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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...Read More

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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

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Elite Les Paul Custom Wine Red

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.....

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Les Paul Custom Elite Wine Red

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

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Epiphone Les Paul Custom Elite Wine Red

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.....

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Epiphone les paul elitist

By Unnamed User-gidt0

from with the girlfriend

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.


Amazing Guitar

By elitist_believer

from CA

Just received my alpine white custom Elitist LP and I couldn't believe the incredible sustain and creamy lead sounds I got out of the neck pickup. I've 2 EC-1000s, which are great guitars, but can't match the tone of this one -- I'm amazed at how good the gibsons sound vs my JB/59 or EMG 60/81 setups. Glad I snagged one of the final alpine whites before they ran out. :)


Buy. This. Guitar.

By Jimmy Fowl-Owl

from New York City, NY

I spent my last few Dinner Dollars on the Beautiful Epiphone Elitist LP Custom in Ebony. I?ve always wanted the Black Beauty look and sound, but don?t have a house to mortgage. I?m very picky about tone and I was worried about compromising. That said, the Elitist is the best LP I have ever played.Firstly, it?s heavy as hell. And the solid body tells in the sound. I play through a Marshall Valve State 120 and the sound is so big and rich it makes me afraid. It also has a very clear register, every note is audible and the natural harmonics resonate.Secondly the finish is absolutely amazing. Gibson Custom Shop Black Beauty is the only LP I?ve played that compares in terms of finish. I kid you not. Many newer Gibson?s, particularly some of the lower models, are made pretty badly, with sharp fret edges and gaps in the finish. The overall finish on my Elitist was near perfect. The only issue I had with the Elitist was that its tone was deeper than I would have liked, so I?ll probably change the Pups to BKP's. If you live on 5th avenue and are looking for a centre piece for your lounge so you look rock and roll, buy a Gibson CS LP. If you believe guitars should be played till the neck wears out, Buy. This. Guitar.


Very nice axe and at a great price

By Loalow

from Missouri

This guitar is every bit as great as it's more expensive cousin and you won't know the difference unless you really know what to look for, so if money isn't an option, but a Gibson, but if you want the best for a great price, this IS your best option>

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent Guitar

By Oldschool0943

from Menominee, MI

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.


Nice Guitar

By Doc-5sJ2e

from Seattle, WA

I've always wanted a les paul. I tried a few other epiphones and none really grabbed me. I took a flyer and bought this one on the internet. It's an awesome guitar and I love playing it.



By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

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!!!!

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