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Epiphone Elitist Les Paul Studio
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The right woods: bookmatched maple top and mahogany back and neck; the right electronics: Gibson-made USA humbuckers with independent volume and tone...Read More
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A real Les Paul with a fantasy price tag.
The right woods: bookmatched maple top and mahogany back and neck; the right electronics: Gibson-made USA humbuckers with independent volume and tone controls; and the right cosmetics: nickel tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, nickel-covered pickups, rosewood fretboard, and killer finishes all add up to the one and only Les Paul.
- Bookmatched maple top
- Mahogany back and neck
- Rosewood fretboard
- 50SR USA humbucker at the neck
- 60ST USA humbucker at the bridge
- Independent volume and tone controls
- Tune-O-Matic bridge
- Nickel hardware
- 1-11/16" bone
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The elitist series fills that small gap between high end Epiphone and Gibson. The studio is not the "flagship" model of either entity, but it's a great no non-sense guitar, and a real value. I owned a Gibson Studio and it was a great guitar, the Epiphone is every bit as nice. One thing I like about Epi's is that they tend to be more consistent. Gibsons have variables and that's part of what people like about them, but if you're buying online you risk ending up with a lemon. Also, Musicians Friend doesn't set up guitars as well as a shop (and that's part of why they're cheaper, so if you can't set up a guitar, go to a boutique shop and pay the boutique price, it's worth it).
I have wanted a real Les Paul for more than twenty years, and with each year I kept thinking I would be doomed to keep banging away on my Tele. Then the Elitist series came along. These guitars are the real deal. The hardware, the finish and electronics are all top of the line. To add to the value, the Epiphone elitist LP studio has grover tuners and a fantasticly fast playing neck. Load up on some 10's and beat the heck out of this guitar, because it is not only pretty, it was born to be played. Gibson might have made a mistake, this guitar plays and sound as good as the Gibson Lp studio, and it's half the price. Go figure.