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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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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Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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5.0

Excellent Value

By David S.-4gPl4

from Corvallis, OR

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This guitar is a great deal. It looks phenomenal and plays smooth. My only comcerns are that the workmanship is not top notch and the guitar lacks some of that high end clarity. There are some issues with the binding being uneven in width and if you look really close you can see some epoxy around the inlays. If you open up the electronics cavity you will see that the wiring is sort of messy and the wood has been routed roughly. However, none of these are uncommon for a guitar in this price range and they aren't visible form more than 1 foot away. My neck pickup tone knob is a little scratchy down towards 1, but that is of little concern. If you want a Les Paul style guitar in this price range, you can't go wrong with this guitar for sound, feel, look, and playability.

 
5.0

3 words: Oh My Gawsh!

By ImaBeliever001

from El Segundo, CA

This guitar is simply amazing, in quality, playability, sound and value. The workmanship is impeccable; every bit as good as its Gibson big brother. The pickups are even QUIETER than my friend's Gibby L.P. with equal tone and output. It is a pleasure to play as well as look at. This is the best kept "secret" in the industry... gotta get yourself one!!

 
5.0

A Nupicker Speaks

By NuPicker

from SW Indiana

I have played drums for 30 years, and always envied the swagger of the guitar players. I thought, why not me, so after picking the brains of my bandmates, I settled on this axe. I have had it for a day, my fingers are throbbing, but I am thrilled. What a beautiful guitar it is. The colors on the Faded Cherry Burst are subtle. My guitar player friends all remarked that it is well made, smooth playing, and great quality. Japanese craftsmanship (can you say Lexus?) with American parts is a winning combo. You will love it, it is well worth the price.

 
5.0

Custom Shop guitar

By Snail

from Boston, MA

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I just got this guitar today. I have to say, I'm really impressed with the level of quality and detail. It really is a custom shop guitar. Really nice stuff, I'm surprised. That being said, there are a few things I don't like. The frets are short, about half the size of a Gibson fret in height. The neck is not a baseball bat 59' or even a Gibson-like neck. It's more like a Fender! And the pickups sound ok at best. They're not Gibson sounding at all. More like a Korean epi. So if you buy one, I highly recommend you pop in some Duncans or EMG's. Also, it's a little neck-heavy, which I hate, it's a pet peeve of mine. :( I like Pauls where you can take your hands off it and it stays in place. But this is about 8 1/2 - 9LBS. and it slides down a little. Other than that, REALLY nice piece. Great sustain and classic maple top tone. Kinda reminds me of Neal Schon tone from the Evolution album, circa 1978.

 
5.0

Almost a True Les Paul

By DareBear02

from Nebraska

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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

Worth the wait.

By Big Doug

from Avon, IN

I have been wanting a Les Paul for over 20 years and just couldn't justify the cost. I saw the Elitist on sale and read the specifications and decided to go for it. Wow this thing is amazing. The fit and finish are perfect and the sound through my Line 6 amp is great.

 
5.0

Outstanding value!

By Rickster-JrhOU

from Sacramento, CA

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This guitar exceeded my expectations! Its not as heavy as I thought it would be. The finish work and craftsmanship are unbeatable. I have an "Elitist 61 Reissue", a Fender 50th Anniversary American Deluxe Stratocaster, and a Carvin. All play exceptionally well. This guitar is one level higher. The playability and sound is better than all. If someone ever steals my guitars this is the first one I would replace!

 
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

Luxury

By flash1989

from shawano wisconsin

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I am in a punk band, and this guitar just doesnt cut it. the sound it gives is definantly not punk, although i knew it probibly wouldnt be, I thought it would have a little better tone range then what it has. another thing is how heavey thisguitar is. On the good side, it plays like a dream, its silky smooth. its beautiful, and itplays rock adn metal like you wouldnt believe. I bought this as my second guitar, compared to my gibson sg, and it will more then likely remain my second guitar.

 
4.0

Annoying Neck Problems

By Sonny Corleone

from the Boston area

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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.

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Lespaul 123 Frampton

from new york city, ny

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Great Guitar, almost as good as a Gibson. PIckups are a little different than Gibson Studio pickups but they are about the same, except the Ephiphone is a little cheaper.

 
5.0

Sheer Amazement !

By Teamcritical

from Toronto, CA

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I've played this thing and its wonderful. To be perfectly honest, I couldn't compare it to new Gibsons. These are much better. Gibson let themselves go, and this baby brings the classic tone back. I'm trying to get enough money for one now. You shouldn't miss out on this offer.

 
5.0

great

By vellocet

from Brooklyn, NY

this guitar is great. everything on this is just like a regular les paul, even better. there are no drops in quality anywhere and the sound is amazing

 
5.0

LP Standard Plus Elitist

By Volker

from New York

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Just received my LP Standard Elitist Plus in Honey Burst. I have to say that this is a beautifully crafted instument. All the feel the fit and finish is perfect, the attention to detail is obvious, nothing was missed and the sound is awesome. I have a Gibson Explorer, and a LP Standard and the quality of the elitist and the Gibson's are vitually the same. I would highly reccomend the elitist LP Plus to anyone looking for a high quality, very playable instrument that is a fantastic value. Get one while they last, they actually may be collectable some day.

 
5.0

Elite is THE gap between Epiphone and Gibson

By OuttaTheBlue

from Pittsburgh, PA

For everyone thinking about purchasing this guitar... You must. I already have a Gibson les paul classic premium plus and i was looking for another, more affordable paul. I walked into my favorite guitar shop and i saw this beauty. The lacquer on the finish was superb and it reminded me of a 58 reissue. The burst on the guitar is amazing and the three dimensional flame is incredible... ok enough about looks... the feel and the play is amazing. It bounces back the strings better then my Gibson... The pickups are hot alnicos (different than my ceramics) so the sound is totally different.. theres about a 6 pound weight difference though. My gibson is much heavier. Only thing some people might not like is the neck.. its a slim taper, fast neck as where some people like a baseball bat. Other than that, this guitar is perfect.

 
5.0

Simply the best - period!

By Rockman66

from Texas

Everytime I take this guitar out of the case, I wonder why I play anything else. The workmanship is exquisite. Perfect! I don't think you could get better quality for twice the money. The music is crisp, clean, and brilliant. For classic rock, it just doesn't get any better. Compared to my strat's, my Gibson SG, and a custom guitar, this one feels and sounds the best by a large margin. I was drooling over some Gibson Les Pauls, but hesitant to shell out the megabucks. And I didn't want to settle for the entry level Epiphone LP's. They are good for what they are intended, but they do not match the high-end guitars. Then I discovered the Epiphone Elitist option while surfing the web. I bought one sight unseen, and I have absolutely no regrets. If you are having trouble deciding what to buy, buy an Epiphone Elitist and you will not be disappointed.

 
5.0

Best LP you can buy

By JerryC

from Seattle Washington

Don?t even hesitate on this guitar, its one of the best Les Paul?s I have played, it has German Nickle Silver pickup covers, Grover?s, Long neck tenon, killer flame top, Real Mother of Pearl inlays and perfect frets, try getting that on a Gibson and it will cost you over 3 grand. I was shopping for Gibson?s for a while but every single one I tried needed either nut work, had bad orange peel on the finish, poor fret work and they wanted 2-3 grand for them. I expect close to perfection for that price and I?m not willing to level the frets for that much money (and I do that stuff myself) this Elitist Les Paul plus needed nothing, and the finish kills any Gibson period, nitro or not, it don?t matter, that?s all snob myth (oh yeah the guitar breaths better dude, and the wood ages better NOT). I showed this to my friend who worked at Gibson for 10 years and he looked at it and said, "ya I know all about those, Good Choice". The honey Burst finish looks so awesome and the Flame is sweet, looks similar to Gary Moore?s LP, and I really like this headstock, it looks great. Everyone who?s played it drop all doubt as to whether this guitar is top notch. I seriously can?t recommend this enough, I?m getting one of the SG's next. A top quality guitar CAN be had for this price, and this one is now cheaper than its normal price, your nuts to turn this down.

 
5.0

BEST SOUNDING GUITAR!

By STAAPLINE

from Aberdeen, WA

This guitar sounds better then most Gibson les pauls. If you get your hands on this hot thing. DONT LET GO. I did and now I am hurting.

 
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

Absolutely Astonishing

By Kyle In Action

from Henderson, NV

I am really reluctant to give a product perfect 10's, but wow. Everything about this guitar is simply amazing. It plays like a dream (use a little lemon oil and it will speed up the neck), sounds awesome (I'm playing it through a Vox AC30), and also looks great. The pictures don't do justice to the flawless finish this guitar has. People have always associated Epiphone with being the "poor mans" Gibson, and they weren't always wrong. But in this case, that couldn't be farther from the truth. There might be some higher end Gibsons (custom shops and standards) that might sound a little bit better, but for almost any guitar you can purchase between $1,000-$2,000, this is surely the way to go.

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