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Epiphone Les Paul Custom Flametop Electric Guitar

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The Epiphone Les Paul Custom Flametop Electric Guitar has been a favorite of many star players. It comes equipped with two pickups. Other features ar...Click To Read More About This Product

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Featuring a stunning flamed maple top.

The Epiphone Les Paul Custom Flametop Electric Guitar has been a favorite of many star players. It comes equipped with two pickups. Other features are true to the original: mahogany body and neck; carved maple top; 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with block inlays; and cream binding on body, neck, and headstock. Limited lifetime warranty.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany neck
  • 1.6" nut width
  • Rosewood fretboard with block inlays
  • Gold hardware
  • 2 humbucking pickups
  • Mahogany body with flame maple top
  • Binding on body, neck, and headstock
  • Limited lifetime warranty
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4.8

(based on 77 reviews)

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Absolutely Amazing

This guitar is absolutely amazing! The finish is amazing. The sustain lasts for years. The neck so smooth and fast. The only bad thing about the guitar is the stock pickups which don't...Read complete review

This guitar is absolutely amazing! The finish is amazing. The sustain lasts for years. The neck so smooth and fast. The only bad thing about the guitar is the stock pickups which don't have great enough tonal range but its nothing shelling out a couple more bucks and some elbow grease won't fix. I have played Gibsons before and the first thing I said was why waste the money on a Gibson Les Paul Custom when you can get pretty much the same thing through Epiphone at the a way lower price! To sum it all up this guitar is just about perfect!

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Why did I buy this?

This guitar breaks down about once a month. I bought this guitar about a year ago, thinking that gibsons and epiphones were the same quality, only the epiphone did not have the gibson...Read complete review

This guitar breaks down about once a month. I bought this guitar about a year ago, thinking that gibsons and epiphones were the same quality, only the epiphone did not have the gibson name. Well I was sure wrong. Two months after I bought it, the frets went all out of wack and the people told me that the guitar needed to be sent back to epiphone to get a BRAND NEW NECK. I get a phone call two months later telling me that epiphone decided that my guitar was to badly broken and they would send me a brand new one. Ok I thought that my first one was just a fluke and the next one would be better. On this one, the jacks broke three times, I had to replace the switch as well. I keep all my guitars in a room in their cases, and I have a giant humidifier in there. There is no excuse to why I had to pay another five hundred dollars in repairs to fix this guitar. For the money that u are going to spend on this guitar, just buy the real thing. Please!

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely Amazing

By shredmeister

from Argos, IN

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This guitar is absolutely amazing! The finish is amazing. The sustain lasts for years. The neck so smooth and fast. The only bad thing about the guitar is the stock pickups which don't have great enough tonal range but its nothing shelling out a couple more bucks and some elbow grease won't fix. I have played Gibsons before and the first thing I said was why waste the money on a Gibson Les Paul Custom when you can get pretty much the same thing through Epiphone at the a way lower price! To sum it all up this guitar is just about perfect!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Epi Custom cherry burst

By jc

from western mass usa

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My EPI LP Custom came used with the Gibson 490/480 pickups and all Gibson electronics too. I use a modified Fender HR deluxe or a Mesa Boogie Maverick. This guitar is a R&R Demon! Sustains forever! Screams or weeps pure cream with a flip of switch. I had a 1968 Gibson version of the same model and I cant think of a differance that is worth the price variation...

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Grand Slam!!!!!!!!!

By the fan-4C-X3

from California

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I just purchased this guitar a few months ago and this is what a guitar should sound and feel like when you play it. I have always loved Les Pauls and now I own one. Sometimes, I think that it is better made than a gibson. It's got a fast neck and a sweet tone and sustain. You can drop tune extremly low or get an amazing sound with a regular tuning job. But the point is this is an awesome guitar and I can't believe I was able to get it for this price I love. It's an absolute Grand Slam.........

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Appearance, Preformance & Value

By Himster57

from Fenton, MI

I spent over three months looking at all the guitar options and my journey ended with this guitar. In my search I considered three criteria; appearance, performance and value. The picture on this web-site does nothing for this guitar, in your presence, it's a piece of art. This guitar plays exceptionally well and for the price, I couldn't find anything comparable in this price range. Out of the box I couldn't play more than a song or two without retuning, after adjusting the action and the grover turn keys, it's right where it's supposed to be. Prowd owner of a Les Paul!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow

By Sethness

from Tennessee

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I don't play too many Les Pauls, but this Custom Flametop is actually really nice. A friend of mine had recently gotten one and I went to his house one day for some practice, and after he was done showing me some new jams he walked over to me and told me to play it. I kinda messed around with it a bit and I loved the way it felt. The action was perfect, the tone was wonderful, and it just felt great. I would highly reccomend this over a high priced Gibson anyday.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent guitar with some minor nitpicks.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I agree with all the other raves about this guitar. I do weekly live gigs and it has become my #1 guitar, I often get compliments on how great it sounds. In response to some of the other nitpicks- The gold plating does come off easily, in a matter of weeks you will begin to rub it off the lead p/u. Some folks will hate this, I think it looks good. I understand it is 24k gold which is very soft. It looks beautiful as it tarnishes. I'm not a fan of "Case Queen" guitars, get that thing out and play it!! Beat-up guitar=practiced player! The tuners are a bit cheap and my G can be a pain to get to settle in. The frets are a little sharp on the ends as a result of the price, get yourself a fret file and clean them up a little. In regards to the switches and plugs, the Korean switchgear is a little flimsy, this too is an easy and cheap fix. I think the complaints about the p/u's are a little off-base, they are plenty hot and clean, it's always a matter of what kind of sound the individual is looking for, not what kind of electronics the manufacturer chose to install. Construction, finish and looks are excellent! This is an outstanding guitar right out of the box for 85% of the players out there, the other 15% will make the minor mods it needs to make them all tingly. No matter what your level, everyone will enjoy the thousands of dollars you saved buying the Epi instead of the Gibson, and you are giving up very little for the savings. Yes, if I won the lotto I'd buy a Gibson, but there would be little difference between the two.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar, Great value

By djpatterson7@msn.com

from Indianapolis, IN

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I bought mine about 3 months ago. I have been playing guitar for about 26 years and have owned three Les Pauls in those 26 years. I sold all of my gear about 2 years ago and am starting over on a limited budget. This guitar is phenomenal, it actually plays better than 2 of the three Gibsons I sold. When I went out looking for a new guitar after 2 years without one, I obviously went looking for a Gibson LP. I picked this guitar up because I couldn't believe how incredible the finish looked. I thought, "it's an Epiphone, so it probably sounds terrible." Boy was I wrong! I played it for about an hour through a vintage JCM800 half stack, and could not believe what I was experiencing. The finish on this guitar is amazing(vintage cherry sunburst). I bought it on site. I made a few alterations to it, however, I put a Seymour Duncan Super distortion open DBL coil in the Bridge position, and removed the pick guard... and that's when I knew that Epiphone wanted to be sure that these LP's are very close to the original... the finish was just as beautiful under the pick guard... most LP copies have little finish under the pick guard. That is why Epiphones are the real deal without having to sell your house to afford one. To all of you out there who bought one of these guitars, here's a hint to get the same sustain of an actual Gibson... lace the strings through the tail-piece facing the rear of the body of the guitar, and then wrap them OVER the tail piece. This adds more sustain as the strings resonate at a baritone tone... a little trick I learned from George Lynch @ the NAMM show in the mid 90's. The only set-back about this guitar is that I have discovered that using a peg-winder when changing strings requires that you are very careful because the shape of the headstock at the 3rd and 4th string positions, the point on the horn of the stock is in the way. Other than that... what a great value... at about a third of the price. This guitar will maintain its beauty as long as you take care of it... unlike Gibsons, the finish will not fade because of the 4 polymer coating Epiphone uses... Gibson uses finishing agents that make their guitars look older over time... hence the price for the older models. I have heard that the tuners go bad after about a year... even if they do... a good set of sperzels isn't to expensive. You cannot go wrong with this guitar. With a few alterations, close your eyes, no one will ever know it says Epiphone on the headstock...not even the person playing it...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible

By jimmyjohnson121231

from N. Myrtle Beach, SC

i bought this guitar a couple months ago and i wouldnt trade it for anything the tone quality and the playability is amazing

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This guitar is awesome. It plays well, it's lighter than a Gibson, and it has a unique look.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Over all great guitar

By Takethistoyourgrave23

from Atlanta/GA

I play all kinds of music but mostly hardcore/metal. This guitar holds drop c tuning great and the neck and bridge pick-ups can achieve any tone you want. If you play blues, classic rock, metal, or even country this guitar is the one for you. Not mention it's very affordable. I haven't had any problems yet and I've owned it a little over 2 years.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AWSOME

By EPIJ

from MERCED CAL

I bought one in January of 2007 and it blew me away. I always thought Epiphones where just want to be Gibson until I got the heritage cherry sunburst. It was the real deal it was light fast neck looked beautiful and sounded 10x better then any guitar I?ve played. I SAY GET ONE!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet!!!

By Les Paul Lover

from Buena Vista,Va

I have owned this guitar for about 6 months. It is by far one of the best guitars I have ever played. It has a good rich sound and the action is great. If you are thinking about buying one, think no more. You will be very happy with it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Great Guitar If Your Budget Is Low

By Darren-6E9Vl

from Harrington, DE

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I had this guitar for a year now, and it is still the sound that I love, and not a bad guitar if you can't afford the real Gibson Les Paul. I've been a guitarist/musician for almost 19 years, and out of all the electrics I've owned, this one is decent.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Value and High Quality

By None-L4og9

from League City, TX

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40 years of playing and this is really an excellent guitar. I have a Carvin AE185, MIM Strat, SG classic, Les Paul Artist, etc., so I have played/owned many guitars over the years. This is a great guitar for the money. It sounds great, great playability, and for the price you can't beat it. The finish is wonderful, the neck is comfortable, and it?s built very well. I have moved it to my main guitar spot for gigging and rehearsals. The set up out of the box was near perfect, all I did was oil the fret board, put new strings, and lower the action a tad. One thing I do is tinker constantly i.e. change pick ups, tuners, hardware, etc. This is the one guitar I do not feel a need to change anything on. If you get it you will want to buy a nice hard shell case to protect it, because you are going to love this baby! Remember; even a great guitar won?t help you as a musician if you don?t practice daily and listen to your fellow band mates. Keep Jamming!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I bought this guitar about 6 months ago. For the price it cannot be beat, it is truely an amazing value. The guitar plays like a dream. The pickups could be a little better, I've been waiting to buy EMG's. Also it is the most beautiful guitar I have ever came across, the finish looks absolutly amazing. I have played many Gibsons and I dont think they are any better than this guitar here. If you have the money I strongly suggest to buy it, it looks and plays better like a 3000 dollar gibson!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Epiphone Les Paul Custom

By SlashWannabe-.K2nu

from New Zealand

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This guitar is amazing! I had always wanted to own a Les Paul but never had the money for a Gibson and when I saw this in a beautiful Heritage Cherry Sunburst I had to give it a try. Great playabilty, fast neck, not to heavey, unless your not used to Les Pauls. It was a keeper. When I got it home I plugged it into my Marshall MG10CD and it screamed even thought the amp is small. Great tone. I'm going to change the pickups for Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pros though. And get a Orange Amp head and speaker. Then the line up will be complete. Great guitar to buy!!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Extremely Satisfied w/ Epiphones' LPC

By Ace Rocks

from El Paso

This is my 2nd Epiphone Les Paul Custom. I am not a professional but have been playing for almost 20 years, and I would definitely buy this guitar again. I would love to have the $3000 version but that much out of my pocket would just eat at me for the amount of playing I am able to do. I did change out the bridge pick up for a Burstbucker #3 which did improve the sound, but in all honesty the new Epiphone pick ups are pretty good. I do not plan on changing the neck pick up out because of their improvement in pick ups. I had also switched out my 1990s model for a DiMarzio Evolution which made a world of difference back then. Epiphone has definitely upgraded their pick ups since the 90s. The tuners have also improved being that my new one comes with Grovers. The finish is beautiful. I've had the guitar for over a year and the gold plating is still flawless. I had considered changing the gold plated parts out as well since my 1990s Custom did not hold on to the gold plating that well, but so far so good. I do understand that some of the specs may be metric as it was made overseas which may make swapping out for Gibson parts challenging. The only area in which I am more comfortable with my 1990s model is the fretboard. The fretboard on my 1990 model has more of an arch down the fretboard; which, for me, makes a more comfortable finger placement. I have owned a few very nice guitars from Yamaha to Charvel to Fender, but my Epiphones are still my preferred guitars.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweeeeet guitar!!!!! : )

By prsplayer830

from Central Illinois

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I got the Heritage Cherry Sunburst. Black knobs and pickguard look sooooo nice with the gold hardware and cherry sunburst finish. Once I got the guitar set up properly it was phenonmenal!! I did replace the stock pickups with Gibson Burstbucker PROs. Now the guitar is absolute perfection!!!I could not be happier with this guitar. I also have several other Epiphone Les Pauls and they are all GREAT!This guitar plays great, looks gorgeous, and sounds great with the Burstbucker PRO pickups. I play a variety of styles and this guitar (along with my other Epi LPs) works well for everything. Growling classic rock, country twang, warm phat blues tone... I can get it all with this guitar. If ever lost or stolen I would buy another in a heartbeat!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

OC Rebel9

By OC Rebel9

from Kentucky

This Epiphone Les Paul Custom was the first electric guitar I have purchased. It sounds amazing and the cherry burst finish is beautiful!!! This guitar RARELY gets out of tune and is a great purchase for anyone who is secerious about pursuing their musical capabilities.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Epiphone Les Paul Custom

By SlashWannabe-.K2nu

from New Zealand

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This guitar is amazing! I had always wanted to own a Les Paul but never had the money for a Gibson and when I saw this in a beautiful Heritage Cherry Sunburst I had to give it a try. Great playabilty, fast neck, not to heavey, unless your not used to Les Pauls. It was a keeper. When I got it home I plugged it into my Marshall MG10CD and it screamed even thought the amp is small. Great tone. Im going to change the pickups for Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pros though. And get a Orange Amp head and speaker. Then the line up will be complete. Great guitar to buy!!

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