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The holy grail of Les Pauls for a fraction of the cost.
The Epiphone Elitist Les Paul '57 Goldtop Electric Guitar has a classic metallic antique gold finish that's dazzling under the stage lights. The original hard maple top, bookmatched mahogany back, and set mahogany neck provide the Epi Elitist Les Paul with the classic feel and resonance of the widely sought-after '57 Goldtop. Gibson-made USA humbuckers deliver growling sustain and solid punch.
Gibson '57 Goldtop reissues with almost identical woods and electronics sell for up to 3 times as much. Now's your chance to go for the gold!
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My new Epiphone Elitist Les Paul 57 Goldtop arrived in excellent condition. I couldn't be happier. A very impressive guitar indeed. The craftsmanship is out of this world. Worth every penny I paid and more. I did replace the pickups with Seymour Duncans but that was just for my preference. I would fully recommend this guitar to anyone wanting a quality product. Good work Epiphone.
I just got this guitar today at 10:00 Am and ive yet to put it down today (its 8 right now). I Played it and said "Are you sure this is the right price." It sounded amazing in the store. Im not a talented guitarist but in the store I blew everyone away with this guitar. It handles well with tons of distortion and it sounds great clean. It can be used for tons of types of music. The finish suits this guitar very well. I would recomend this guitar to anyone who wants a playable guitar that sounds good and is really fun to mess around with.
This is the Epiphone Elitist Les Paul '57 Goldtop. Overall, I truly believe that I would not be satisfied with any other guitar. This guitar has the nicest finish you can find on any Epiphone Les Paul. The neck is as smooth as can possibly be and the 60ST USA humbucker in the bridge and 50SR USA humbucker in the neck position are both hot pickups. The action on this guitar is very low and was setup perfectly right from the store. I walked into my local guitar store expecting to buy a Jackson Flying V and I ended up walking out with this and I am very pleased that I did so. The great thing about this guitar is that it can handle almost any genre of music: from rock to blues to jazz to super crunchy metal. I, myself mainly use it for metal but occasionally you will find me playing jazz. My only complaint is that the guitar will occasionally go out of tune, but besides that it is perfect.
I had been eyeing the elitist series for awhile before my wife bought me this guitar last summer. I had recorded on many Gibson models(studio, custom) and was wanting to save up for another Gibson. The guitar plays well plugged, or unplugged. The neck feel substantial and the sustain is great. I play it through a Marshal JCM 900 halfstack or a Peavey Bandit 112 and both sound amazing. I have a Gibson Flying V, and an Ace Frehley Les Paul.. but honestly I haven't taken them out of the case to play them since I got this Elitist Gold Top.
I had been eyeing the elitist series for awhile before my wife bought me this guitar last summer. I had recorded on many Gibson models (studio, custom) and was wanting to save up for another Gibson. The guitar plays well plugged, or unplugged. The neck feel substantial and the sustain is great. I play it through a Marshal JCM 900 halfstack or a Peavey Bandit 112 and both sound amazing. I have a Gibson Flying V, and an Ace Frehley Les Paul.. but honestly I haven't taken them out of the case to play them since I got this Elitist Gold Top.
it's basically a gibson with a weird headstock and with epiphone slapped across the headstock.I collect guitars and the only thing i dislike about the elitist epiphone series is the headstock looks silly and the bridges buzz to much the gibson ABR-1 and Nashville tune-o-matic systems are to flimsy for me the posts are to thin and i get allot of buzzes i like the epiphone tune-o-matic bridges they have thicker posts and a fine adjustment screw slot on the top so i can get the action just right.the main thing that bothers me though as a collector is the headstock.other than all that nice playing guitar sounds good but iv got no time for it.
I am reviewing the Epiphone Elitist Les Paul 57 Goldtop, I bought this about four months ago. I play this through my Marshall MG 30DFX Combo. This guitar is a work of visual perfection, the wood grain on the back is stunning and clearly shows the care taken in the wood selection that went into making this instrument. I also own an Epiphone Les Paul Standard and an Epiphone G-400, A PRS SE, and Ibanez AXS42 and a Fender Standard Telecaster, all high quality mid-priced guitars, and this one is definitely a cut above. The sound coming out of the pickups is much crisper and clearer than any other guitar I own, it?s a great vintage sound. For the price of one of these, I just can?t see why anyone would buy a Gibson at twice the price unless they just want the name on the headstock. Yes, there is an obvious difference between a Standard Epi Les Paul and a Standard Gibson, but not so much between this Elitist and a Gibson, certainly not a thousand dollars worth of difference. This guitar is all about the value, pure and simple. As far as the sound of the guitar itself goes, it?s pure vintage. Probably not the best Metal guitar but great for Classic Rock, Alternative, Jazz or Blues, great clean tones and good with mild distortion. The fretboard is fast and smooth, and the rosewood is dark, almost black. I just cant stress how much the quality really shows on this guitar, you have to play it to understand, and once you do, the allure of a Gibson just won?t be there any more.
I had every intention of purchasing a Gibson Les Paul. However, the store manager, a long time friend, took me aside and showed me the Elitist Series Epi. It wasn't a typical Epi and the quality showed. Body manufactured in Japan, there wasn't all of the small spliced in pieces of wood seen on the lesser priced Epi's. That makes a big difference.Since I planned on doing mods to the guitar I wasn't put off by drilling out a $3,000.00 Gibson. After installing large thread inserts and bridge thumb screws/Tone Pro-Graphtec bridge with 2 1/2 oz 59 Les Paul tailpiece, Sperzal locking tuners and upgraded tone pots, I have a Les Paul that has more sustain, tone and sole then $3,000.00 models. This Guitar Rocks! Stock Pick Ups are very good as well.I am a very happy camper!
WOW! This is a GREAT guitar. My wife bought it for my b-day. I was blown away! This guitar totally ranks up there with the gibson's. The neck is great, very fast action. My brother has a gibson les paul studio, this guitar blows it away. For the money, it's the best Les paul available that's not a gibson. Buy it!
Well, after playing Gibson Les Pauls for the last 5 years, I decided to spring for an Elitist Goldtop, and I am very impressed and satisfied. I received mine today from Musicians Friend, and sitting beside my Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Custom, I find myself reaching for the Elitist over the Gibson. Why??? Nothing against the Gibson....it's a terrific guitar. But for a third of the price, I feel like I got a better deal with the Elitist. Not to mention, the pickups in the Elitist sound SO much better than the pups in the Gibson. Distorted, the Elitist sounds glorious! Not to mention, I like the neck better on the Elitist, and it plays wonderfully. I put my Gibson on Ebay a few days ago, anticipating that I would like the Elitist better. Well, I LOVE the Elitist, and I'm about to place an order for an Elitist LP Custom. Look, I'm well over the "Gotta have a Gibson" stage. I'm professional, and I need quality tools. The Elitist line has surpassed my expectations, and they truly are professional guitars for professional players. Kudos to Epiphone!