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Epiphone Elitist Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar   

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This is an instrument that approaches custom shop perfection. The Elite series instruments are made with premium woods, fitted with American pickups ...Click To Read More About This Product

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From a new top-of-the-line Epiphone series.

This is an instrument that approaches custom shop perfection. The Elite series instruments are made with premium woods, fitted with American pickups and circuitryā€¯even American-made toggle switches and Grover tuners. All they lack are the nitrocellulose finishes of their Gibson counterparts. They are 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. It features a bookmatched maple top on a bookmatched mahogany back and is fully American equipped.

FEATURES
  • 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
  • 1-11/16" bone nut
  • 50SR USA humbucker rhythm pickup
  • 60ST USA humbucker treble pickup
  • 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way switch
  • Nickel hardware
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4.9

(based on 34 reviews)

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Class Act

Impeccable! Flawless! Unsurpassable componants and craftmanship, AND, most importantly, sound.I have been searching for the "right" guitar for me. Thanx to M.F., I have been able to do...Read complete review

Impeccable! Flawless! Unsurpassable componants and craftmanship, AND, most importantly, sound.I have been searching for the "right" guitar for me. Thanx to M.F., I have been able to do this pretty much froom the comfort of my own home.I have tried Gibsons (great sound, neck too big) Fenders, and specialty axes with EMGs (too crunchy for my style). What I needed was an Epi with Gibson pick ups. But, I swear, if I were to cover the headstock and you were to play this thing, you wouldn't know it was a Gibson until I removed the covering. It's the most beautiful guitar and I really don't believe that anyone but a conissuer could tell whether my top is AA Maple or not. I feel certain that the price and value on this instrument will be raising (other internet sites are already charging 100 to 150 more for it than M.F. does right now).The only thing comparable in the Epi line is the Custom. I tried one in Black while waiting (and waiting) for this guitar, and it truley looks and sounds great. I liked it so much that I almost cancelled my order for the Elitist (but I'm sure glad, I didn't). Kudos to M.F. for "bringing it," and bravo Eppiphone! I know "Epi" would be proud.

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Don't believe the hype!

I was amazed when I tried this instrument out at a local music store and couldn't believe how over-rated all the other reviews are. I use to have a Gibson Les Paul Studio and...Read complete review

I was amazed when I tried this instrument out at a local music store and couldn't believe how over-rated all the other reviews are. I use to have a Gibson Les Paul Studio and it blows this thing away. The Gibsons use higher quality rosewood (darker) and treatment for the fretboard. Also, a major eye candy factor is that the inlays are better than on the Epiphone Elitists. The Epi inlays looked like they use the left over m.o.p. (not up to par for a real Gibson). Believe me, a used Gibson is way better, or go with the Gibson Les Paul Vintage! ALSO, and this really bothered me, the volume/tone knobs on this particular 'new' Elitist Standard were cheap and looked more like factory second hardware.

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5.0

Awesome guitar!!!

By Zeewilly

from Massachusetts

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I love this guitar. It gives you that classic Gibson Les Paul sound and feel, without the Gibson price tag. My Honeyburst is awesome -- fit and finish are top notch, and you can play everything from classic hard rock to jazz and heavy metal with this guitar. The humbuckers sound great, and the neck is surprisingly easy to work up and down the scale on. Mine was playable right out the case, although I found the setup to be too low and strings too light.

 
5.0

Sweet Guitar

By Believe it

from Leander, TX

I was a bit nervous about the 'specially made by Gibson but not used in any Gibson guitar' pickups. I was very pleased with the sound quality when I plugged it in. For the price I paid, this guitar surpasses expectations for playability and quality of workmanship. The neck feels sweet, the finish is nice, and it stays in tune out of the box. Plays great, sounds good, looks great!

 
5.0

Scintillating and gorgeous

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

You'd have to be a fool or just wealthy to pay twice as much for a Gibson, based on some vanished notion of American quality. This guitar has better tuners, every bit as sweet of workmanship and inlays and is set up better than any of the numerous Gibson standards I played before settling on the Elite. I was a little leery of ordering a guitar without playing it, but there's not a snowball's chance in hell I'll send this one back. Bury me with my Epi.

 
5.0

Awesome

By Steven-8.r4e

from Morgantown, Indiana

This guitar is great! I play in a band and I have 2 other guitars, but most of the time I pick this little beast up and play it. I keep telling myself I need to use my other guitars, but I just keep coming back to this awesome guitar!

 
5.0

A real 'players' guitar

By Black dog bob

from Queensland Australia

As a professional musician, I've played and owned a lot of guitars, The Epiphone Elitist Les Paul Standard ( Lefty )is one of the finest I've owned & used. I truly recomend to anyone looking for serious 'players' guitar to play both the Gibson & the Epi...then buy the Epi. it plays,handles and feels BETTER than it's older Gibson brother. It's much friendlier to play, has the same hardware, produces the same sound & was designed by the same man ( Les Paul )In my opinion it's better value for money, & for the real musicians out there..remember, you're buying a sound...not a name !

 
5.0

Elitists the best

By Tulsaslim

from tulsa, ok

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This is my 2nd Elitist. I also have an LP elitist studio. I absolutely love them. The quality is superb. You will never convince me that it's worth paying an extra grand for a Gibson. Don't take my word for it. See for yourself. Personally, if Gibson's sold for the same price I can't see anything superior on the Gibsons except the nitro finish (and that is not that important to me).The only negative thing I can say is that both of my elitists needed a setup and a fret job, dispite the manufacturer's claim to the contrary. (However, my guitar tech told me he gets new Gibsons all the time that need setups and fret jobs,too). I'm not holding this against Epiphone. I bought two new Fenders this year and they both needed setups & fretwork. (I'm beginning to think that this is just the way it is with CNC-made necks). But it's a cheap price to pay when you consider the amazing deal MF gives you on these guitars.If the name on the headstock is worth a grand to you, buy a Gibson. If you want the same guitar for half the price, buy an Epiphone Elitist.I will never sell either one of mine.

 
5.0

Best for the money....just awesome craftsmanship!!

By Makin' Devo

from MI

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This is my first electric guitar, but I have been learning on a acoustic for several years. I opened the case and I was (still am) amazed at the quality of the finish and the beautiful appearance of the faded cherry burst. Plugged it in and the American bucks have a hornswaggling sound. Just add a touch of reverb and its ready for anything that I can think of. The setup is perfect. The Les Paul neck and body combo is a perfect fit for any human hands. I would buy another...if they weren't sold out.

 
5.0

Everything and an order of fries !

By SexyGibson

from Gaffney, S.C.

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I chose the Elitist over the Gibson Studio. I knew my Epiphone Standard played well and after playing the Gibson I knew the Elitist was for me. The Elitist has the slim taper neck while the Studio has a chunky 50's style, much too big for taste. I was taken with the beauty of this guitar as soon as I opened the case, which is also beautiful. Its not a heavy guitar as others have claimed. It actually feels a bit lighter than my Korean built Epi. Others have complianed about the pickups also but I think they compare well with the 496r/498t that I have in my other Epi. I will not change them. If MF still has the Elitist at these prices after the holidays I may just get myself another !

 
5.0

Epiphone Elitist Les Paul Standard

By MrRnFR

from Madison, WI

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I have had mine for about a week now. This guitar is awesome! It totally blows away my Washburn P2. The fit, finish, electronics are to notch. It sustains forever! I almost missed out on getting one of these, because 2 days after I ordered mine, they were sold out!

 
5.0

one word: LEGENDARY!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

The Elitist series is the only guitars from Epiphone that I will buy! American made everything! Great feel and sound, it is well worth the price! Half as much as a similar Gibson Les Paul Standard! Rock On, Horns Up!

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