yellow paint would be great for flagging down the Coast Guard.

 
4.0

patiently waiting

By Bula936

from Norfolk NE.

I got to play this guitar that belongs to friend of mine. I own four other Epiphone guitars, I thought it played great and sounded ok for a single pick-up axe. My only complaint is that they don't seem to have a Nebraska 'Cornhusker'guitar yet, but I'm waiting!

 
4.0

Not too bad...

By JoeCop126

from Marion, AR

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I saw the Arkansas Razorback model and had to get it. It has pretty good action. It is a little limiting due to the one pickup configuration, but all in all it plays pretty good. The guitar looks great and I get alot of comments on it.

 
4.0

Inspected? Twice?

By super20 Bari Man

from Newalla, OK

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I ordered the Oklahoma State version, not quite knowing what to expect, but I figured it would be a conversation piece anyway. When I opened the box, I was pleasantly surprised to see a lite gigbag included, with the OSU screened graphics as well. Also to my surprise, a logo strap was included, as well as an instrument cable. The guitar itself was very pretty, black with orange logo on the body. The finish seemed quite nice. Then I noticed the strings were nearly an inch off the fretboard! I quickly realized that the neck was not properly seated in the pocket, or that the neck screws had been pulled back out. I removed the neck, only to find that this was a plywood body, and there were all sorts of wood chips underneath. After cleaning out the neck pocket, I reattached the neck. One of the body-side screws felt a little stripped out, but the other 3 held tight. A few turns of the old flat tip had the bridge/string height set, and a few adjustments on the allen wrench had the intonation as close as reasonably possible, given the fixed saddles (you can adjust the bass/treble sides of the bridge, just not each string). After some serious string stretching, it started playing in tune, & actually sounded pretty gutsy. I played it at church a few days later, & got ribbed a bit by the OU fans, but the guitar did it's job.

 
4.0

cool if they have your team

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

features- well besides the graphic its got no speacil featuresquality- good guitar no problems but goes out of tune easyoveral- i gave it an 8 because of the fact it has very little features I have this guitar hangging in my room and dont play it much this guitar is mainly for its looks

 
5.0

Great Idea!

By Dylan

from Santa Cruz, CA

Being a BIG college football fan, this is a GREAT idea. For the price, it's a great deal. Essentially, it's a Les Paul Junior so there's not much to say about that. It plays well and stays in tune. The pickup is good and the controls are smooth. As a novelty item, it's perfect. As a guitar, it's a basic one but if you want to upgrade by adding a better pickup or tuners, you can. The lifetime warranty is a PLUS.

 
5.0

Nice Looking Guitar

By Hans-NFe70

from Chicago

I was surprised that the guitar finish and look was virtually perfect - not even a small scratch or error. It is holding tune nicely, and the neck seems pretty fast. The Guitar's overall feel is heavy and glossy, and the range of sounds is limited. It looks and plays fine, but is very one-dimensional. It certainly holds its own with the other guitars available in this price range, and is a nice conversation piece. I am glad I bought it, but am not sure whether to hang it on the wall or lug it around for the few songs it can be used on. It will look great either way.

 
3.0

Considering the price, not too bad

By Smitty-P_zmA

from Hermitage, TN

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I really bought this for eye candy ( I am an Illinois fan). For the positives, the setup was not bad- no buzzing at all but the action was too high for my tastes. The graphics were nice, and the strap and screened gig bag was a nice touch. Negatives are the stock strings and tuning keys. The bridge pickup is not that bad, as I played it through a Peavey XXX, Crate palomino, and a pod XT Live through studio monitors. You can definitely get that warm Les Paul tone. Considering this is a alder/mahogany top and non-premium tonewood, I doubt a pickup upgrade is going to do that much. The neck is geared more for Rhythm playing, not shredding- but that is obvious. The tailpiece on this gives it some very nice sustain, perhaps better than a Tune-o-matic. Bottom line- replace the tuning keys and you have your self a decent back up axe that allows you to show your school pride.

 
4.0

Ugly - but hey.

By Kidmag

from San Diego, CA

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This is to be my travel guitar, tossed around, kept in the car, thrown onto the plane, and generally not love. etc. etc. But I really like the feel of the neck, it's like a 59 roundback, nice chunky size. Mine stays in tune nicely, with good intonation. The nut and neck were set up nicely, so all I had to to was adjust the bridge height. The single pup is fine, nothing special. It's ugly as sin as since I bought the CU one, I plan on painting the top black to get rid of the CU graphic and probably plastering stickers all over it (don't worry about tone - it's already covered in a thick layer of polyurethane). But for the price, I can't complain! it's great deal, and seriously I like the feel of it. I've played guitar for 15+ years, and have some very very fine guitars in my stock. This thing is a different deal, but again I couldn't be happier- for a first guitar, this would be a great choice for someone. Or if you used to playing crappy holes where fear of getting your gear stolen is real, this could be a very serviceable back-up.

 
1.0

Wrong color for my wall.

By Bigfiddle

from Texas

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Opened the box to find all the zippers on gig bag broke, gig bag is to small for guitar, dents and paint flaws on upper front edge of body and front edges of headstock. Plugged it in and got nothing but a loud hum. Opened back to find ground not soldered to jack. Did the best setup possible and installed new strings. Sounds terrible and will not stay in tune. If it where white and orange like it shound be I'd hang it on the wall and forget about it. No pics were posted on the website when I ordered it. I'm done here!

 
4.0

Not bad for Graphics Designs

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is your typical epiphone les paul but with custom collegiate graphics. The sound is still epiphone but the design is alma mater pride. A great value - I played my friend's Gator guitar.

 
5.0

A big suprise!

By Ryan

from Los Angeles, CA

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I purchased this Florida Gators guitar as really just a joke because it looked so stupid. I figure it would just get some good laughs out of people when they saw it being played on stage. However, once I plugged this guy in...all I can see is I was totally amazed! For the price, I figured the guitar to play terrible and even more SOUND terrible! I WAS WRONG!I also play a Gibson SG Faded, and this little Epiphone has better sound then a guitar 10 times the price. It's brighter, louder, thicker and has more sustain to the sound. I'm playing the guitar through a Peavey 5150 and Carvin 4x12 cab, and it gets a nice thick and crunchy metal sound. I'm probably going to put an EMG 81 in it, but take this Epiphone pickup and put it in my Gibson SG since it sounds better!I highly suggest this guitar. You will buy it just for fun, but will end up liking it!

 
3.0

decoration item!!! :(

By Mr. Dude-uAhsK

from New Jersey

i am a guitarist and for my dads b-day bought this for him. it was a complete waist! The guitar is strictly a decoration item. The frets buzz and its is constantly out of tune. I guess you get what you pay for!

 
4.0

A good deal

By Blueszman

from Winfield, AL

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I have to say, I was weary about purchasing this guitar. I have played Epiphones at my local music shop and have been disappointed with the set-up/quality. This guitar was a welcome surprise. When I received it I had to tune and stretch the strings, but when I got it tuned up, it was intonated very close. I am well pleased with this purchase and this guitar is well worth the money.

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