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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
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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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.
i bought one of these in alpine white a little over a year ago. i cant believe what i ended up with! i wanted an original Gibson but my budget only aloowed the Epiphone. i didnt have very high expectations when i took it home to plug it in. after 20 minutes of playing this guitar i was in love and more excited than i have been over any other guitar. the only thing i changed was the pickups. i put in a Dimebucker in the bridge and duncan neck pickup from one of my Jacksons. the intonation is dead on from the factory, though i still tune mine to "E" flat. i use regular slinky strings and i play through a Line6 spider 3 HD150 half stack. i lowered the action just a slight bit and the result was awesome!! this is the best guitar on the market as far as i am concerned Epiphone could easily ask more money for this guitar.
i recently purchased this guitar, and i have to say it not only impressed me it made me want to through away my fender telecaster. this guitar is a marvel to play let alone to look at, it's beautiful and the bright tone makes it easy to play any type of music. BUY IT!!! IT'S SO WORTH IT!!!
This guitar has great quality and great features, the guitar is amazing the look and feel of it, it's just great.
I bought this guitar and argued with my wife over the purchase, because it was not the actual Gibson. I am very picky, and this guitar has delivered. I have owned mine about a year now, dropped it on a concrete floor and picked it back up and kept playing, its solid, sounds good, wiring is good. I want another.
This is the best guitar I have ever owned. The first day I purchased it, my neck strap broke and the guitar fell to concrete flat. I thought it was over. The guitar suffered nothing, I have been playing on it for two years since without any repairs needed. The tone is incredible, I usually play without effects straight through my tubes.
I am a Gibson kind of guy and my fovorite is my old ES-345 Stereo. I got the elitist Les Paul in Wine Red with beautiful wood shining at me and put some Gold gibson speed knobs on to match the hardware! The cats in Japan make one great looking and sounding LP! Scary quality!!!!-Love it!
This guitar is one of a kind after I`ve seen guitarist Frank Iero from My Chemical Romance perform with it, I fell in love with it right away. This guitar is the best in everythig. Quality, Features, Value, etc. It is a great instrument.
The epiphone elitist is the best guitar i have ever played because of its amazing tone and the quality of its sound. It is a good guitar for any type of music I mainly use mine for rock. I have tried many custom gibson les pauls and the elitist sounds way better.
I bought this guitar on a whim. A friend of mine in California who owns two white Customshop gibsons and a Gibson supreme in alpine white bought this guitar from another friend and I got a GREAT deal on it. Wow.The guitar plays amazingly. Better than any Gibson under the Standard Series and as good all the way up through the line. Sounds as good. Looks better than most Gibsons.The bottom line: plays sounds feels and looks as good and BETTER than most Gibsons at a fraction of a price. My main guitar. For pics of mine, check out www.myspace.com/Adison (I'm the guy with the Alpine white Elitist les paul custom).BUY THIS GUITAR. THE RED ONE IS TOO GOOD TO PASS UP!
About 3 months ago I bought this guitar, and I love it. I have many other guitars and I still only play my LP custom elite. It was awesome, because I actually wanted an LP custom and when I went to pick it up I think where I got it from screwed up and gave me an Epi LP custom elite for the price of an LP custom. Anyway, this is the best guitar ever, it puts out a great well rounded, rich, and warm sound. It is really good for soloing and still sound just as perfect for rhythm. If you're looking to get an LP custom, save your money and get an elite. If you don't, you'll be sorry you didn't!! I guarantee it!