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The perfect guitar for smaller rockers or travel.

The Les Paul Express is the little Les Paul that roared. The Express captures the look, sound, and feel of a full size Les Paul but in a smaller package that's perfect for younger players and for travel.

Great Design Features
While the new LP-Express is still a true Les Paul at heart, Epiphone incorporated some unique design features to ensure that the guitar performs well for beginners as well as professionals looking for a travel guitar. While the body is made from mahogany like most classic Les Pauls, the neck on the Express is Hard maple as opposed to a traditional mahogany neck. This gives the guitar a little more high-end "bite" or brighter tone which effectively offsets the slightly looser string tension due to the shorter scale length. Additionally, the combination of the fully-adjustable "fixed" bridge with a string-through body design fits perfectly on the smaller sized body while adding sustain and making string changes a breeze. Finally, the neck is bolted in place securely using four recessed bolts set into a tapered heel making upper fret access easy and comfortable.

Classic Les Paul Sound
The Les Paul Express features an Epiphone 650R humbucker in the neck position and an Epiphone 700T in the bridge position. Both pickups share the same qualities as Seth Lover's original PAF humbuckers of the late '50s and feature Alnico pickups that give you an infinite variety of tone colors and sounds.

Premium Additions
With the slightly looser string tension, its even more important to have great machine heads. Epiphone designed the new Express with premium, 14:1 ratio die-cast machine heads to give you excellent tuning accuracy and stability.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
Classic Les Paul style in a smaller package
Great for young players or travel
Mahogany body with bolt-on hard maple neck
Full-size 22" scale-length neck with rosewood fingerboard
Equipped with Epiphone 650R(neck) and 700T (bridge) ceramic humbucking pickups
Flush-mounted, 1-piece fully adjustable bridge/tailpiece combination
Case sold separately

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SPECIFICATIONS
Body Material: mahogany
Neck: Hard maple
Neck Shape: SlimTaper
Neck Joint: Bolt-on, Tapered Heel, 4-bold recessed
Scale length: 22.0"
Fingerboard: rosewood with dot inlays
Fingerboard: Radius 12"
Neck Pickup: Epiphone 650R Humbucker
Bridge Pickup: Epiphone 700T Humbucker
Controls: 1- Master volume, 1-Master tone
Frets 21: Medium jumbo
Bridge: Epiphone FB-601 full adjustable
Nut width: 1.69"
Hardware: nickel
Machine heads: premium die-cast

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EpiphoneLes Paul Express Electric Guitar
 
3.7

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

74%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (18)
  • Good feel (15)
  • Good tone (11)
  • Good pick up (9)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

  • Flat sound (4)
  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (18)
  • Jamming (14)
  • Small venues (5)
  • Recording (3)
  • School bands (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Novice (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent little axe! Feels/sounds like a fullsize lp!

I've played for years and have been in several bands, would not hesitate to take this little fella up for a full set any day! I added a little mini Lea Paul pickguard I...Read complete review

I've played for years and have been in several bands, would not hesitate to take this little fella up for a full set any day! I added a little mini Lea Paul pickguard I made and some chrome epiphone pickup covers for a vintage custom mini lp. Currently my favorite guitar, easy to just grab and jam on for a few minutes or a good enough quality instument to record with. I inspected it closely out of the box,
No blemishes on the beautiful warm tobacco burst finish, no buzzing or noise, just a clean clean little les Paul that shouts Gibson quality, I'm actually amazed at the lp tone this thing has at its size. Fun all the way.

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frustrating guitar

I got this guitar for its size, as a travel guitar, partly because it was originally advertised as coming with a gig bag that was made for it. Apparently, that was a...Read complete review

I got this guitar for its size, as a travel guitar, partly because it was originally advertised as coming with a gig bag that was made for it. Apparently, that was a misprint; there was no gig bag.

I was doubtful about this guitar, for good reason. I couldn't get the saddles back far enough to get the intonation right, the 14:1 tuners are cheap & too low of a ratio, the fret tops are rough, and the body shape isn't quite what a Les Paul looks like.

I wouldn't recommend this guitar to anyone, especially a beginner, because getting it in tune was impossible, for me at least...I returned the one I ordered.

I have 2 Epiphones, a Nighthawk & a Wildkat, & they are so far beyond this waste of material I am surprised and disappointed that Epiphone would put their name on something so poorly thought out, unless the one I got was a lemon...

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Has the Les Paul sound

By Gtrpcknman

from Western SD

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Express Electric Guitar:

    I have several Epiphone instruments and the first thing I'll say is you can't go wrong with an Epi. This little axe has terrible tuners and strings on it that will not allow it to stay in tune for very long or with very hard playing, but swap the strings for Elixirs and put mini Grover machine heads on it and you've got a mini Paul...I'd recommended this to anyone with a fair knowledge of setting up guitars.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent little axe! Feels/sounds like a fullsize lp!

    By Jetsetretrodesign.com

    from Santa Fe New Mexico

    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
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Express Electric Guitar:

      I've played for years and have been in several bands, would not hesitate to take this little fella up for a full set any day! I added a little mini Lea Paul pickguard I made and some chrome epiphone pickup covers for a vintage custom mini lp. Currently my favorite guitar, easy to just grab and jam on for a few minutes or a good enough quality instument to record with. I inspected it closely out of the box,
      No blemishes on the beautiful warm tobacco burst finish, no buzzing or noise, just a clean clean little les Paul that shouts Gibson quality, I'm actually amazed at the lp tone this thing has at its size. Fun all the way.

      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Learning Tool

      By MATTR35S

      from Escanaba, MI

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Express Electric Guitar:

      I bought this to teach my son (10 yrs) to play and care for a musical instrument. Due to the smaller scale, too much pressure when pressing the strings can have a pitch bend effect. I chose to remove the springs from the adjustable bridge pieces for the 2 lowest strings to set the intonation correctly for open and fretted strings. This setup results in different locations for harmonics, but seems to work best as a beginner won't be using harmonics on purpose. This is a playable guitar with far better quality than I expected for the price. My son loves it and I'm jealous that he gets to start out on a Les Paul!

      (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      frustrating guitar

      By Michael

      from undisclosed

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      Pros

      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Flat Sound
      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Express Electric Guitar:

        I got this guitar for its size, as a travel guitar, partly because it was originally advertised as coming with a gig bag that was made for it. Apparently, that was a misprint; there was no gig bag.

        I was doubtful about this guitar, for good reason. I couldn't get the saddles back far enough to get the intonation right, the 14:1 tuners are cheap & too low of a ratio, the fret tops are rough, and the body shape isn't quite what a Les Paul looks like.

        I wouldn't recommend this guitar to anyone, especially a beginner, because getting it in tune was impossible, for me at least...I returned the one I ordered.

        I have 2 Epiphones, a Nighthawk & a Wildkat, & they are so far beyond this waste of material I am surprised and disappointed that Epiphone would put their name on something so poorly thought out, unless the one I got was a lemon...

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        poor quality

        By Travis

        from Indiana

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Express Electric Guitar:

        The truth is I have been playing live for over 25 years. The majority of Epiphone guitars have innotation problems and the guitar rarely stays in tune. This is why so many famous musicians endorse epiphone but play gibson such as slash ace frehley and tommy thayer and the list goes on. So my 18 year old son asked me to buy ian epiphone lp copy for his birthday. The pickups sound good.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great second travel/

        By AmericanAnti-CommunistPatriot1776

        from Sacramento, CA

        About Me Novice

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Express Electric Guitar:

          For the money this is a great guitar. Yes, it could probably use some new tuners if played as your regular guitar, but for a spare and "beat up" guitar these tuners will work just fine. For the money I'm very satisfied with this purchase. It will serve as an excellent back-up guitar where I don't want to take my main guitar, an Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro, and also sounds pretty good to boot for the price. This will be my camping, beach, travel and toss around guitar.

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Ok guitar but intonation was way off!

          By Dom Franco

          from Portland, OR

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Great Sound When Tuned Up

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz
          • Intonation Was Very Bad

          Best Uses

          • Jamming

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Express Electric Guitar:

          Once I put new strings on, I could tell it would never play in tune from the factory set up. I had to move back all the saddles to set proper intonation (this is common on cheap guitars) The "B" string was so bad I also had to augment the nut with a small piece of black plastic to avoid playing sharp at the first 3 frets. Once done, it now plays like a dream!

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Arrived Broken

          By Shortscale

          from Columbus,OH

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Express Electric Guitar:

            Arrived with inop toggle switch. Bridge pickup would not work. Have new part on order which adds more money to the cost of the guitar. This guitar was not inspected to see if it worked correctly at the factory or at Epiphone. Maybe buy this at a store so you can check to see if everything works.

            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            waiting to see

            By CCT

            from Philadelphia, PA

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Flat Sound

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Express Electric Guitar:

            Too soon to tell. Needs new strings. I read to use heavier gauge ones like .011 or 0.12. Just ordered some Jazz stings. Needs intonation work. Fun to play. Pick-ups sound good. Neck and frets very good! Not sure about bridge yet. Also, read that one should tune 1/2 step up for a 3/4 size guitar. I like it so far. I wonder how functional it will be.?? I think it will be fine once I make a few adjustments. Looks great!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            I would buy again

            By Bones

            from Balsam Lake, Wi.

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Playing Rocksmith
              • Practicing

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Express Electric Guitar:

              Good little guitar. Bought it mainly to play Rocksmith on my ps3. I wanted a smaller guitar because I sit in an easy chair when I play the game and it workes well for that.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              not too bad, for the price...

              By Michael

              from undisclosed

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel

              Cons

              • Flat Sound

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Express Electric Guitar:

              This guitar has a nice heft, the neck is very comfortable, and it plays reasonably well, but the tuners won't hold a tuning, and I had to remove the spring behind the #6 string saddle to get the saddle back enough to get the intonation right. I also had to burnish the rough spots off the frets. Fortunately, its cost is low enough to spend a little on upgrades.

              I got this guitar to practice & travel with, but the gig bag it's supposed to come with didn't come. The folks at Musician's Friend were good enough to send me a regular Epi LP gig bag until the right one comes...

              Bottom line: I would not recommend this as a beginner's guitar, & would only recommend it to an experienced player with the understanding that it will probably require some upgrading. All things considered, I expected better from Epiphone.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              poor quality control

              By Richard

              from Reno Neveda

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • junk

              Cons

              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Express Electric Guitar:

              After having a recent back surgery my gibson les paul became to heavy to play.
              So began to search for a lighter weight guitar to take rehearsals. I had an epiphone les paul jr. 10 years ago
              I bought this guitar assuming epiphone quality control was what it use to be. First off cosmictally this guitar looks great. until you set it up. tuneing keys and bridge are a joke unless you play in a drop tuneing. plays like a cheap Harmony guitar from the Sears catalog.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Nasty quality

              By Goose

              from Skin neck teddy new york

              About Me Novice

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              Pros

                Cons

                • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Express Electric Guitar:

                  Bad switch, bad tuners and only half size guitar I have ever seen.

                  (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Solid guitar

                  By Uniquegeek

                  from Sedona Arizona

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                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel

                  Cons

                  • Flat Sound
                  • Poor Pick Up

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Express Electric Guitar:

                  Pickup design is the usual boring Humbucker with the sane dead sound. Seymour Duncan & EMG pickups would bring this guitar alive. I am replacing the pickups with EMG 84 & 81
                  to add some life to this guitar. I love the body design and feel of this solid guitar.

                   
                  4.0

                  For the Money - Cant Beat It !

                  By Larry the Guitar Guy

                  from Canton, OH

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Horrible Tuning Machines

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Kid's Guitar
                  • Practicing
                  • Travel Guitar

                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Express Electric Guitar:

                  This little Les Paul is a great guitar for what it is. It sounds great, plays easy, and the electronics work as they should. Its the perfect guitar for a young child or in my case as a travel guitar. The overall quality is very good except for the tuning machines - they are cheaply made, turn jumpy and won't keep tune. I have replaced them and now its an excellent little guitar. I wish Epiphone would put better tuning machines on it to begin with, but at this price - I see why they don't.

                   
                  3.0

                  Intonation a Problem

                  By Lou

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel

                  Cons

                  • Hard to Intonate

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming

                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Express Electric Guitar:

                  Like others have mentioned in the reviews I found this very hard to intonate. I would definitely not get it for a beginner. The build feels solid, and well made, and it plays decent, but trying to get it to stay in tune all the way up the neck is a problem. I put the heaviest gauge strings I could find on it and it helped. If you are good with guitars, it might be a good choice if you have the skills to toy around with it. It's a fun guitar to play otherwise though.

                   
                  3.0

                  The good and the bad...

                  By Male Guitarist

                  from Hyannis, Massachusetts

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                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Express Electric Guitar:

                  The good: The neck was straight. The set-up and action were playable. The fret ends were smooth, with no sharp edges. The guitar is well-balanced (i.e., the instrument is not "neck heavy" as one reviewer on another website indicated). All in all, it feels solid.

                  The bad: I honestly thought, that the pickups would be one of the finer features of this guitar. Unfortunately, these pickups were the worst that I've ever experienced. The guitar has noticeably weak output, and the tone is just horrible. At one point, I actually doubled-checked to see if the instrument was even plugged-in! The output and tone were worse than the cheapest Squier guitar.

                  For what it's worth, there were a few small "blemishes" on the guitar. I found a couple small paint drips on the face of the guitar, and there were two "nicks" on the side of the neck.

                  Final thoughts: All of these 3/4 guitars (Mikro, Minion, Mini Strat) are marketed as children's guitars, travel-size guitars, or for people with small hands. Well... after trying one,, I think the "children's use" is the only reasonable application. I'm only 5' 9" tall, 170 pounds, and there's no way I could comfortably play chords on this guitar. Evidently, when they say "small hands", they're talking about a 5 foot tall female of 125 pounds. Of course, for playing "leads" (scales), it's a complete dream. You can burn-up the fretboard easily while playing individual notes. But, who wants a guitar that you can't use to play chords/rhythms on?

                  For a child or tiny adult, this guitar is pretty well made for the money. Just change the pickups immediately.

                   
                  5.0

                  How do they do it?

                  By FM

                  from PHX

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Express Electric Guitar:

                    For what this is, it's spectacular. How can they they build it, ship it half way across the world, halfway across America, and into my hands for a buck twenty? It plays great, sounds solid like a good 2 humbucker guitar should, and looks like a legit guitar.

                     
                    5.0

                    if youre thinking about it, try it!

                    By Lela

                    from SParta, TN

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Express Electric Guitar:

                      Love the feel of this girl! Sounds better than I thought it would. I'm small framed, and this fits me great - so much easier for little hands, but sounds as good as it's big brother. My strap holders were stripped out :(, and the pickups weren't perfectly installed - you can tell with close inspection that it isn't top notch, but HEY for the price it's an awesome sounding guitar! YES I would buy again. It'll last a long time and is easy to upgrade when you want. Buy it!

                       
                      5.0

                      Great little guitar, some tips....

                      By Pycklestain

                      from GJ, CO

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording
                        • School Bands

                        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Express Electric Guitar:

                        Tightening those tuner peg base screws, neck bolts ect. = seems to assist greatly in keeping intonation. Eph appears to under torque them a bit in production to prevent stripping, so a careful final tightening is very much key.

                        With a few hex key turns and a slight truss rod pull to the north, the action became perfectly on-point with zero buzz. Also, supplement a set of Gore's Elixirs and it howls perfectly like a champ in Rocksmith.

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