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Epiphone Les Paul Custom PRO Electric Guitar   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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
  • Mahogany body
  • Carved mahogany top
  • 24.75" Scale set-in mahogany neck
  • Pearloid inlays
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Block fretboard inlay
  • 22 Medium jumbo frets
  • ProBucker 2 neck humbucker with coil-split
  • ProBucker 3 bridge humbucker with coil-split
  • LockTone tune-o-matic bridge
  • LockTone stopbar tailpiece
  • Grover tuners
  • Case sold separately

Professional looks. Professional tone. Order yours today.

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EpiphoneLes Paul Custom PRO Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (16)
  • Good feel (14)
  • Good tone (12)
  • Good pick up (9)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (15)
    • Practicing (15)
    • Recording (13)
    • Small venues (10)
    • Rock concerts (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (14), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great guitar and worth every penny!

    I've been wanting to pick up a Les Paul for years and I've had my eye on this one for several months. The finish on and hardware on this guitar are simply beautiful. It...Read complete review

    I've been wanting to pick up a Les Paul for years and I've had my eye on this one for several months. The finish on and hardware on this guitar are simply beautiful. It plays smooth and has great tone. Add in the coil tapping and this is a great buy for the price. I'm very impressed with the quality of this guitar. Pick one up you won't be disappointed!

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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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    4.0

    I am pleasantly satisfied

    By Chris

    from San Francisco CA

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom PRO Electric Guitar:

      I recieved the Custom Pro in Alpine White on Thursday...

      The guitar is cosmetically beautiful... White finish on gold hardware is just gorgeous...

      After a few setup adjustments (pickup height and action), the guitar was fun to play. I was hesitant to buy one first since I've been a long-time "superstrat/shred guitar" user... Having a pair of small hands, I thought I'm gonna have some issue playing a chunky neck... Boy I was wrong! The neck feels great and comfortable, from rhythm to lead solos all the way to the upper frets past the back heel.... The neck is slim taper D, you can feel the meat behind the neck, but it's not uncomfortable as some players think (again, I'm a superstrat guy), in fact I'm getting a good grip and was able to play without any strain, fatigue or cramping on my left hand... I do prefer a slightly higher action on the LP than on my Ibanezes... I needed to thoroughly clean the fretboard to remove some of the dirt and gunk from sitting in the shelf/box for months, and replaced the strings with 9-46 gauge...

      the Probucker PU's... My ears needed a little adjusting since I'm too used to playing DiMarzio PAF... the PU's are crunchy... I plugged it straight to my Marshall clone with a pair of WGS Green Beret cab... The split coil are nice...Not quite chimey but they're pretty great for funky rhythm playing... The PU's can go from clean to crunchy and mean... The Custom Pro and Marshall clone is a match made in heaven...

      The guitar is not without a few flaws: Some of the frets need to be dressed... The 3rd and 5th frets on mine was slightly rough...

      Other than the minor flaw, I love playing the Epi since getting it.

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      5.0

      Excellent for price.

      By 3CBC3

      from Lubbock, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Looks Are Everything
      • Mine Came With Case
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom PRO Electric Guitar:

        This guitar is easy to tune ands stays in tune for long jamming sessions. Quality is excellent. Pick-ups produce great tone. I have no complaints.

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        \m/ \m/

        By Jared

        from Crown Point New York

        About Me Experienced

        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 PRO Electric Guitar:

          The only con with this guitar, in my eyes, is the sustain isn't as good as I anticipated. Witch can probably be resolved by an action or bridge adjustment. Other than that, this is a great guitar. I have been very pleased with the quality of craftsmanship. The tone is beautiful on a clean channel, and sounds great played through a nice distortion. The Grover tuners hold up great in any key. I would definitely recommend this guitar. I also purchased the hard shell case shown here, also worth the extra 90.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Buzz Lightyear

          By H

          from Alabama

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          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom PRO Electric Guitar:

            After hours of setting up to get rid of buzz....it still buzzes.
            Tempted to send it back and get replaced.
            Even discussed with Luthier and Epiphones are prone to buzz.

            I'm 56 and played guitar since i can remember.

            I know it's not a $$$ expensive guitar but at this price point I should get a buzz free guitar.

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Execllent service and delivery time!

            By Fastriff

            from San Marcos, CA

            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 PRO Electric Guitar:

              Cool looking guitar and plays & sounds great. I had a Gibson Les Paul Custom in the 70's and !970 Black Beauty and this guitar plays and sounds the same at a fraction of the cost.

              Comment on this review

              (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              A low cost alternative to a gibby, but..

              By hammerken

              from So Maine

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Looks good

              Cons

              • Lacking Quality Assy
              • Minor Fret Buzz
              • Not Slim Taper As Desc
              • Thin-brittle Pu's

              Best Uses

              • Back Up Axe
              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom PRO Electric Guitar:

              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.

              Comment on this review

              (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              As good as Gibson

              By venmuss

              from Rockport, Ohio

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom PRO Electric Guitar:

              This is my 5th or 6th guitar, but the first electric I spent a good chunk of money on. I wish I had done it years ago. This guitar will reignite your passion for playing. The way it feels in your hands just makes you want to be a guitar god like you did when you were 12 years old. The craftsmanship is just as good as Gibson. This is a heavy, solid instrument. My friend has a Gibson LP that he paid $2000 for, and the difference in sound is negligible. His is a little heavier and the neck is slightly thicker. Both things I could do without. Plus I actually prefer the Epiphone headstock and in-lays which start on the 1st fret, unlike the Gibsons. I've always wanted a Gib since I was young but when an Epiphone like this exists, I doubt I'll ever buy one unless I'm a touring musician. I have the Alpine White one which is gorgeous. I plan to purchase the Ebony one next. I just can't resist.

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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love This Guitar

              By Delmeteor

              from NY

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Great Sound And Feel
              • Solid Electronics
              • Stunning Looking

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom PRO Electric Guitar:

                This guitar is the buy of the century. I purchased the Alpine White model. Absolutely stunning to look at and plays and feels terrific. What amazes me is how quiet it is with no buzz whether coil-tapped or not in every position. Gibson has come quite a way with their Epiphone line and this is demonstrated by how many top guitarists are now using them in place of their Gibsons. I am a long time customer of Musician's Friend and can't say enough about their reliability and great prices.

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                (18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A Worthy King of the Epi LP Line

                By Topsy Krett

                from Ohio

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                  Cons

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                      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom PRO Electric Guitar:

                      I have played for 32 years, and have owned many guitars, including 3 Gibson LPs and 1 Epi LP Standard. I don't just hand out glowing reviews like Halloween candy, but this deserves it.

                      I needed a Les Paul to use while I am in Russia (since shipping one of mine here would be risky and costly) and so I tried a few at a shop in Saint Petersburg. I am quite familiar with LPs, so I knew what I was searching for. The white Custom Pro I ended up buying was definitely better than the two Standard Pros I tested. Something about its acoustic AND its electric tone was better, and the feel of it was superior. I noticed that the Custom was made in Indonesia, while the Standards were made in China (like the Standard I used to own). I also noticed that the Custom was a good weight -- about 9-9.5 pounds, which is right where it should be, IMO. After I got the guitar home, I measured the body. What I found was that this Custom Pro is just under 2 inches wide, which is exactly what my Gibson measures. The Epi Standard that I used to have measured only 1 3/4 wide.

                      The sound of the Pro-Bucker pickups is a giant leap forward from the pickups Epi had been using before. They are fat, bright, sweet, and crunch well. Not underwound and not over. The added tapping feature is a nice plus. So many tones!

                      The overall look, fit & finish, hardware, and fretwork are all excellent. (though there is a small gap between the pickguard and the neck pickup bezel). I also love the neck profile, which I think would suit many players.

                      My new Custom does everything a Les Paul should, IMO, and is a keeper - even with two Gibsons waiting for me back in the USA. I can honestly say that it holds its own with those guys. Of course it will never be exactly like an American-made Gibson, but I think that's beside the point: it gives a great Les Paul experience, does it with good quality and for a terrific price. Amazing.

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                      (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      and now I'm spoiled.

                      By DOWNFALL

                      from Bakersfield California

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • More Prone To Lemon

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom PRO Electric Guitar:

                      BEGIN WALL OF TEXT

                      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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