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Epiphone Les Paul Custom PRO Electric Guitar   

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The king of solid body guitars, the Les Paul Custom made its debut in 1954 after the initial success of the Les Paul Goldtop. Les Paul himself sugges...Read More

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A professionally upgraded Les Paul Custom with looks that kill.

The king of solid body guitars, the Les Paul Custom made its debut in 1954 after the initial success of the Les Paul Goldtop. Les Paul himself suggested black as a great color for a new Les Paul because it looked "classy" and went well with a tuxedo on stage. Now with its ebony or antique white finish, the Les Paul Custom has often been referred to as the "tuxedo" Les Paul.

And with its gold appointments, fully bound body, neck and headstock and mother-of-pearl inlays, we think you'll agree that the Epiphone Les Paul Custom is "dressed to kill". Now featuring ProBucker 2 and ProBucker 3 humbucking pickups, gold hardware, multi-binding on body (top and back), neck and headstock as well as split-diamond pearloid headstock and fretboard inlays, it's as gorgeous as it is deadly. Case sold separately.

FEATURES Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Maple Veneer
  • 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: Satin
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Pearl block
  • Nut width: 1.68" (42.67mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: ProBucker 2
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: ProBucker 3
  • Brand: Epiphone
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: Push/pull phase series switch, Push-pull coil splitting 
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: Coil split
  • 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: Pickups
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: China

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EpiphoneLes Paul Custom PRO Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 35 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (25)
  • Good feel (23)
  • Good tone (20)
  • Good pick up (17)
  • Solid electronics (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (25)
  • Jamming (23)
  • Recording (21)
  • Small venues (16)
  • Rock concerts (14)
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    • Experienced (21), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

and now I'm spoiled.

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Me: 23 year old senior music education major at California state university that has been playing guitar for about 10 years. I've owned 6 electric guitars and 4...Read complete review

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Me: 23 year old senior music education major at California state university that has been playing guitar for about 10 years. I've owned 6 electric guitars and 4 acoustics. so my opinion may or may not matter to you. (depending on your level of experience)

Guitar: I am reviewing the epiphone les paul custom pro. I waited 2 monthes after owning this guitar (black + gold + ivory is classy hehe)to write a review to see if the rose colored glases faded, and they haven't, so I'll take this review in steps.

how I picked this guitar: I wanted a les paul so I went to several guitar stores and played the cheapest model, then next cheapest until I found one I fell in love with - this one

Body/neck: this axe sports a mahogany (or whatever less expensive relative of mahogany that they call mahogany at epiphone) body and neck, with a maple carved top, this guitar doesn't have a flat face. the body's plateau appears (I haven't seen the blueprint lol) to be running along the lower half of the thru-neck (the part inside the body). the body and neck are both generally girthier and heavier than a lot of guitars, including most of the lower model epiphones, however gibsons made with higher quality mahogany will be heavier. it is worth noting that the balance between the headstock and body of the guitar is nearly perfect when standing up with a strap, this will vary from guitar to guitar, but you should have to worry about the guitar taking a dip in either direction even with cheap straps. the neck is feels thinner and faster than the other les pauls I played working my way up to this one. the rosewood fretboard has a pleasing finish on it, along with reflective pearl block inlays. mine has some small white lines that look like aging (but obviously aren't) but I've learned to like them anyway. I don't know if this is common among the fretboards on epiphones or if its just on mine, as I never paid attention to what they looked like on the other models in store. the finish on mine has minor imperfections around the fretboard's binding, but it doesn't bother me or affect the instrument, nor is it noticeable. overall the wood, shape, and finish of the body and neck are beautiful and feel great. Note: the finish is a bit too pretty, I turned down a gig because it was outside and I was worried about accidental damage.

Tuners/bridge: this guitar comes stock with a gold locktone tune o matic and 14:1 grover tuners. I love the grover tuners, they are very satisfying to turn without much/any "play" and are excellent at maintaining tuning. I plan to replace the tuners with the locking versions of the same tuners eventually, otherwise I've always been a fan of the grover "ear shaped" pegs on a LP headstock, and the gold finish on the tuners is holding up well. however the bridge doesn't share this resolve. if you palm mute or play ponticello often at all you will wear the gold off the bridge. that being said the bridge is excellent as far as non-tremolo bridges go. unlike the older tuneomatics, the locktone bridge won't fall off the guitar if the strings are removed, not only is this more convenient, but epi/gibby say it increases sustain, and I'm inclined to believe them, but it might just be the heavy mahogany body providing it.

Pickups/electronics: although I plan to replace them with actives, I really do like the probuckers. enough so to where I think I'll stick em in another guitar later. the bridge pickup has good output and crunch, and you can get some good metal tones through it. I use my neck pickup when I play jazz at my college. the guitar comes wired for coil splitting right out of the box which increases your possible tones at the cost of more feedback and some of your output. which is always nice except the factory messed up mine somehow. for some reason what should be my bridge volume functions as a secondary bridge tone. another small quality control issue on an otherwise amazing instrument. right now I never use my bridge volume anyway (pfft dynamics in metal?) and the neck volume functions as a master volume when using both pickups. and I don't feel like replacing the pot now when I'm gonna get emgs later. (maybe get a cheaper dot and put the probuckers in it?)

overall: this is a beautiful, warm sounding instrument and after I set it up surpasses the feel of any other instrument I've played (to clarify almost every guitar in the 1K+ range I've played was hanging on a wall and probably wasn't properly setup). and I'd give it a 4/5 from the factory because it is epiphone, and you might get a lemon (there was two of these on the rack when I bought mine, and the other one didn't feel anywhere near as good.) with the potential of a 5/5 (cost vs quality) after you've changed parts and setup the guitar to your liking (isn't that a thing, buying the epi then stripping it instead of a gibby?)

I absolutely love this guitar, anybody who's played mine loves it (one of my friends actually wanted to buy it off me and offered to overpay) but I plan to keep this guitar through graduate school and beyond until (and possibly after) I can afford the Gibson version (4K!)

I rated this guitar a 5 based on the one I own and the price I paid. if you order this guitar and you aren't satisfied, before you ask for a refund, ask for a replacement and try a different individual. because like I said, there were two of these in the shop, and one played like a cheap epi special, and mine feels better than my friends Gibson lp studio

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A low cost alternative to a gibby, but..

Recv first " second" restock,to save a little dough.Was a great option in the past , but this one? Was not very playable, set up was poor. tried to...Read complete review

Recv first " second" restock,to save a little dough.Was a great option in the past , but this one? Was not very playable, set up was poor. tried to set up, but it was still poor. no ring, no sustain, dead fret near nut....huh? It's a Les Paul? Well sent it back , next one better. still a bit of neck backbow...maybe from poor storage, long shipping, etc. , unsure why. Corrected that slight issue, then new strings and setup. I like really low action, this one is close, but can't achieve the same action as my gibs'. Neck feels fatter,rounder...and seems narrow at the nut...did not measure, going on feel. Plays ok, little buzz, no dead frets, but even the upgraded p/u's sounded a little thin and brittle. Binding on rear of lower horn pretty iffy, but not usually seen. There may be better options in the price range, too bad-always wanted a L/P custom...Stared saving again. I will keep to use as backup or for outdoor functions. let my studio or std. do the real work...too bad. Picked up my studio right after playing, difference in playability and tone are light years apart. Spent the same dough on a Str@t mex and it looks and plays as it should, great. maybe look at some others, unless you too, really wanted a custom.

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5.0

Worth Every Penny.

By GBM321

from Tucumcari, NM

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom PRO Electric Guitar:

    You can't go wrong with this guitar. It's hands down one of the best guitars Epiphone has ever made. The neck is smooth and has a lot of speed to it, the pick ups have so much clarity and are capable of producing any sound you want for any style of music you play, the craftsmanship is unbelievable and will keep you in awe every single time you pick it up and start playing it, it's incredibly beautiful!(I got the Ebony&Gold!), and the hardware is perfect!

    If you're wanting a real solid all around amazing guitar for the perfect price, this one is for you.
    I would put this up against anything, anytime, anywhere.

    This guitar is worth every penny. Epiphone has truly made something special here.

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    5.0

    Beautiful finish very playable great action sounds awesome

    By Jr

    from Pa

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom PRO Electric Guitar:

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      5.0

      I would buy it again

      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 PRO Electric Guitar:

        It is heavy but does not detract from its awesomeness

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        5.0

        This guitar is a beauty in every way

        By rjamese

        from San Jose, CA

        About Me Professional Musician

        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 PRO Electric Guitar:

          I decided to order this guitar after looking at a lot of different images of it online and researched the pickups.
          As a former pro musician, I've been playing Fender Strats for almost 40 years, but one of my first electrics when I was a young teen was an ebony Univox Les Paul from the early 70's. I'd been looking for a nicer version for a while and this one really caught my eye. Had to have it.
          And after receiving it, all I did was change the strings and have at it. The guitar is solid, the tone is fantastic and the feel is really nice. Fit and Finish are top notch. I see no point in paying for a Gibson model, it can hardly be much better than this one is, at 1/4 the cost of a comparable Gibson. I find myself wanting to play this one over my Fender Strat when it's time to crank it up for a few hours, at least for now. I would not hesitate to recommend this guitar to a beginner or an experienced player.

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          5.0

          Best Xmas Present i bought for my boyfriend

          By Chooky

          from Australia, but boyfriend in Ohio

          About Me Novice

          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 PRO Electric Guitar:

            My boyfriend absolutly loves the guitar, he says he cant put it down and wants to play it all the time, so looks like i picked a good one. Merry Xmas and Happy New Year.

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            5.0

            I just got ebony Les Paul

            By Vit

            from Lake Geneva WI

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            Pros

              Cons

              • No problems

              Best Uses

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom PRO Electric Guitar:

                for my own personal use

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                4.0

                Good Experience

                By Notfragile

                from Virginia, USA

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics
                • Variety Of Tones

                Cons

                • Doesn't come with a hard case or gig bag.
                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Les Paul Sound with a twist
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom PRO Electric Guitar:

                First of which this guitar is worth protecting so buy a hard case. The Epiphone ENLPCS worked well for me. I found the guitar to be of very good quality and sound. Was surprised of the smoothness of fret board, inlays, binding, neck, etc. and the playing action setup out of box. The pickups in standard forms are similar to their more expensive cousins sound and effects wise. The bridge seems not as loud as the neck. The coil tap and phase switching provides numerous sound/tone options. It sounds good through both Marshal and Fender tube amps. This is a high end Epiphone, not a 4 grand USA made custom LP but very nice LP of it's own. I purchased it to use for slide but it sounds and plays to good to limit it to a higher action I need to play that style. Very pleased!

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                5.0

                I had to return the first one I ordered

                By Kg

                from Phoenix, AZ

                About Me Novice

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Good Pick Up

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom PRO Electric Guitar:

                  The white version looks amazing..better than the pics

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                  5.0

                  Great guitar, greater with a few mods....

                  By paul

                  from salt lake

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                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts

                    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom PRO Electric Guitar:

                    I've had mine for quite a few years now....(Korean made). I love the feel of the neck and love the sound. I have customized it a bit more and feel this adds tons to the tone....
                    1) swapped out pickups for 2 gibson alnico 5 burstbucker pros-single most significant improvement in tone!
                    2) replaced bridge with wilkinson, high mass, roller bridge. More sustain, warmer tone IMO
                    3) Wilkinson kluson style locking tuners: prettier and this thing never goes out of tune
                    4) replaced neck pickup 500K tone pot with a 1MEG tone pot: I've always felt neck pu on les paul's sounds muddy.....a 1 MEG pot just gives it more brightness and edge..

                    Love this guitar!

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                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Amazing Guitar!!!

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                    By WildAce

                    from Las Vegas

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom PRO Electric Guitar:

                      First Impressions:
                      The guitar in Alpine White is absolutely stunning! Every aspect from craftsmanship to the weight is perfect.

                      Meat & Potatoes:
                      This guitar represents what Gibson and Epiphone are all about! Aside from making my own nut and trust-rod minor adjustments, the guitar is great! I was a little skeptical about the ProBuckers and the split coils, but these things will play anything. The out-of-phase switch really makes a unique tone. The 500Ohm pods are very sensitive and a little adjustment goes a long way. There is simply no limitations of sound that this guitar can't handle. I play mainly digital equipment and I couldn't find one amp or music genre that I couldn't play this guitar on. A lot of people want to change these pickups out and they are CRAZY!
                      The only thing I noticed that caught my fingers was the frets. They seemed to be coated with a protectant. After changing the strings and rubbing down the fretboard with a neck conditioner it was gone. The body weights and feels amazing. Some people have shipping issues with minor things such as broken toggle switches, but I found mine in perfect condition. In fact, the guitar was packaged and shipped with great care to ensure the guitar arrived in mint condition.

                      Bottom Line:
                      This guitar simply cannot be over looked because it doesn't have a name your looking for!! Gibson's and Epiphone's quality really shines through on this guitar. It feels great, plays great, and is in a very respectable price range. I usually change out a few items on my guitars, but I can't see anything that needs replacing. Buy it-you won't regret it! I would take this guitar to any show without a backup hands down.

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