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Epiphone Les Paul Plustop PRO/FX Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst

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Pro features and a Floyd Rose whammy bar.

Epiphone's Les Paul Plus Top Pro/FX has all the great features and looks of a Les Paul but adds a double-locking Floyd Rose tremolo and coil-splitting for an amazing combination of crunch and versatility.

In the neck position is Epiphone's Alnico Classic humbucker, which provides warmth and subtle tone with a full, even response that doesn't hold back when you need that classic humbucker crunch. In the bridge position is the Alnico Classic Plus humbucker. A perfect companion to the Classic, it is overwound for a slightly higher output without sacrificing its rich, vintage tone. Both feature Alnico-II magnets, enamel wire, and are double vacuum waxed. 4-wire output on each pup allows for coil-tapping, and this Les Paul guitar takes full advantage of it with push/pull potentiometers on both volume controls. Combined with the 3-way toggle, these give you 8 killer tones in one great Les Paul guitar.

The Epiphone Pro/FX guitar features a Floyd Rose Special nickel-plated tremolo. The Les Paul body is routed out in back of the tremolo to allow for pitch raising up to 2-1/2 steps while the downward range is wide enough to get the strings slack. It's combined with an R4 locking nut for improved tuning stability.

As with all great Epiphone Les Paul guitars, the Pro/FX features a solid Mahogany back with a highly flamed maple top and a solid mahogany neck that's hand-fitted and glued into the body for excellent neck-to-body contact. The neck features a SlimTaper "D" profile that's both comfortable and fast.

Other features on the Epiphone Les Paul guitar include quality Grover machine heads, LockTone Tune-O-Matic/stopbar, and Epiphone's own StrapLocks.

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FEATURES
  • Top: flamed maple
  • Back: mahogany
  • Neck: set mahogany
  • Scale length: 24-3/4"
  • Neck shape: SlimTaper "D"
  • Tuners: Grover
  • Fretboard: rosewood
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Nut width: 1-11/16"
  • Neck pickup: Alnico Classic
  • Bridge Pickup: Alnico Classic Plus
  • Controls: 2 volumes, 2 tones with coil-splitting, 3-way toggle
  • Pickup selections:
  • 1) Neck humbucker
  • 2) Bridge humbucker
  • 3) Neck/Bridge humbucker
  • 4) Neck single-coil
  • 5) Bridge single-coil
  • 6) Neck/Bridge single-coil
  • 7) Neck humbucker/Bridge single-coil
  • 8) Neck single-coil/Bridge humbucker
  • Bridge: Floyd Rose Special tremolo
  • Hardware plating: nickel
  • Case: sold separately
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    EpiphoneLes Paul Plustop PRO/FX Electric Guitar
     
    4.5

    (based on 45 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good feel (9)
    • Good tone (7)
    • Fun to play (6)
    • Solid electronics (6)
    • Good pick up (5)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (7)
    • Practicing (7)
    • Recording (6)
    • Small venues (5)
    • Rock concerts (4)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Very happy with my purchase.

    I am giving 10 stars based on the price point, not because I have am expensive les paul and comparing. Basically I am a strat player (trem used constantly) in a classic rock...Read complete review

    I am giving 10 stars based on the price point, not because I have am expensive les paul and comparing. Basically I am a strat player (trem used constantly) in a classic rock cover band but always fealt that the les paul sound/look "fit" this genre better and thought its time to give it a whack, now that this guitar is available and at a low price. I have owned a LP studio and a vintage recording LP, and this guitar feels right at home with the quality and playability. PS - The pickups are a 8 out of 10, they are fine for most uses, I like them, good crunch, like a mellow 59 PAF...but this guitar would be a beast with an upgraded bridge PU and the standard Gibson knobs I mentioned.
    This guitar should get an "11" for features, it has all the tricks I rely on with my trem equipped strats. The coil tap is actually very effective, unlike some other guitars where the single coil tap is just too thin and useless. The Floyd is a PIA at first (newbie) but works well, and many reviews show it stays in tune as well as other big buck trems. The trem arm does get floppy quickly, I was told to wrap some plumbers tape on the end and its tight again, (an issue with all Floyds, not Epi's fault). The allen wrenches are conveniently stowed under the headstock, which is pretty cool. The locking nut also works like it is supposed to, 3 retainers with 3 allen screws. The 3 way switch is solid feeling and the knobs taper very smoothly. Although the "top hat" knobs are a poor choice considering they are difficult to pull for the coil tapping...easily replaced. Compared to a USA alder strat, this thing is much heavier than the strat but lighter than a Gibson LP (maybe 1.5+ pounds over strat?), and doesnt have the body cut-outs of a strat making it uncomfortable in some positions, buy a wide comfy strap and enjoy...(this is just basically standard differences in LP's and strats not the guitars fault).
    I also own a Epi 335 dot deluxe and have always been impressed with the quality for the price. The 335 is many years old and looks and feels as solid as new. This LP "feels" like quality, the finish all around is gorgeous the parts are all very good quality. The frets were not all smooth, take the time to do a proper setup or have your tech do it. The frets are smaller than what I am used to, but with proper setup I have the action set super low and it is a super fast neck to get around on. Intonation was dialed in out of the box and the overall finish on the neck is very nice...its satin unlike the thickly painted/lacquered necks you usually see on Gibsons. I actually prefer this as it is faster and your hands dont heat up as much, something I have on all my fenders. The input jack feels very strong, which is a common nuisance when I am out gigging...guess we'll see how it holds up over time.
    If you are remotely considering a LP or a LP with a floyd and taps you would be silly to pass this up at the price, excellent value!! This is indeed as close as you will get to the much more costly Alex Lifeson model. I played other guitars in this price range and none of them really fealt as solid with all the features. ACT NOW, This model is discontinued for some reason, (I have seen scant reviews saying the bridge pickup was in the wrong place)...blarney. The one I got was an Indonesian model and the pickup appears exactly where it should be. An 1/8 of an inch displacement (on the Chinese models supposedly?) wont change the overall tone...more to do with people changing pickups/pots and caps that made this guitar sound darker.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not as good as I hoped...

    Contrary to most of the other reviews I did not find this guitar to be a great value and I returned it. Reasons for return: 1) Flame on Honey Burst was nowhere as...Read complete review

    Contrary to most of the other reviews I did not find this guitar to be a great value and I returned it. Reasons for return: 1) Flame on Honey Burst was nowhere as nice as the pictures, 2) Poly finish was applied heavily and not consistently... too wavy for me, 3) Poly finish had two cracks on the rear near the input jack, 4) Pickup and tremolo cavities were routed completely through the body, and 5) MF forgot to send the free case that was supposed to accompany the guitar.Having read the other reviews, I'm inclined to think that the early production models in Indonesia are far superior to the China produced models. Routing completely through the body for pickups/tremolo just seems like unnecessary cost cutting. This is the second time I purchased a limited edition Epi LP and the second time I sent it back. The pics of the guitar on the MF site are very nice but the product I received was nowhere as good looking. On the plus side, the neck was nice and it seemed to play ok. I just think there are better guitars (fit and finish) for $700.

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Plustop PRO/FX Electric Guitar:

    What can I say, the guitar met and beat all my expectations. The value for the money was astounding. I had a 97 Epiphone Custom and I hated it and got rid of it. This has a better tone, better finish, I love it. I own 11 other guitars - Gibson Les Paul Standard (DC), Gibson Les Paul Stduio, Peavey Wolfgang, Fender Blackmore Strat, Fender American Standard Strat, Fender 50s roadworn strat, 97 Fender MiM strat, Carvin custom shop C6, ESP, Line 6 Variax, Martin Accoustic. This epi is a great axe. i wanted a LP with a FR and this is it. Is a Gibson LP better....YES ...marginally...but not commensurate with the price. Last point, I was going to change the PUs but they are fine for now. Not as hot as my burstbucker pros in my Gibson LP but not bad at all. Yes, it does sound like a Gibson. Highly recommended.
    I bought the guitar becuase of the floyd rose. The FR is excellent, the pickups better than expected. The coil split is not very useful.
    Flawless. Set up WAS done and it was done right. Neck, body, finish all excellent. Outright gorgeous guitar,
    I bought it on sale...honeyburst. Price was a great value. For the price you won't buy a better guitar. If you can't afford a Gibson Les Paul (one of the standard models) this is a great compromise. It plays, looks and feels great. It looks better than my Gibson Les Paul studio but the Gibson is a bit hotter.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very happy with my purchase.

    By Dave Watson

    from NY

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Plustop PRO/FX Electric Guitar:

    I am giving 10 stars based on the price point, not because I have am expensive les paul and comparing. Basically I am a strat player (trem used constantly) in a classic rock cover band but always fealt that the les paul sound/look "fit" this genre better and thought its time to give it a whack, now that this guitar is available and at a low price. I have owned a LP studio and a vintage recording LP, and this guitar feels right at home with the quality and playability. PS - The pickups are a 8 out of 10, they are fine for most uses, I like them, good crunch, like a mellow 59 PAF...but this guitar would be a beast with an upgraded bridge PU and the standard Gibson knobs I mentioned.
    This guitar should get an "11" for features, it has all the tricks I rely on with my trem equipped strats. The coil tap is actually very effective, unlike some other guitars where the single coil tap is just too thin and useless. The Floyd is a PIA at first (newbie) but works well, and many reviews show it stays in tune as well as other big buck trems. The trem arm does get floppy quickly, I was told to wrap some plumbers tape on the end and its tight again, (an issue with all Floyds, not Epi's fault). The allen wrenches are conveniently stowed under the headstock, which is pretty cool. The locking nut also works like it is supposed to, 3 retainers with 3 allen screws. The 3 way switch is solid feeling and the knobs taper very smoothly. Although the "top hat" knobs are a poor choice considering they are difficult to pull for the coil tapping...easily replaced. Compared to a USA alder strat, this thing is much heavier than the strat but lighter than a Gibson LP (maybe 1.5+ pounds over strat?), and doesnt have the body cut-outs of a strat making it uncomfortable in some positions, buy a wide comfy strap and enjoy...(this is just basically standard differences in LP's and strats not the guitars fault).
    I also own a Epi 335 dot deluxe and have always been impressed with the quality for the price. The 335 is many years old and looks and feels as solid as new. This LP "feels" like quality, the finish all around is gorgeous the parts are all very good quality. The frets were not all smooth, take the time to do a proper setup or have your tech do it. The frets are smaller than what I am used to, but with proper setup I have the action set super low and it is a super fast neck to get around on. Intonation was dialed in out of the box and the overall finish on the neck is very nice...its satin unlike the thickly painted/lacquered necks you usually see on Gibsons. I actually prefer this as it is faster and your hands dont heat up as much, something I have on all my fenders. The input jack feels very strong, which is a common nuisance when I am out gigging...guess we'll see how it holds up over time.
    If you are remotely considering a LP or a LP with a floyd and taps you would be silly to pass this up at the price, excellent value!! This is indeed as close as you will get to the much more costly Alex Lifeson model. I played other guitars in this price range and none of them really fealt as solid with all the features. ACT NOW, This model is discontinued for some reason, (I have seen scant reviews saying the bridge pickup was in the wrong place)...blarney. The one I got was an Indonesian model and the pickup appears exactly where it should be. An 1/8 of an inch displacement (on the Chinese models supposedly?) wont change the overall tone...more to do with people changing pickups/pots and caps that made this guitar sound darker.

    (4 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Big Disappointment

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Plustop PRO/FX Electric Guitar:

    I'm scoring all the categories 3 out of 10. There is worst stuff in the marketplace. Epiphone should see this as an embarrassment. This guitar shouldn't be named after Les Paul.
    For the same money, or a little bit less, you can get a Gibson Melody Maker, made in USA. It's a no frills, plain Jane guitar, and it will blow this Epi Les Paul away. If you need some cool features, a trem, innovative pickups, get a Fender Marauder. That's one of the best you'll see from China - Fender makes sure of it.
    I own both the Marauder and Melody Maker. I know they're good. I sent the Epi LP back and don't want another. Below it asks Do I own the product. I have to say NO. I did very briefly, but couldn't justify the dollars and was hugely disappointed.
    Features are great when they provide the intended benefit. Let's look at some of the features of this Epiphone Les Paul Plus Top Pro FX. Coil splitting is a very cool feature, but I didn't keep this guitar long enough to find out what tonal benefits I would receive. A Floyd Rose Trem, that should be a nice feature, especially on a Les Paul. It's a cheap imitation on this guitar, and more trouble than joy. Factory strap locks sound like a winner. OOPS! They're not so good on this guitar. I don't think they can be trusted. The simplicity of a maple neck should be hard to mess-up, unless it's a plastic, wood-grained wannabe that they could have at least made smooth to the touch. The features are good in theory, but poor in practice.
    Quality is simply CHEAP. I bought this guitar based on its reputation, features, and quality. It's too expensive to be Cheap, but Cheap is what it is. Cheap as in compromised quality.
    If everything on this guitar was exactly as it was supposed to be, it would be a wonderful value. It's overpriced junk.

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    THE NICEST LES PAUL BAR NONE

    By SKIPPY

    from CANADA

    About Me Experienced

    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 Plustop PRO/FX Electric Guitar:

      ANY NEGATIVES THAT GIBSON OWNERS MAKE UP AGAINST EPIPHONES STOPS HERE. THE REASON THE GUITAR GOT DISCONTINUED WAS THAT IT WAS CANNIBALIZING SALES OF THE AXXESS FOR 10 TIMES THE PRICE. PERIOD

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Les Paul PlusTop PRO/FX Desert Burst- Review

      By Steve Krall

      from Florida, USA

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      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Plustop PRO/FX Electric Guitar:

      Overall--- a decent guitar for the price. I already have an Epi Les Paul and have been jonesing for a Lifeson or Schon. I would have changed pickups (to Dimarzio Distortion and SD JB, likely). And I'm not really getting along with new Floyds. The arm comes unscrewed and creates an awkward clunky floppiness (which can be addressed if desired). My old OFR doesn't do this because it's screwed into a nut on the underside. My Wilkensen fits in snugly without screws. This isn't Epiphone's fault though. It's awesome that Epi finally fitted a Floyd to their LP's. Thanks Epi and thanks Musician's Friend! For around 500 USD you can get into a guitar that wold otherwise cost you 3 grand or more. If you like Les Pauls and use a trem...give this guitar a spin. Easy on the wallet and opens up new avenues for your music.
      Les Paul PlusTop PRO/FX Desert Burst: Typical sound and feel of Les Paul with Floyd Rose Tremolo and coil taps (single coil switches). Gave this an 8 because it's nothign fancy BUT! it's about dang time we see Floyds on LPs! Comes with strap locks too!
      Very nice top- well done finish. Binding good, frets good. Tunes nicely...solid feel. Floyd is okay- my problem with it is not related to Epiphone. Does lose a little sustain during use. Not sure why. Like most guitars in this price range (especially Epi)....a pickup change will do wonders. However, these pups are acceptable for basic rock outfit and into metal too. Gave it a 7 because the quality stays in usual Epiphone range, and the Floyd makes it a complicated system, but still does well in it's price range.
      As stated above...the price versus quality...or(to me) "general value"... is good. At that price... a very good bargain. It gives you everything you would expect from an Epi LP... plus the Floyd and coil taps. Plays solid all around the neck. Fit and finish are enough to be proud of. It will make you want to take care of it.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Les Paul for the Strat player!

      By Curt

      from Chicagoland

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      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Plustop PRO/FX Electric Guitar:

      I have to admit, I ve been a Strat player for the past 20 years I ve been watching this guitar for the past year, or so reading reviews, watching the price, waiting for free gifts or incentives when the opportunity finally came, I purchased the Honey Burst Epiphone Les Paul Plustop PRO/FX.

      Quality," Features and Value all ranked ""9"" for a great instrument in the entry-level price range. Don't be afraid to expand your guitar collection with this Epiphone!
      The guitar needed set-up", this is expected. The finish is nicely done. The frets are dressed cleanly. The inlay is better than many. The guitar is extremely playable. The sound is classic Les Paul. Plus the coil taps add versatility like none other. Now remember, I may be tainted by years of Stratification but for me, this guitar rings like the greats.
      I m not a big fan of the Epiphone strap locks that came with the guitar. The button on the top of the guitar is stripped; I ll probably replace them with Dunlop strap locks.
      I just can t be too picky with a guitar in this price range. My guitar was made in a Chinese factory (check the Epiphone.com forum for info), I ve not played it side-by-side with another, but the gap between the Floyd Rose and the bridge pick-up doesn t seem to be extreme.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Really Nice Quality for price.

      By William Mays

      from DFW

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Plustop PRO/FX Electric Guitar:

      For the price, this was a great deal. Would buy another if necessary. What more can you say?
      Grovers, coil tap, and Floyd special are great features.
      Build quality is excellent. My top (hertiage sunburst) is fantastic with great stain pattern, and beautiful finish overall on instrument. Can't find any real flaws on this one.

      Only problem with mine was electronics. It came stock with neck pu wiring problem. PU output was too low due to bad pot. Changed out guts anyway, so wasn't a big deal. PU's are ok, left them stock for now.

      Floyd stays in tune very well while playing, and you can pick it up after its sat in case for weeks and it just requires small tweaks using Floyd's tuners. Stays in tune much better than my Epi SG anniversary model.

      Epi strap locks were not to my liking. Replaced with Dunlops.
      Fantastic deal for the price when these were on special. If its not to your liking, it dosen't break your wallet to change things out. Great base to customize.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Epiphone Les Paul Plus Top PRO/FX Desert Burst

      By Jim Bob

      from Minneapolis, MN

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      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Plustop PRO/FX Electric Guitar:

      Simply, nothing to complain about. I think any player would like this even if they are a Pro or an American only guitar player.
      If lost or stolen I would for sure have to replace it.
      Coil tap a big plus, Floyd another Big Plus, Grovers a Plus
      I find it hard to believe this thing was made in China. Personally the only reason it's 9 & not a 10 is MIC.
      Only a minor truss rod adjustment was needed. That's a personal thing. I like a little more space between strings & frets around the 12 TH fret area.
      Came to me New In Box. I expected something with much less from China. Pleasantly suprised at the quality.The top veneer curly maple top is very well book matched.The Grover tuners function great.All electronic controls work Great.The Floyd is FANTASTIC. This thing stays in tune even with radical Floyd use. Then I can put in down for 2 days, day 1 hot & humid, day 2 hot & dry, and it's still in tune.Weight is just right.I did however, replace the strap buttons so they match the rest of my guitars & I can use the same strap.Floyd - Wow I can't believe that after I use the Heck out of it it is still in tune. Way better than I expected. In this price range. Is this thing Made in USA ? No but still WOW.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Epiphone Les Paul Plus Top PRO/FX

      By Jim Bob

      from Minneapolis, MN

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      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Plustop PRO/FX Electric Guitar:

      There are hundreds of Les Paul Copies from every country," But Epiphone copy's Gibson best.I am very impressed with the quality of this China made Epiphone. I don't think a blind man could tell the difference if he couldn't read the ""Made In China"" label between equivelent Gibson/Epiphone model's The Floyd is very smooth functioning with very little effort. This thing stays in tune even with extreme use of the Floyd all night long. Put the guitar down for a couple days. One day hot & sunny the next day raining & humid. And the thing is still in tune. The fine tuners on the Floyd do the job easily without taking up a lot of time. Love the Neck it seem's just a bit fatter that the 60's neck. It's carve make's it feel good & substantial without feeling too fat or too skinny. The controls work flawlessly. Love the Coil tap on both volume knobs for each pickup. The Top of by Desert Burst is very well book matched. Although I believe it is just a thin Maple veneer it still Looks Great. Weight is substantial", but not too heavy or too light. A just right feel. Mostly due to the back cut out for the Floyd.This one came to me new in box. The set-up was near perfect, it needed just a little tweak on the truss rod to bring the string action up just a bit. Very minor adjustment. Upon the first tune up, it takes a while. Kind of like a Strat. You tune it, stretch the strings, tune it stretch the strings, tune it stretch the strings then your there. Initial tuning with new strings is similar to what Strat owner have to got thru every time they change strings. But, once you've got it tuned it stays solid for days of use or even if it just sits a few days it is still in tune. The Floyd works like BUTTER. Very smooth pitch changes with very little force used on the wiggle stick. Compared to a Bigsby, the Floyd make's Bigsby way old school. You can only dive maybe a whole step & raise the pitch only about a 1/2 step. The Floyd pretty much has NO LIMITS.The Grover tuners work great. Finally Gibson is putting Grover's on some of their models with a great improvement in tuning stability. Epi. has been doing Grover's on their higher end models for a long time. It just took Gibson Too long to follow suit. Only thing I didn't like are the '57 classic neck & '57 over wound in the bridge. However, I moved the bridge pickup to the neck & put in a Hot CARVIN Humbucker in the bridge position. Now this thing sounds like My $2000 plus Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro. I would recommend this model to anyone that is not a Professional with deep pockets & big royalty checks coming in. I think this just might be the Best Epi. Les Paul in the whole Epi. LP line up. Followed closely by the Epi. LP Ultra II. However," I have never tried any guitar with active pickups. I'm an Old Schooler.Very impressed with the quality in a modestly priced instrument. Expecially if you consider the price range & compare it to a Gibson an 1/4 th the price. If it were lost or stolen I would have to get another one. This is a ""Can't Live without it kind of guitar"".
      Pretty much said it all above. How can an
      equivalent Gibson cost 4 times as much ? Again Highly recommended. In fact I would definitely recommend it to any level of player from Beginner to Pro. Sure", the Pro has to have that Gibson Head stock just to look Cool.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Are you KIDDING ME?

      By RockinRob

      from PA

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      Pros

      • Craftsmanship
      • Finish
      • Fit
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Setup

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Plustop PRO/FX Electric Guitar:

      I've been playing semi-pro on and off for over 4 decades and I have over 30 instruments. I had just tried a Gibson model with a Floyd a few weeks back. Granted the TOP was FLAWLESS and like a mirror of flame! Yet the price of 2500 and the few imperfections on the neck seating and the fretboard was one of their new manmade ones, meh. So I saw THIS Epi and have a few other Epi's besides my Gibson collection. I ordered this from MF it came within 5 days. I opened it up looked at it real good front and back. I was truly AMAZED at how much better the fretboard was, the craftsmanship, and the Floyd. For UNDER 400, that's about 6 times LESS than the Gibson. Granted the TOP is NOT the Gibson top, however it IS bookmatched nicely and it is very nice looking. These pix do NOT give this axe justice. I got a HoneyBurst and am VERY, VERY HAPPY! THey are going DISCONTINUED..I wonder WHY? It's AMAZING for the price. It needed a good setup and some adjustments. Now it PLAYS and LOOKS like a dream. HURRY UP and GET one before they're GONE!

      (1 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Not worth the money

      By shane daly

      from rochester ny

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      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Plustop PRO/FX Electric Guitar:

      I bought a Fender stratocaster mexican and it was everything i wanted and more. I love Les Pauls but I was very disappointed with this purchase.
      One of the string was broken upon arrival and i had to go out and buy a new pack immediately. The neck was completely straight and the E string was buzzing off the frets. The finish was nice but that was the only good thing about this guitar. Im pretty upset that i bought it.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good deal on a Paul!

      By Michael Steffen

      from fremont, ohio

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Plustop PRO/FX Electric Guitar:

      Overall, this guitar is easy to keep in tune (one of my biggest things) and fun to play and I would recommend it for anyone who loves the idea of playing a heavier Les Paul with a Floyd Rose...it's a great-looking, heavy-duty guitar...I bought a case for it afterwards because it's actually nice enough to keep nice.
      Picked this up in the Honeyburst finish when it was on sale a couple months ago. Played one in vintage sunburst when I and the other guitar player in my band were shopping at local store when they were much more , so I already kind of knew what it was like...pickups aren't nearly as hot (just like most Epiphones) as a Gibson's, but I find them more versatile than some of the reviewers would lead you to believe. Coil-splitting adds even more variety. Best feature of the guitar is the Floyd Rose. Mine stays in tune very well.
      In the past, many Epiphones I've seen would have all kinds of imperfections and issues...but this guitar is assembled beautifully. It was better than I expected...the straplocks are kind of tedious...wrench holder on the back of the neck is convenient. It's a heavy guitar...the Honeyburst finish is sweet. The neck is a matte sort of finish and plays nice...I've been using it live for a few shows now...stays in tune really well. It did require about two hours of adjustment when it arrived...a small amount of truss rod, string height, and bridge adjustment 'cause I tune down 1/2 step. It works great now though.
      Who can afford the Alex Lifeson/Gibson version of a Les Paul with a Floyd? Not this guy! I don't think I have bought a better guitar for this price. The pickups are just regular Epiphone and aren't super hot, but I don't think they're necessarily as bad as some of the reviews implied. For a tenth of the price or so of the Gibson, I'll just play my Epiphone version.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Epi Les Paul Plustop Pro/Fx Hands On Review

      By Normal Human

      from Chicago

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      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Plustop PRO/FX Electric Guitar:

      I've had this guitar for a few weeks and I'm quite pleased with it.The features on this guitar are perfect. I'm not a big fan of whammy bars, but I needed to get a guitar with one I could crank on for a project I was doing. When I saw a Les Paul with a Floyd I pulled the trigger. I gave it a "4" in quality because out of the box this thing was not set up well at all, but every new guitar should be set up by a pro. This guitar needed a fair amount of fret work, not unusual for a guitar at this price point, and the intonation was way off. With the work done this guitar plays great and should stay that way for a long time. Epiphones tend to hold up very well.After set up, I'm very pleased with my purchase. The neck finish is smooth and fast. The pick up switching is wonderful. The whammy bar can be cranked on and the guitar will hold tune. The wrenches having a spot on the back of the headstock is a stroke of genius. It sounds good, but I'll probably change the pickups to give it a more genre specific voice. Did I mention is looks fantastic?Value is a 4.5 because I had to spend money to get it playable. That said, I'm a working professional and my standards need to be pretty high.Overall, I dig this guitar and I'm glad I bought it!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great guitar but one flaw (and you probably won't care about the one small flaw)

      By Brett Robinson

      from USA

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Plustop PRO/FX Electric Guitar:

      So I bought this guitar because I only play with Floyd Rose guitars. I hate going out of tune and I hate tuning on stage. I also really dislike most of the guitars they put Floyd Rose bridges on. They are all strat copies (jacksons and the like...). So this was really different. I had always wanted a Les Paul - this fit the bill perfectly.

      The one drawback of most FR equipped guitars these days is that the bridge floats. Why anyone would want this is beyond me. If you break a string, the whole guitar goes out of tune. Makes the guitar a real liability in a live setting. So either you need to find a FR equipped guitar with a flush mounted bridge (which they really don't make anymore) or you buy one with the floating set up and install a trem-stop. $20 piece of hardware, 20 minute installation.

      I bought this with the intention of putting on the tremblock. Due to the way the bridge is installed and the general configuration of the back of the guitar you just cannot install a trem-stop. So I was really dissapointed. The guitar sounded great, played great, etc.. but I can't install a d-tuna if I can't install a trem-stop and I can't break a string without going helplessly out of tune. So although the guitar looked beautiful, sounded great and played like a dream it's useless to me.

      This isn't to say it would not be a great guitar for you - but if you like a FR and want to install a d-tuna, or just put in a simple $20 trem-stop set up, is not for you.

      Luckily, musicians friend was great about the return. I could not find out prior to buying what the configuration of the back of the guitar was like. Within seconds after opening the box, I could tell it wouldn't be possible - so they sent me a return slip the same day and I had my money back

      (Ended up getting a Peavey Wolfgang used for $500 since these have a flush mounted bridge)

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Pretty darn good for the money!

      By Jonathan Bird

      from New England

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      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Plustop PRO/FX Electric Guitar:

      See above
      I have always wanted a Les Paul with a Floyd Rose and of course the Alex Lifeson Axxess is the ultimate, but I don't have that kind of money for a guitar. So instead I decided to give the Epiphone Pro/FX a shot. The finish is absolutely stunning! (Mine is desert burst) and the glued neck is really nicely done. I'm not sure about the weird matte finish on the neck. The jury is out on that. It's not bad or anything, just a little unusual. The guitar came with .010 gauge strings on it which I immediately swapped out for a set of my favorite D'Addario .009s. (Who uses a Floyd with .010s?) Then the Floyd Rose height needed to be reset. The intonation was terrible (I mean horrendous!) out of the box but that was fixed fairly soon with careful adjustment of the saddles using an electronic tuner. The neck buzzed a little and needed a tweak on the truss rod. It took about an hour to set up once I had my strings on it. People have said in other reviews that the pickups stink but I do not agree. The pickups are not bad at all, and the range of tones available with the coil-splitting on both the neck and bridge are excellent! This guitar makes a LOT of great tones between all the different combinations you can get. Very impressive. I actually think this is a better player guitar than my authentic 1990s Gibson Les Paul, especially with the Floyd Rose.

      The Floyd stays in tune very well, although the locking nut makes a strange creaking sound when I dump the Floyd down to fully slack strings, as if something is rubbing on something else. I don't hear it through the amp, just acoustically when I play with no amp. Yet when I release, the thing comes right back to perfect tune every time.

      The body is counter-routed behind the Floyd so you can pull up almost two steps. Very nice. This is a serious shredding axe if you understand the limitations of the upper fret access of a Les Paul.

      Overall, I wish this guitar had a cut away in back for better high fret access like the Gibson Axxess, but other than that, this is one fine guitar for the money. It looks great, it plays great and it sounds great.

      FYI, this guitar is a smidge longer than a standard Les Paul, I think because of the locking nut. It has a slightly longer headstock. It will NOT fit in the el cheapo generic Les Paul cases. You need to buy the authentic Epiphone case for it. Ask me how I know!!

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Not as great as some say....

      By Col. Klink

      from East Oakland, ca

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      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Plustop PRO/FX Electric Guitar:

      As I've said the plus top looks great, but sometimes it can't all be about looks. Especially if you have any expectations with this guitar. I do have to say after replacing the pus that the split coil feature was really evident. One the rythm pu it doesn't get the strat sound out of it, but at the same time there is a noticeable difference. And the worst thing about this guitar unfortunatly is the coolest thing about the guitar. If they offered a replacement trem for a decent price I'd make the change. It's the first Floyd I've had, so I cen't say that I'd get another one, funny thing is, I think they have the same trem on the Axxess.
      So I'm a Les Paul guy but can't afford the Gibson Axxess. So, this wasn't as affordable as it has been when I got mine. But it was something I couldn't go without. When it arrived I was wowed by the plus top. I got mine in desert burst. And wow, one of the best flame maple tops I've seen Gibson or Epi! It's amazing, at least the one I have is. It's the only one I've played or seen in person. Here's the problem, when I got it I was so impressed by the looks, and the split coil function. Now I play a heavy rock n roll , with a punk and metal influence. So the pickups weren't hot enough for me, so I put an alnico II in the neck, and a dimebucker in the bridge. Than made the guitar sound great!! But, there were hrs put in on the trem to TRY to get it to stay in tune. If I had the money I'd get a better Floyd Rose. Mine was built in China, I've heard and read that the ones NOT made in China are better. But the thing wouldn't stay in tune for the longest time.
      As I said my plus top is amazing.All chrome hardware looks nice. I think it would've been better to keep the guts of the guitar and put a floating bridge like a Kahler on it! Les Pauls get their sound from being solid bodys. Hence the pickup change in my mind is neccesary. The tuners, the split coil feature is great. But again, the trem is crap. It almost never returns to the same spot. So it's hard to keep in tune. I've had it profesionally set up, and was told to set it up to only go down not up. That way it would be easier to keep in tune. If the trem was better, and the stock pus were better, this would easily get a 10 from me.
      When I got mind they were 799. so I can't say it's a great value, when they went on sale soon there after I felt a lil burnt. But it is what it is. If you've ever wanted a Les Paul with a trem, and you can get it for a good price, keep in mind you'll need money for pus and set up.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome Awesome Guitar

      By Thomas O'Toole

      from USA

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Plustop PRO/FX Electric Guitar:

      Just took delivery of a Honey Burst. For the money this axe is incredible, and when I saw it on sale and noticed on the Epi website that the PRO/FX is currently marked 'discontinued!' I had no choice but to pull the trigger. As a casual player there is no way I can justify the money for an Alex Lifeson Les Paul that I crave. Wish they offered this model in the cherry red finish of Lerxst's. That said my Honey Burst finish is beautiful, guitar is solid and has plenty of sustain.

      Was curious as to how it would arrive and was surprised to see a checklist included saying the guitar was set up, ie string height, intonation and tuned etc. Well I certaintly didn't expect it to be in tune, (it wasn't) I figured if someone at the factory "set it up" I'd expect intonation to be there. Hardly. The intonation was WAAAAAY off. Not a big deal, it took me a bit of fiddling but I soon had her singing sweetly. Pickups are acceptable but I definitely see an upgrade in the future to something hotter.

      You won't regret this purchase, don't hesitate to grab one.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I love it

      By scott grabarek

      from Madeline Island

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Plustop PRO/FX Electric Guitar:

      Looks, feels and plays great.
      My "Les Paul Plustop PRO/FX" can sit in the case for as long as it takes and still be in tune (they want the name in my review for search purposes). I am glad I got mine before they dropped the model. It is such an incredibly versatile guitar and can do more than I need right now so I am glad I have the flexibility for the future when I am a better player. I love the overall fit and finish and the satin neck is like cream.
      Aside from a small intonation problem on the B string, it was perfect. There were no blemishes at all.
      It is a Les Paul .....and with a tremolo!! Why would you need any other guitar?

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Epiphone LP Pro FX

      By Martin

      from Asheville, NC

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      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Plustop PRO/FX Electric Guitar:

      Said it all in Features paragraph, good choice!
      I have had my Les Paul for about 6 weeks now upon writing this review. I read all the reviews when making the decision to purchase this guitar. I usually do my homework before ordering and one reason I bought this guitar is because there are a limited number of these left, as of this writing there are only 2 color choices left.When I got mine there was 4 colors available. Mine is beautifully made and if you decide to get the Gibson counterpart you are looking at least $4000. If you choose to purchase this I say it is an excellent choice for a quality crafted guitar. I recommend after you get it to google Floyd Rose guitar setup and do it yourself like I did instead of paying someone $100+ to do that. The tools are included and get a piece of sandpaper to take a minute bit off the upper frets between 19 and 22, you just have to check them when you bring the strings down and really isnt that complicated or time consuming as I thought it might be. There are several good videos on youtube that are pretty informative. Anyway, go ahead and order so all of us who have purchased will have collector items. Im very pleased with my purchase as the value has already increased since then and I expect it to keep rising and I do not intend on selling mine any time soon. Hope I never have to. Oh yea samash doesnt even offer them, I already looked. OK have a great time with yours and dont bother thanking me!
      Great Quality
      Great Value, these are the last of them.

       
      5.0

      Love this guitar...

      By Mushanga

      from Portland, Maine

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Plustop PRO/FX Electric Guitar:

      I've had this guitar for about 4 or 5 years. I saw it on a shelf at GC, and it looked amazing. I must have gotten one of the REALLY good ones. I plugged it into the amp, and I loved the tone. The coil tapping pots gave the neck pickup a nice bluesy tone, and the bridge pickup sounded good with a overdrive effect. About a year ago, the floyd rose special had a few issues.. The screw that locked the block into the bridge literally stripped. I decided to bite the bullet, and give it a new floyd rose. I got it a real floyd rose original in gold satin, and it looks even more amazing. My advice.. If you run into this guitar, GET IT. Just, don't be a bad at taking care of it like I was.

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