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Epiphone Elitist Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar
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The Epiphone Elitist Les Paul Electric Guitar is an instrument that approaches custom shop perfection. The Elite series guitars are crafted with prem...Click To Read More About This Product
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A premium LP with showtime looks.
The Epiphone Elitist Les Paul Electric Guitar is an instrument that approaches custom shop perfection. The Elite series guitars are crafted with premium woods, fitted with American pickups and circuitry--even American-made toggle switches and Grover tuners--they're made at a special factory devoted to their manufacture where they receive a high degree of hands-on luthier attention. This model upholds the Paul legacy with distinction. The Epiphone Les Paul features a bookmatched maple top on a bookmatched mahogany back and is fully American equipped. It takes a step up from the Standard with 24K gold-plated hardware, large block neck inlays, and headstock inlay.
- Bookmatched maple top
- Bookmatched mahogany back
- One-piece mahogany neck set at the 16th fret
- 24-3/4" scale
- Rosewood fretboard
- 22 frets
- Grover tuners
- 24K gold-plated hardware
- 1-11/16" bone nut
- 50SR USA humbucker rhythm pickup
- 60ST USA humbucker treble pickup
- 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way switch
Reviewed by 50 customers
Brought the above Les Paul recently to replace my 2007 Chinese Epipi Custom, its a 2002 model in A1 condition in fact its looks like its just come out of the factory. Plays like a Gibson but 1/2 the price, have checked the web-site relating to the guitar and all comments relate to you just picked up a bargain. Been playing electric for 4 years and have built up quite a arsenal (well 4 Guitars actually) and this one is pride of place well done Epiphone and Japan
Just purchased the above in mint condition even though its 10 years old, I don,t think this guitar has ever left the case, I traded in my Epiphone Les Paul Custom HCS for this guitar and it plays like a dream and from the forums I have visited on the web it looks like I have got a bargain. So if you ever come across one of these models and you think you are selling your selfshort because its a Epip think again these are top notch guitars from Japan and are on par with any Gibson.....
I received my Elitist the other day. I don't need to get through the honeymoon period to review this guitar. The pick ups are very good dark when I want it, clear when I need it, raunchy when I must have it! It arrived in primo condition, not a mar scratch or fret out of place. These guitars from Japan rival any U.S.A manufacturer. I wish that was not so. I own a Gibson Lp studio and a Fender U.S.A Tele, and Strat and this guitar is as good or better than them. Don't get me wrong love my Gibby. The fit and finish of the Elitist is just that Elite. I usually mod my guitars to my liking but no need here. I will lower the strings a smidge and put Ernie Balls slinky 10's on and that is it. The case that comes with is high quality. It may cost a little more than a Standard grade of guitar but worth every penny. If you want a great quality, great playing guitar, get the Elitist.
This is the greatest les paul I have ever played. the tone and sustain is amazing, and i cant believe it was only 1000 dolars.It is just as good (if not better) than any les paul ive ever played. And it is waaay beteer than the studio. The pant job is flawless and was set of perfectly. dont hesitate, BUY THIS GUITAR!!!!
I bought this guitar a few years ago and to be honest I was thinking it's an epiphone how good can it be. let me tell it feels better and plays better than the Gibson les paul custom that I have.
Just a follow up regarding my newly acquired Elite Les Paul, I already have a Gibson model and there is hardly any difference between the 2, well the Gibson just shades it but price wise the Elite is the better value for money, and with these guitars now discontinued watch the price go up, so if you have one of these guitars keep it safe and in good condition and watch the value grow, and the win win situation is, you have a great guitar on par with a Gibson Les Paul standard.....
If you blindfolded me and handed me a Gibson LP Custom and an Elitist LP Custom then let me play each for an hour, I'd probably pick the Elitist. The pickups they put in that guitar sound much hotter and the body contour feels much more comfortable! Love it.
I bought mine a year ago and am completely satisfied. Not as heavy as my Historic Les Paul Custom but now that I changed the pickups to Gibson classics I really can't tell the sonic difference! It sounds as sweet as my Historic and plays as well. My only squabble is the case doesn't match the neck pitch,so the headstock touches the bottom of the case. All in all kudos to Epiphone! I'm buying another one in white.
About an hour changing strings (junked the factory "custom lights" - too wimpy/buzzy, and installed Elixir light gauge) adjusting the action (set way too low) and pickup height (bridge PU too close, neck PU too far) has this baby screaming. This model is even more well-constructed and noticably "hotter" than the standard Epiphone LP line thanks to the USA electonics, and the sustain is improved by the maple (rather than alder) top. The wine red finish is sexy, fretwork and fingerboard are superb and the neck is fast. Most of all, the sound kicks some serious hi-end! Wailing feedback's a cinch with the right amp and/or distortion unit (I've been using a little Fender Champ DSP). Cool it off a little for some nice dirty blues licks (Strat? what Strat?), or you can go real mellow for a smooth jazz sound. Why buy Gibson, unless you just gotta have the name.
Great sound comprable to a higher end Gibson at a third of the price. Just received the Custom and am truly impresed with the great tonality.