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Epiphone Elitist Les Paul Standard Plus Electric Guitar   

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The Epiphone Elitist Les Paul Standard Plus Electric Guitar has it all: rich, smooth tone, sustain, and versatility. The Elitist series instruments a...Read More

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

The Epiphone Elitist Les Paul Standard Plus Electric Guitar has it all: rich, smooth tone, sustain, and versatility. The Elitist series instruments are made with premium woods, fitted with American pickups and circuitry -” 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 exclusively devoted to their manufacture where they receive a high degree of hands-on luthier attention. This model represents the Paul legacy with distinction. It features a bookmatched flamed maple top on a bookmatched mahogany back and is fully American equipped.

FEATURES
  • Bookmatched flamed maple top
  • Bookmatched mahogany back
  • One-piece mahogany neck set at the 16th fret
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 22 frets
  • Grover tuners
  • Nickel 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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4.9

(based on 69 reviews)

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Almost a True Les Paul

Just bought mine about a month ago from GC in Lincoln. Right off the bat the first thing I noticed about the guitar was it's stunning beauty. It's one sexy guitar that's for damn...Read complete review

Just bought mine about a month ago from GC in Lincoln. Right off the bat the first thing I noticed about the guitar was it's stunning beauty. It's one sexy guitar that's for damn sure. Upon picking it up, I came to the realization that this is one HEAVY guitar, about 9 pounds heavy like a LP should be ;) The neck was very confortable and I could tell the craftsmanship was very top notch. Unplugged it rings and sustains like a Les paul that's double or tripple the price range. After a professional setup at the local music store I plugged it into a nice Vox AC30 and was pretty blown away initially. Sound was amazing, clean and smooth on both pickups and powerful with overdrive. I was so excited that I asked the dude at the music store to hand me a Les Paul Traditional to compare the two. The LP Traditional was weight relieved and the pickups were similar in output (Gibsons used 57 classics and the Epi used Gibson 50r and 60st, similar output, slightly different sound). And I'll be honest, the Gibby sounded so much better :( I went back and fourth between the two and thought that the Gibby sounded clearer and more open, although I thought the playability of the Elitist was better I was still a little unsatisfied with the sound. So I took my Elitist home and did some research, found out that pots used in the epiphone elitist models were 250k pots, not the 500k's found standard in most Gibsons. So after changing the entire wiring kit with a Gibson kit it sounded... Like a Gibson, finally I had the guitar that I wanted, the sound I was looking for and the appeal of a les paul without the price tag. Definately recommend to any one looking for a quality LP without going broke. They stopped making these in 2008 so they are getting really difficult to find. Change the electronics in the Epi and you have a rocker that can cover all sorts of ground :)

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Eh think before you buy

This is a very nice looking guitar but remember its an epiphone.. If you were going to be spending this much money, go and buy a gibson instead! You could buy a Gibson...Read complete review

This is a very nice looking guitar but remember its an epiphone.. If you were going to be spending this much money, go and buy a gibson instead! You could buy a Gibson Les Paul for around the same price and the quality would be significantly better than this. I'm not trying to say this is a bad guitar, its not. You just have to realize that its just an Epiphone!

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4.0

So what if it's NOT a Gibson Les Paul?

By musicmaven

from Hilliard, OH

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I bought My Epi Elitist LP Standard Plus (in Vintage Sunburst) while in Nashville on a brief holiday. My only issue with it, was upon arrival to my home via FedEx, I noticed it had a dead fret. It was taken care of, without charge, and since then, it's been nothing but Heaven! Played though a 60w Vox Valvetronix "Blue" amp, it displays a wonderful variety of sounds, and despite its relative heft, it's a comfortable guitar to play. While I'm aware of others who own this guitar having altered it with different pickups, pots, etc., unless you're that nitpicky, you don't need to do anything like that to it (although I would eventually like to retrofit mine with a Bigsby; now, wait a minute...before you start pointing fingers, keep this in mind: Les Paul himself had one on many of his own guitars). Summation: it's one of the best "non-Gibson's" you'll ever get...at any price!

 
5.0

Almost a True Les Paul

By DareBear02

from Nebraska

Just bought mine about a month ago from GC in Lincoln. Right off the bat the first thing I noticed about the guitar was it's stunning beauty. It's one sexy guitar that's for damn sure. Upon picking it up, I came to the realization that this is one HEAVY guitar, about 9 pounds heavy like a LP should be ;) The neck was very confortable and I could tell the craftsmanship was very top notch. Unplugged it rings and sustains like a Les paul that's double or tripple the price range. After a professional setup at the local music store I plugged it into a nice Vox AC30 and was pretty blown away initially. Sound was amazing, clean and smooth on both pickups and powerful with overdrive. I was so excited that I asked the dude at the music store to hand me a Les Paul Traditional to compare the two. The LP Traditional was weight relieved and the pickups were similar in output (Gibsons used 57 classics and the Epi used Gibson 50r and 60st, similar output, slightly different sound). And I'll be honest, the Gibby sounded so much better :( I went back and fourth between the two and thought that the Gibby sounded clearer and more open, although I thought the playability of the Elitist was better I was still a little unsatisfied with the sound. So I took my Elitist home and did some research, found out that pots used in the epiphone elitist models were 250k pots, not the 500k's found standard in most Gibsons. So after changing the entire wiring kit with a Gibson kit it sounded... Like a Gibson, finally I had the guitar that I wanted, the sound I was looking for and the appeal of a les paul without the price tag. Definately recommend to any one looking for a quality LP without going broke. They stopped making these in 2008 so they are getting really difficult to find. Change the electronics in the Epi and you have a rocker that can cover all sorts of ground :)

 
5.0

Epiphone Elitist Les Paul Vintage Sunburst

By Epidude

from New Orleans

This guitar, like everyone else has said, is awesome! I would highly recommend buying one while you still can. If you look on Epiphone's website, they no longer list this instrument, though they do still list the Casino Elitist, for example. I think they must be discontinuing the Epiphone Elitist Les Paul line. My guess as to why ... this is such high quality for such a great price, that there is no reason to shell out twice as much to have a "gibson" les paul (unless cost is not a factor at all) - which is basically this guitar with a slightly different headstock. Mine needed some minor adjustments and was not perfectly set up right out of the box, but these were not defects in the guitar, just some tweaking with the set-up, which you should probably do with any new instrument. This guitar rocks! I could not be happier.

 
5.0

Almost Perfect

By Albert E.

from Nova Scotia, Canada

I have the now discontinued Honey Burst finish. Like others have said, the guitar is drop dead gorgeous. People are just amazed at the grain/finish of this guitar.Careful inspection shows very meticulous construction. Look all you want, you won't find a flaw.The guitar is heavy but comfortable, and you can just feel that you are holding a higher quality guitar for a reasonable price. Top notch case is included.My only complaint is the pickups do not sit snug in the holes/rings. You can wiggle them with your finger (they hold their place otherwise). Not a deal breaker, but my other Les Pauls (ranging from a low end Epiphone to a Gibson Studio) do not have that problem.Pickup sound is responsive and good, though a bit shrill for my liking. I prefer the Burstbucker Pros in my Gibson.All in all, you don't have to pay over $2000 for a top quality Les Paul. Unless the name "Gibson" on the headstock is a key feature for you, get this guitar.

 
5.0

Affordable greatness!

By Jimmy Cruz-NHKnx

from Los Angeles

Gibson Les Pauls rock beyond words, no doubt about that. However, don't be too quick to dismiss this very special instrument and don't let anyone tell you differently! This is truly a real Les Paul in every way. Not a cheap compromise, but a value that you must see and play to appreciate. Granted, it is not a Gibson Les Paul. It's not supposed to be. It is an Epiphone, and worthy in its own right to be played right alongside models easily costing twice as much. You will not be disappointed with this guitar.

 
5.0

best les paul

By stratplayer94

from Texas

I went to the Gibson factory in Memphis, and as soon as I saw the beautiful paint job I immediately grabbed it off the rack. as soon as I plugged it in, it sounded great distorted, on the neck pickup, with tone at zero, all the way to clean, with the bridge pup and tone to 10. this is better than any Gibson I have played, so definitely buy it, if you have the cash.

 
5.0

Excellent Guitar

By Scott-mgGsC

from Harvest, AL

Anything in the Elite line of Epiphones are excellent (made in Japan). When I bought this guitar the question I had to ask was how much did I want to spend for my headstock to say "Gibson". I just love this guitar. The quality is just as good as any Gibson. Some people have said that the pickups can be a little microphonic, but I think that is at very very high volumes. I've cranked mine on a 30 watt amp and I havent had any problems. You wont have to replace the pickups in this guitar. They sound just as good as any Gibson pickup. A great vintage rock and roll sound. The guitar is gorgeous too. The top is beautiful and so is the finish. I have no issues with this guitar at all. The quality of the craftmanship is flawless. You will not be disappointed! Far from it!

 
5.0

Better than gobson

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have been saving for a les gibson for quite some time now. Stopped by a local guitar shop so I could get a look at the les paul I have been sacrificing for, just to remind me that all the penny pinching is worth it. While there the owner had informed me about this little guitar. Compared them both side by side and found little if no differance in sound. Intonation and set up was perfect. The owner then informed me of all the gibson returns his stores have been having due to the lack of quality control at gibson the last few years. So, american made parts, same sound, more affordable, and better quality. You figure it out. If you just want a gibson for your collection or you have some major comlex where you need the name brand go ahead and blow your money. If you are a real working musician, this is it.

 
5.0

This Epi is awesome!!!!!

By alaskanoutlaw

from Arkansas

What an awesome guitar. I have wanted a Les Paul all my life. When I finally decided to get one I went with the Epi to save a few bucks. The guitar came and I was truly shocked. I cannot imagine that a real Gibson could be any better sounding or playing than this guitar. It is some much fun to play and plays so easy. I love it. Don't waste your money or be concerned you are getting any less of a guitar with the Epi. You can use that extra money for a Line 6 amp or something else. You won't be disappointed with this guitar.

 
4.0

Annoying Neck Problems

By Sonny Corleone

from the Boston area

These are great looking guitars that sound amazing...BUT...I owned 2 of these, and I had problems with the neck on both of them. No matter how many adjustments were made to the neck on my second one, it always buzzed (noticable buzz, to the point of annoyance) on at least one point on the fretboard.

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