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Epiphone Les Paul ES Pro Hollowbody Electric Guitar
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Epiphone, a world leader in archtop design, presents the Les Paul ES PRO, a true ES-style archtop that combines Epiphone’s long tradition of building...Click To Read More About This Product
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A true ES-style archtop with Les Paul style ProBucker pickups.
Epiphone, a world leader in archtop design, presents the Les Paul ES PRO, a true ES-style archtop that combines Epiphone’s long tradition of building superior archtops with the classic sound and profile of the world’s #1 electric guitar, the Les Paul.
Featuring an ES-style body f-holes with traditional ES-body bracing, Epiphone ProBuckers with coil-tapping, a Dual-Action Truss Rod, Grover Rotomatic machine heads, LockTone bridge, and Stopbar tailpiece. The Les Paul ES PRO archtop hollowbody features a Flame Maple Top and Maple Body with the classic Les Paul profile with carved f-holes inspired by legendary ES-style archtops like the Casino, Sheraton, and the “335.” The body top and back has single layer white binding along with a cream pickguard.
The Les Paul style 24.75 in. scale neck has single layer Pure White binding and is made from Mahogany with a 1960s SlimTaper D-profile. The Rosewood fingerboard has medium jumbo frets, a 12” radius, and “Trapeze” pearloid inlays found on '50s era Les Pauls. Inside the ES-PRO hollow body is a center block and counter brace, both hallmarks of a true ES-style archtop.
ProBucker Pickups with “P.A.F” Sound
Like many Epiphone Les Pauls, the new Les Paul ES-PRO is powered by Epiphone’s critically acclaimed ProBucker pickups, designed to recreate the first generation of hand wound Les Paul humbuckers from the 1950s that today can only be found in rare “Sunburst” Les Pauls that go for over $150,000 on the vintage market.
Epiphone ProBucker humbucker pickups are made with the same 42 gauge Elektrisola wire as the originals plus 18% Nickel Silver unit bases and covers, the same alloy used by Gibson for their BurstBucker pickups. The Les Paul ES-PRO features an Epiphone ProBucker-2 in the neck position and a slightly “hotter” Epiphone ProBucker-3 in the bridge position for leads. Both pickups also come with coil-tapping, activated by a simple push/pull of each pickup’s volume control, which allows players to mix single coil and humbucker tones together in endless combinations.
Each pickup has “Les Paul” style volume and tone controls with Gold RidgeTop "top hat" knobs with metal pointers. The 3-way Pickup Selector has a white toggle cap. The Les Paul ES-PRO’s archtop body design combined with its vintage-toned ProBucker pickups makes it one of today’s most versatile electric guitars. And, it’s available for the fraction of the cost of a vintage ES-style archtop or Les Paul.
Solid Epiphone Hardware
The Les Paul ES PRO comes with world class rock solid Epiphone hardware including a solid nickel fully adjustable LockTone bridge and Stopbar tailpiece, a solid nickel Heavy-Duty Non-Rotating 1/4 in. output jack with square jack plate, and legendary Grover Rotomatics machine heads with an 18:1 turning ratio for fast and accurate tuning.
- Body shape: Single cutaway
- Body type: Semi-hollow or chambered body
- Body material: Laminated
- Top wood: Flame Maple
- Body wood: Mahogany
- Body finish: Gloss
- Orientation: Right handed
- Neck shape: SlimTaper D
- Neck wood: Mahogany
- Joint: Set-in
- Scale length: 24.75 in.
- Truss rod: Dual-action
- Neck finish: Gloss
- Material: Rosewood
- Radius: 12 in.
- Fret size: Medium jumbo
- Number of frets: 22
- Inlays: Trapeze
- Nut width: 1.687 in. (42.8 mm)
- 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 coil taps
- Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
- Pickup switch: 3-way
- Coil tap or split: No
- Kill switch: No
- Bridge type: Fixed
- Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
- Tailpiece: Stopbar
- Tuning machines: Grover
- Color: Nickel
- Number of strings: 6-string
- Special features: Electronics
- Case: Sold separately
- Accessories: None
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Comments about Epiphone Les Paul ES Pro Hollowbody Electric Guitar:
3.5 stars really. Nice looking light guitar. The ProBucker sounds great for a guitar in this price range but I still swapped in a '57 Classic because the last thing a light hollow body needs (for my taste) is extra upper mids although if you have a good amp with triple tone adjustments you can compensate. Not sure if this is standard procedure (probably is unfortunately) but there really should be a block behind the strap pegs to give the screws more meat to thread into!!! That's the kind of craftsmanship globalization has led to. The guitar is quite neck heavy but that's not really a flaw but rather a consequence of a hollow body. I ordered plastic tuner buttons to help and it would be nice if Epiphone had done that instead. Overall it's an awesome guitar for the price and will give great tone with those pickups if you have a good tube amp. The primary reason why I only rated three stars is that I've been playing a cheap Agile knock off for years (sounds amazing with a '57 in the bridge) that plays better than the Epiphone! I know it takes time to adjust but it's been weeks and still the same sentiment. I suspect the neck dive is the primary culprit but I'll have to get used to it because i really needed a light guitar like this. BTW, I got it down to 6.275 pounds with a billet aluminum bridge, taking off the pick guard which I do anyway, and putting a gutted pickup in the neck position. I estimate the plastic tuner buttons will drop it down to 6.1 or so but more importantly add some neck/body balance.
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