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Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO Electric Guitar

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The Les Paul Custom made its debut in 1954 after the initial success of the Les Paul Goldtop. Les Paul himself suggested his namesake guitar needed a...Click To Read More About This Product

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Elegance and performance in one.

The Les Paul Custom made its debut in 1954 after the initial success of the Les Paul Goldtop. Les Paul himself suggested his namesake guitar needed a new and classy finish that would go well with a tuxedo on stage. From that point on, the Les Paul Custom Blackback was referred to as the "white tuxedo" Les Paul. And with its gold appointments, fully bound body, neck and headstock, and pearloid inlays, you'll agree that the Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback is "dressed to kill." Case sold separately.

Great Tonewoods
While all Les Pauls share common design features, the Les Paul Custom Blackback differed from the Les Paul Standard with a solid mahogany body but without a maple cap. Epiphone's LP Custom Blackback follows that tradition by using a solid, carved mahogany body for a slightly mellower tone. Like the originals, the Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback is fitted with a solid mahogany neck that is hand-fitted with a glued-in joint for optimum neck-to-body contact, which allows the body and neck to act like one continuous piece of wood. The neck features a very comfortable and fast "SlimTaper "D" profile that has become the most popular profile found on today's Les Pauls. The result is a tribute to Les' timeless guitar design with the sound and feel that you can only get from a real Les Paul.

Added Vintage-Vibe
Epiphone has reproduced the beautiful faded look of vintage Les Paul Customs with an œAntique Ivory finish that looks just like a well-preserved vintage Les Paul Custom. Plus, Epiphone has also reproduced the œBlackback, a common feature in '70s-era Les Paul Customs. Finally, Epiphone equips this Limited. Edition LP Custom with classic "open-window" ProBuckers, each voiced for maximum response for lead, rhythm or any combo you choose. The Limited Edition 1970's Inspired Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO sounds like the real thing because it is the real thing! And at fraction for what youd pay for a vintage original.

Loaded with premium add-ons
Other premium features include Epiphone's LockTone Tune-o-matic/Stopbar combination bridge for increased sustain and easy string changes, 16:1 ratio Grover machine heads, a 7-layer bound body, a 5-layer bound headstock, and a comfortable single-layer bound rosewood fingerboard.

FEATURES
Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: SlimTaper D
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Pearl block
  • Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: ProBucker-2 with open-window
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: ProBucker-3 with open-window
  • Brand: Epiphone
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Not applicable
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
Controls
  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Tuning machines: Grover
  • Color: Gold
Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Body binding
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: China

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EpiphoneLes Paul Custom Blackback PRO Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (13)
  • Fun to play (12)
  • Good tone (12)
  • Good pick up (11)
  • Solid electronics (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (13)
  • Practicing (12)
  • Recording (12)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Rock concerts (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Killer guitar, buy it!

I purchased two of these guitars recently to add to my collection of Les Pauls. My oldest Les Paul is a 1955 Gibson Special, highly modified. These guitars remind me of the older...Read complete review

I purchased two of these guitars recently to add to my collection of Les Pauls. My oldest Les Paul is a 1955 Gibson Special, highly modified. These guitars remind me of the older "fretless wonder" Les Paul Customs because of their ease of playing. They are beautiful and sound great! Since these are limited editions, they won't be around long. I highly recommend you purchase one, you won't be sorry.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Came with headstock snapped in two

The guitar's headstock was snapped in two when I got it. So, I can't really describe anything about the guitar except that perhaps the headstock is weak. There was no visible damange to...Read complete review

The guitar's headstock was snapped in two when I got it. So, I can't really describe anything about the guitar except that perhaps the headstock is weak. There was no visible damange to the box. It looked fine. Perhaps it wasn't packed properly but I would think musicians friend would know about packing guitars. It didn't come in a case but just in a box so maybe that is a problem.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's what you expect from a Les Paul

By Apollopa

from Pittsburgh pa

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO Electric Guitar:

    Excellent feel on this axe right out of the box. Fun to play and sounds great. I love the antique ivory look on this one. Been watching it for a long time. When it went on sale I jumped on it. I recommend this guitar.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Killer guitar, buy it!

    By rockdad

    from SoCal

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    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO Electric Guitar:

      I purchased two of these guitars recently to add to my collection of Les Pauls. My oldest Les Paul is a 1955 Gibson Special, highly modified. These guitars remind me of the older "fretless wonder" Les Paul Customs because of their ease of playing. They are beautiful and sound great! Since these are limited editions, they won't be around long. I highly recommend you purchase one, you won't be sorry.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      great guitar

      By K2b

      from Honolulu, Hi

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO Electric Guitar:

        This is a great looking and playing guitar for the price! Sucks for me that it went on sale cheaper 2 days after I bought it . However, I don't regret the purchase. Also, description says it doesn't have coil taping, but the pro version does.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Another Home Run from Epiphone!

        By Cliff

        from Hot Springs, AR

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Flat Sound

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO Electric Guitar:

        I just received my LP Blackback Pro today and I just couldn't put it down. Through my Genz Benz amp the cleans sounded great. The overall sound is certainly darker than my maple top LPs, but that's what I was looking for. Sustain is exactly what you would expect, basically endless. Plugged into my Blackstar HT Metal and started with a little distortion. Ahhhhhhhh that's what I wanted to hear. The Probuckers sound great. Better than I hoped they would. Varying the volume gave me excellent tonal changes. Split the coils and wow, another set of great sounds from neck and bridge pickups. Mixing the pickups with humbucker in one position and split coil in the other yields yet more interesting tones. The guitar is beautiful, I love the antique white, the open pickups, the multi layer bindings. And I got it on a SDOTD! Thanks Musicians Friend! Thanks Epiphone!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great value

        By pasquale

        from scranton, pa

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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
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO Electric Guitar:

          I've owned several LP's over the years and my ear cannot really tell the difference between this and on of my LP's. Granted, there are probably people who can tell but for my purposes this is the perfect guitar. The finish is beautiful, tone is excellent. Coil tapping is new to me and I'm not sure what to do with it yet but it's a cool feature to play around with until I do.

          In terms of quality, the setup was a bit off when I got it so I do need to take it in to get adjusted but I wouldn't really see that as a true con. If I bought it from a brick and mortar shop it would be a bigger issue. The plastic covering over the pickups left a film which was sort of annoying but I was able to rub it off pretty easily.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice Guitar

          By Scott

          from Illinois

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO Electric Guitar:

            I had this guitar set up at the shop before I played it, It is a solid well made guitar, If you don't have the money for a Gibson LP I would say this is the runner up to it, The tone is and it plays better than my practice Gibson LP special, Great guitar for the price!

             
            5.0

            Great guitar, had it for about 4yrs now, LOVE IT!

            By sam

            from brooklyn ny

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO Electric Guitar:

              Very good tone, feel great in my had and plays easy

               
              5.0

              A Keeper

              By Rob

              from Hollywood, FL

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              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO Electric Guitar:

              Phenomenal guitar for the price.

               
              4.0

              Great deal.

              By Brucifer

              from Los Angeles

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO Electric Guitar:

                Wanted something to use in certain venues that might be risky to take one of my real expensive guitars to. This fits the bill.

                (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Came with headstock snapped in two

                By Mark

                from Detroit, MI

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                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO Electric Guitar:

                The guitar's headstock was snapped in two when I got it. So, I can't really describe anything about the guitar except that perhaps the headstock is weak. There was no visible damange to the box. It looked fine. Perhaps it wasn't packed properly but I would think musicians friend would know about packing guitars. It didn't come in a case but just in a box so maybe that is a problem.

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Check this one out.....

                By Supergeezer

                from Nashville

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO Electric Guitar:

                  It's a great guitar for the price! Much better than I expected.

                   
                  5.0

                  great guitar

                  By none

                  from san mateo fl

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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 Custom Blackback PRO Electric Guitar:

                    just as good as1994 epi.with paf. almost just alike

                     
                    5.0

                    Love this guitar

                    By texasbassman

                    from DFW

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Tone
                    • Nice finish
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO Electric Guitar:

                      I loved the look of this guitar as advertised and I wasn't let down when it arrived. I missed the first pass as a 'stupid deal of the day' but jumped on it when repeated a bit later. It's got a great big sound from the probuckers and a nice sound option using the coil tap switches. Pretty well set to play right of the box. Finish appears to be flawless. Time will tell how long the gold finish lasts but it's one pretty guitar and feels great to play.

                       
                      5.0

                      Magnificent guitar

                      By Ralph

                      from Texas

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Solid Electronics

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Recording

                        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO Electric Guitar:

                        Great guitar and value at a very low cost

                         
                        5.0

                        Finally

                        By PD

                        from Picton Ontario

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Feel

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming
                          • Practicing
                          • Recording
                          • Small Venues

                          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO Electric Guitar:

                          Nice guitar especially for my collection ( after returning the 1st because of corrosion on the pick ups), got the sausage finger curse but this is easy to play and the sound well whats not to love!

                           
                          5.0

                          EXCELLENT BUY

                          By Sparky

                          from Washington, DC

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Jamming
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO Electric Guitar:

                            After having this guitar for over a week now, I realize it is a great buy!

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