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Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty 3 Electric Guitar

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The Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty 3 is an electric guitar that sounds amazing and looks great. This Les Paul Black Beauty guitar features 3 Alnico C...Click To Read More About This Product

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If you're looking for a superior Les Paul that delivers a little extra, the Black Beauty is for you.

The Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty 3 is an electric guitar that sounds amazing and looks great. This Les Paul Black Beauty guitar features 3 Alnico Classic humbucker pickups to extend your tonal range; a set slim-taper mahogany neck; solid mahogany body; 22-fret rosewood fingerboard; cream body, fingerboard, and headstock binding; and block inlays. LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece for more sustain and easier string changing. Gold hardware. Epiphone graces the Les Paul Black Beauty 3 Guitar with a limited lifetime warranty.

FEATURES
  • Solid mahogany body
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Slim-tapered neck profile
  • 22-fret rosewood fingerboard
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • 1.68" nut width
  • 3 Alnico Classic humbuckers
  • LockTone LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece for more sustain and easier string changing
  • Cream binding on body, fingerboard, and headstock
  • Block pearloid inlays
  • Gold hardware

If you're looking for a superior Les Paul that delivers a little extra, the Black Beauty is for you. Order today.

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EpiphoneLes Paul Black Beauty 3 Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 181 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (9)
  • Good pick up (8)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Fun to play (6)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Recording (7)
  • Small venues (5)
  • Rock concerts (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Frampton Would be Proud

I was happily surprised by the look, feel, and action of this guitar. Things got even better when I plugged it into my practice amp; plucked gently, the tone is clean,...Read complete review

I was happily surprised by the look, feel, and action of this guitar. Things got even better when I plugged it into my practice amp; plucked gently, the tone is clean, controlled, and crystal clear. Dig into the strings, and the Black Beauty seems to sense your intensity level, and responds with a perfectly appropriate increase in aggressiveness to its tone, and harmonics; I compared my stock BB to a well-known brand with three trick pickups, and the BB was just so much more musical in its response. I have yet to play a guitar that can go from crystal clear, to the level of power overdrive that this guitar can, without touching the gain, preamp, or volume knobs - once you've set those to a good balance for the amp you're using, the guitar does the rest. I have NO CLUE why some people are trying to put down the pickups; any experienced guitarist that does more than just turn his amp up to "11", and blast the same three power chords over, and over, knows that, in a pickup, all that glitters is not output! Just like amplifiers, pickups have their own response patterns of amplitude (actual electromotive output, specifically the BxL product), and accompanying harmonics, or "overtones". Some pickups will just play LOUDER when you pluck aggressively; others will actually change the very character of their sound, and along with getting louder, will start increasing their percentage, and NATURE of harmonic distortion, referred to in a myriad of ways from, "crunch", to "fuzz", to a dozen other descriptors. That's where this guitar shines; the character of its sound is as dependent on the amp it's plugged into, as its own, special construction. In short, it's a keeper; after ordering one for my nephew for his birthday, I got myself one, just "because". Did I need another guitar? No. But this one so impressed me, that I had to have one. And I think that fact alone probably puts the nature of this wonderful instrument in the best possible perspective.

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Not what I expected

I'm not a fan of Gibon or Epiphone but I thought why not play this, it has 3 pickups which I really like in a guitar. Overall it's pretty good but I had major...Read complete review

I'm not a fan of Gibon or Epiphone but I thought why not play this, it has 3 pickups which I really like in a guitar. Overall it's pretty good but I had major concerns with several things. The pickups aren't bad but I would replace them right away(at least b&n). Having 3 volume knobs is just stupid and unnecessary. It might have something to do with me being a huge fan of simplicity. The archtop seems to put the pickups at a strange angle but it could have been the certain guitar I played. The headstock paint was scratched or rubbed off on the top side and there was a huge scratch like dent in the neck. The weight is good and this guitar has a good tone but for the price it's not worth it. At least give it an ebony fingerboard. This guitar is half of what it should be.

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(16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

i like it:)

By Diesel Mechanic

from Selmer, Tennessee

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Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty 3 Electric Guitar:

overall, if you have the money to buy this guitar, do it now. when Epiphone stops making them, muchos people are going to wish they had and will feel dumb for ignoreing this beautiful guitar. this is by far the best guitar that Epiphone makes.
PICKUPS

the 3 57' classic pickups are average. you cant use more than one pickup at a time though. but they're good, nonetheless. if you want to play metal, you might consiter buying some EMG HZ actives or some Seymore Duncan Blackouts to go in it to make it what you want, the 57s are more for cassic rock and blues.

SETUP

the setup of the bridge and tailpiece was outstanding. there was not a buzz or rattle anywere in sight. the pickups were set PERFECTLY. and the strings that came on it lasted from Thanksgiving 2011 till April 8th 2012. the frets were filed great.

COLOR

the color (finish and gold hardware) was great. nice and shiney. kudos to the finishing guy at Epiphone. the clear coat shows everyting though, like finger prints, skin dust, and pick scratches. the gold hardware leaves the bridge and bridge pickup prety quick if you palm mut eeverything you play like me. but theres not really a way to prevent that from happening. just a natural part of a guitars life. the heel of the guitar where the neck meets the body was really pointy. all it takes is some EXTREAMLY fine grind paper to get rid of it.
the quality of this guitar is great. very well built. after all, there all made on the same equipment that made the first Gibsons. id give this guitar a 1,000,000,000 on a scale to 10 for craftsmanship.
your getting exacly what you pay for with this guitar, but it should include a case for sure.

(13 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A good guitar at a price point

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty 3 Electric Guitar:

I've had this guitar for a few years now. I've got to say, it's a very nice guitar for the most part. Construction on it is top notch and it plays like a dream. There are a few problems though, which is why this guitar is the price it is. The pick ups are absolute junk and will need to be replaced. That is, unless you're happy with the toneless muddy attempt at creating a PAF type sound that these pick ups offer. I've put Seymour Duncan 59s in all positions and they are fantastic. Tuners have a really high gear ratio so fine tuning and doing a quick tune during a gig are a pain. eventually your toggle and input jack will probably fail on you also, and the pots are also junk. But if you do these upgrades, you wont feel like you've wasted your money. It will turn a decent guitar into a pretty damn good guitar. It still puts a smile on my face every time I play it, even after owning it for years.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A well-deserved reputation

By TonyR

from Columbus OH

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty 3 Electric Guitar:

    What can I say about this guitar that hasn't already been said by other reviewers? Currently, I'm an experienced hobbyist guitar player who records original material on a home digital recorder for fun. I purchased this guitar based on memory... 20yrs ago, a college buddy had one. back then, I couldn't afford anything other than entry level guitars. now I can. It's a compact, dense guitar with a solid smooth playing neck. Gloss black finish with gold hardware gives the guitar a very uptown appearance. the best looker of my 7 guitars. wiring is 2 volume, 2 tone, rhythm = neck, treble = bridge, neutral = bridge + middle. specs don't say it, but it does sound like there are specific neck and bridge versions of the pick-up... my neck pickup seems stronger than the other two. sustain is very good. this guitar sounds fantastic clean. it can give you that clean ethereal sound like Stevie Ray has on Riviera Paradise. I've seen critical comments about whether a 3rd pick-up justifies the price difference. yes it does in my opinion. as a consequence of having 3 pick-ups, I think the sound of this guitar (clean) is unusually sensitive to strumming/picking position... not in the sense of harsh changes in tonal character that aren't particularly useful, but rather rich tonal differences that allow you to shift your voicing without changing the toggle position or switching effects. my only complaints 1: why not sell this higher-end Epi with the case? 2: it would make more sense (to me) if this guitar came stock with 3 volume and 1 tone with the middle pick-up isolated on its own volume... then giving the toggle switch neck, bridge+neck and bridge would permit unlimited blending.

    (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Epiphone (Gibson) Les Paul Black Beauty

    By Matteo Kennedy

    from British Columbia

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    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty 3 Electric Guitar:

    Over all this guitar is awesome, nice price, nice sound, nice set up, it is a good guitar to get just as a professional guitar even.
    This guitar may say Epiphone, but this guitar gives you the same tone, the same quality, an the same feeling that a GIBSON Les Paul Custom would give you, I was at a Vintage Guitar store in Seattle an they had a Gibson Les Paul Custom (3 PU's) (1974) an a Epiphone Les Paul Custom (3 PU's) (1989) an when I was playin' those on a nice Marshall 1978 Double Stack, they both had the same, raw, rock an roll power that you are always use too. So when you buy a Epiphone, most of the time, your buyin' a Gibson
    The 3 Humbuckers (or the "Frampton Set" I like to call it) are awesome pick ups, you can get the same tone as Jimmy Page, Frampton, an others, it is an awesome guitar, being able to have the 3 tones instead of 2 tones, its awesome.
    it was an AWESOME price for this guitar!

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Hot, Black and Smooth

    By Rick Slingwine

    from Omaha

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty 3 Electric Guitar:

    Overall this is turning out to be well worth the money. Would buy another if this one was stolen or destroyed.
    I've had this for 3 weeks now and I'm very impressed. Solid feel to the guitar. Neck is fast and the 12" radius fits my fingers much better than my old Strat. My playing has greatly improved since purchase. I attribute that to the size of the neck.

    Pickups:
    The 3 pickups provide a wide variety of tone from metal crunch to silky blues and even twangy country. I consider this guitar a multi-purpose guitar so if you're looking for dedicated metal axe then you'll either need to swap or buy a different guitar.

    Weight:
    I can confirm that this guitar is heavy. Doesn't bother me as I don't gig (yet) and am not exactly small. Someone with a smaller frame may want to give this some thought though.

    Setup:
    You may need to raise the action a tad. There's some fret buzz because it comes with the action set pretty low. New strings? Yea, everyone has their favorites, nuff said there.

    Other Thoughts:
    Buy a fitted case. I'd be upset if the finish on this beauty gets marred. Also, consider getting a wider padded strap. That will help aleviate the weight somewhat.
    It's

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Frampton Would be Proud

    By FadedNotes

    from South Florida

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Drop-dead Good Looks
    • Excellent Dynamic Range
    • Flawless Finish
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Nice Hefty Feel

    Cons

    • What Cons

    Best Uses

    • Classic Rock
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty 3 Electric Guitar:

    I was happily surprised by the look, feel, and action of this guitar. Things got even better when I plugged it into my practice amp; plucked gently, the tone is clean, controlled, and crystal clear. Dig into the strings, and the Black Beauty seems to sense your intensity level, and responds with a perfectly appropriate increase in aggressiveness to its tone, and harmonics; I compared my stock BB to a well-known brand with three trick pickups, and the BB was just so much more musical in its response. I have yet to play a guitar that can go from crystal clear, to the level of power overdrive that this guitar can, without touching the gain, preamp, or volume knobs - once you've set those to a good balance for the amp you're using, the guitar does the rest. I have NO CLUE why some people are trying to put down the pickups; any experienced guitarist that does more than just turn his amp up to "11", and blast the same three power chords over, and over, knows that, in a pickup, all that glitters is not output! Just like amplifiers, pickups have their own response patterns of amplitude (actual electromotive output, specifically the BxL product), and accompanying harmonics, or "overtones". Some pickups will just play LOUDER when you pluck aggressively; others will actually change the very character of their sound, and along with getting louder, will start increasing their percentage, and NATURE of harmonic distortion, referred to in a myriad of ways from, "crunch", to "fuzz", to a dozen other descriptors. That's where this guitar shines; the character of its sound is as dependent on the amp it's plugged into, as its own, special construction. In short, it's a keeper; after ordering one for my nephew for his birthday, I got myself one, just "because". Did I need another guitar? No. But this one so impressed me, that I had to have one. And I think that fact alone probably puts the nature of this wonderful instrument in the best possible perspective.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    awesome guitar!

    By Taylorforlife

    from Greeley, CO

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    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty 3 Electric Guitar:

    I've owned this guitar for about 4 or so years, and i must say that this is a great guitar! The biggest complaint i've been hearing about the Epiphone les pauls seems to be about the pickups, and while they're not quite to the same level as the pickups they put in the gibson les pauls, these are in no way bad pickups. I've been playing for somewhere in between 7 and 8 years and my standards are pretty high when it comes to tone but this guitar shines in every type of situation! It is primarily used to play rock which it really excels at(which a les paul should!) but I've played everything from rock to blues to country with this guitar and it always does well! It has that real deep bassy bottom end which we've come to love from les pauls while still having really crisp highs that when you hook up to some distortion really sounds sick!! overall I love this guitar, its been my primary guitar ever since i first bought it and i doubt that'll change anytime soon. The only thing i would change about it would maybe be trapezoidal inlays but thats more of a personal preference. I'd highly recommend this guitar to anyone who love a good rich tone and a guitar that'll perform in any situation.

    (7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Own one

    By Phoenix Richard

    from Sonoran Desert

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty 3 Electric Guitar:

    Fantastic guitar. I got mine for a deal. Don't know if I'd go with the the price where it is. Needs to be set-up when you receive it. Wish Epiphone had made it 3 volume and one tone. I've always been frustrated that I can not have all 3 pickups on at once, or neck and bridge to give it a real Les Paul sound. Split coils would be nice, too. Don't want to spend the money with a tech to do this. Epiphone should have gotten it right.

    If I were to do it again, at this price, I'd buy a Les Paul Special II. I own one of those and the sound is very similar. The Black Beauty is HEAVY weight-wise. Since I own one, and I got a great deal, I'm happy.

    (6 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Beautiful but Bad.

    By Thandir

    from Amarillo, TX

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up

    Cons

    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty 3 Electric Guitar:

      Owning 2 Gibson guitars I figured an Epiphone would be worth a try but I was wrong. The guitar's G string will NOT tune for anything. I've tried fixing the intonation, I've even had the machine tuners replaced, and it just refuses to keep a tune. It's such a disappointment.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A nice every day guitar

      By derek zurovetz

      from Okc

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      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty 3 Electric Guitar:

      I play frequently enough to need a durable and great sounding guitar. But I lack the budget to obtain a US made instrument. Enter the epi black beauty! Luckily I got mine used so I didn't pay full price, but I would gladly pay for it and know it is worth every penny. As far as epis go its probably one of the best there is. The neck is fast and the tone is rich, and it looks sexy! Is it a Gibson? No, and it doesnt need to be, it holds
      It's own for sure. And it's well suited for players who aren't getting paid large sums of money to play music every night. Do yourself a favor and save the money and get one it's all you weekend warriors will ever need.
      Enough to keep things interesting
      Its a les paul
      Best guitar for the price

      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Les Paul Black Beauty 3 Electric Guitar

      By Juan Ferrari

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty 3 Electric Guitar:

      This is an awesome guitar, the sound is spectacular, I was a little hesitant in buying it because the price was a little higher than I wanted to spend but it was worth it. Another feature of this guitar is the fret neck a little wider which makes it easier for me to play because of my big fingers. The only thing I miss is a Whammy bar.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This Is My Baby

      By Pheonix2022

      from Seattle, Washington

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      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty 3 Electric Guitar:

      My first guitar may have been a squier affinity strat, but to me this was my true first guitar. I bought it from musiciansfriend over 8 years ago for my 15th birthday and its the one thing i would take out of the house in the event of a fire. Girlfriend and cat have legs...run haha all i have to say. Great tone for the price, theyre nothing fancy but Ive created many a personal chart topper on this guitar. The gold has all but worn off (do NOT clean the hardware with windex, gold wipes right off with a little effort) but it adds character and gives it that "this is my go-to guitar" look. The finish is like a quarter inch thick it takes a lot to damage it. Great tuners, nice binding, nice finish only problem i have had with it is the tone switch is gritty sounding and doesnt like switching to the rhythm pickup very much. Ive meant to fix it since i got it but i really never use that bassy of sounds in what i play. For all intents and purposes i probably would have been better off getting a lp custom with stainless hardware but either way this is the 1911 of guitars. Old reliable design and you dont have to spend 4 grand to get a good one that will end up being your favorite. Easy to customize as well.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Great EPI

      By Maddad

      from Iowa

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      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty 3 Electric Guitar:

      A great guitar that has great range without costing an arm and a leg. Great low end CRUNCH and high end kick. I have owned this guitar since December 2004 and I have never had any problems with it. This Black Beauty is always the best looking girl at the party.

      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      WoW !! Man this is GREAT !!!

      By Notorious Old Man

      from Houston Texas

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics
      • This Guitar Is Beautiful

      Cons

      • Found No Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty 3 Electric Guitar:

      Wow !!! This Guitar is Beautiful. It Plays and sounds Great. I have wanted this Guitar for decades. Lead Guitarist Ace Frheley from Kiss Played this type in a Sunburst Finish. I simle when I see myself on the mirror and wearing this Epiphone Black Beauty. Buy one today before they sell out.
      Hello to All from Houston Texas USA

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Great Guitar for a Lot Less

      By Audio Cranium

      from Estherville, IA

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty 3 Electric Guitar:

      I have owned this guitar for a few weeks now and I absolutely love it. The sheer quality is amazing. It was playable right out of the box and sounds fantastic. For 4 grand less than the Gibson version, I would definitely recommend this one not only for quality, but for price efficiency. This guitar is the ultimate bang for the buck.

      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A great guitar

      By Superman-GX3Jw

      from Los Angeles, CA

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty 3 Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is generally an amazing one, but it does have a few problems, and since just about everyone else has focused on the great things about it, which really are fantastic, I'll just point out a few of the difficulties I've had with it. One of them is that it is slightly hard to pick the strings because the humbuckers are so close. Also, the three-way switch is a little disappointing, as there is almost no difference between the rhythm side and the middle. Finally, there is a slight buzz on the one E string due to the bridge being to close to the neck, but this may only be on the one Black Beauty I played, since my friend ordered it (new) off eBay...Having said all this, you should still definitely listen to all the other reviews as well because they are all true, too. I still recommend this guitar strongly, as it sounds and plays amazingly, and it looks great too.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best purchase for 2013

      By SlimSloSlider

      from Oakland, Ca.

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Currently In My Gu
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty 3 Electric Guitar:

        Currently in my guitar collection are three Fenders, Strat, Squire and. Telecaster. I was looking for a new sound at an affordable price and found it with the Black Beauty 3. The high tones are sharp and clear and the low tones are fat and round. I use it to play blues and classic rock songs. It is very versital.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Need i say more?

        By zildjian player

        from australia

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        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty 3 Electric Guitar:

        This guitar is awesome. It plays so much better than my ibanez Ice man. The 3 pickups are awesome and give you a great sound. Clean and basy, strat or distortion. And for as weird as this sound i used all the pickups! This guitar is awesome. this guitar isn't THAT heavy. I love this guitar. P.S. buy a hard shell case for it. You won't want anything to happen to it!!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I love this one.....

        By Jordan-XXDri

        from dalton,Ga

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        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty 3 Electric Guitar:

        I bought this guitar about a year ago and really never played it i just liked looking at it. Well recently i fell in love with it when i really started playing it! It hits the highs great the lows wonderful and the Middle even better than the others! It is a replica of a $3,000+ gibson and plays just as good in my opinion! and it is so freakn Pretty! it is a great Rock and solo and even Blues guitar so whatever you are into it will do it wonderfully!!!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Black Beauty

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty 3 Electric Guitar:

        I have an LP black beauty and I love the fingerboard - it's really nice, it's a great guitar!

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