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Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar   

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A mahogany body with maple veneer and authentic Les Paul tone.

This plain top Epiphone Les Paul Standard is an electric guitar that delivers all the signature sound of a Gibson Les Paul at a fraction of the cost. The mahogany body provides superb resonance while the Alnico Classic humbucker pickups deliver loads of warmth. The set mahogany neck with slim-tapered profile and rosewood fretboard give you the familiar feel and fast action that Les Paul players love so dearly. Neck and body binding and trapezoid inlays produce the classic look seen on stages around the world for decades. The LockTone tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece provide more sustain and make string changing easier.

FEATURES
  • Resonant and warm-sounding mahogany body
  • Tone-building maple veneer over carved top
  • Alnico Classic humbuckers for true Les Paul tone
  • Fully adjustable tune-o-matic bridge
  • Precision Grover tuners

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Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar

  • Mahogany body
  • Maple veneer over carved top
  • Alnico Classic humbuckers
  • Chrome hardware
  • Grover tuners
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Slim-tapered neck profile
  • Rosewood fretboard with trapezoid inlays
  • Body/neck binding
  • LockTone tune-o-matic bridge/stopbar tailpiece
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EpiphoneLes Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 324 reviews)

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    (35)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (35)
  • Good feel (32)
  • Good tone (30)
  • Solid electronics (20)
  • Good pick up (19)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (6)
  • Poor pick up (6)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (32)
  • Jamming (31)
  • Small venues (19)
  • Recording (17)
  • Rock concerts (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (30), Novice (9), Professional musician (5)

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A fabulous guitar at a great price!

Got this beautiful Pelham blue guitar as a Father's Day present for my husband. I had read numerous reviews on this model and most were very happy with it. The great price was a...Read complete review

Got this beautiful Pelham blue guitar as a Father's Day present for my husband. I had read numerous reviews on this model and most were very happy with it. The great price was a screaming deal. As soon as he opened up the box he fell in love with it, the fine craftsmanship, great feel, and excellent sound. Initially he was thinking about getting a Joe Bonamassa version, but once he compared this version with it he realized it is virtually the same guitar minus the signature logo. He is particularly fond of the light touch of the strings and their flexibility. All in all this is a great addition to his lovely collection and will be a regular player for his private jam sessions. We have bought 9 out of 11 guitars from Musician's Friend and have always been incredibly satisfied with the excellent price and superb quality of the instruments. I also purchased my Yamaha keyboard from them as well over a year ago and am still having a blast enjoying this fine quality machine. Not once have we ever had damaged goods, and the delivery has always been fast. We are very satisfied with our purchases and will likely buy all our future instruments and accessories from Musician's Friend as well.

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Musician's Friend is GREAT! Epiphone LP?

This review has to be divided into two distinct areas, one to address the product itself and one to rate the quality of assistance from Musician's Friend's" Gear Heads". Let,s...Read complete review

This review has to be divided into two distinct areas, one to address the product itself and one to rate the quality of assistance from Musician's Friend's" Gear Heads". Let,s consider the guitar, the Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top.
For it's price point, the Epiphonr Les Paul Standard Plain Top is a pretty decent deal, especially if purchased with the intent of modifying this guitar.The pickups leave a bit to be desired, especially the neck.pickup which is "muddy" sounding. The tuning machines are a bit lacking, but do the job. The nut is poorly cut and plastic and causes the strings to "bind" or "pinch" which can make tuning difficult. The action was quite high when I received this guitar, so be prepared to do (or have done) a complete professional setup. The "shock" on this guitar came when I removed the control cavity cover from the back of the guitar-THE WIRING JOB WAS HORRENDOUS!!! It is obvious that, at the factory, the original wiring job must have been done incorrectly, and instead of being removed and rewired, the "incorrect" wires were simply "snipped off" leaving a bunch of one inch long wire stubs in the control cavity and the "rewire" job was simply added to the "mess". It looks as if your waiter dropped your plate of spaghetti on the floor and quickly scooped it back onto your plate. If this could make it through Epiphone's Quality Control, it's scary to think what else might make "out the door" at Epiphone. The guitar is acceptable, to me at least, because I bought it to go with a matched set of Seymour Duncan Antiquities Pickups and I intend on changing pots, caps and wiring ed well. If doing these mods weren't on my agenda, then I would have returned the guitar, but because of these mods and the great deal I received on this instrument, it's a keeper and when done, I expect this guitar to be "on part" with many Gibson Les Paul s. Due to the poor wiring job, I can only rate this guitar with a "3", as fit and finish is good.
Now, to Musician's Friend. I have to rate Musician's Friend a 5+.. Gear Head Sam Bingham is a wonderful person to work with and made everything too good to turn down. Not only did I receive a great deal, but Sam went "out of the way" to make sure that I was happy with my purchase and I am. Sam is not o.lay a Musician's Friend but is also a "musician" and a person that I'm both happy and proud to call "friend". As a musician, Sam understands your needs and is always able to steer you in the right direction for your equipment purchases and Sam follows up.Sam's exhuberence for the job, love of music and eagerness for all customers to be, not just satisfied, but happy with their purchase. This is a 'refreshing' if not an all too rare experience in this day and age. Give Sam Bingham a call...you'll be glad that you did.

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4.0

Great guitar !!! I've played Gibsons that were not as good

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from MountAiry,NC

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Pick Up
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

    Played in bands sustain great easy to play neck felt great

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    5.0

    Great Guitar...

    By 

    from SW Virginia

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Finish Perfect
    • Fun To Play
    • Made as good as they get!

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Anywhere they'll have you

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

    I Played a 59' Les Paul a lot back in the 70's. This one beats it hands down. Looks,sound and play ability is much better.

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    5.0

    This Epi is Well Worth the Money!

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    from Springfield, MA

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • High Quality
    • High Qualitye
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Any Live Gig
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

    I already own 4 American Les Pauls and love each of them. Lusting after a gold top, I thought I'd try an Epi Standard. I am very pleased with the build quality, fit and finish, tone and playability. This is an awesome guitar and will share by live gigging guitar stand with the native born versions of the LP. Absolutely gorgeous and I'd recommend it as an entry level guitar for your teenaged student or for the gigging professional. I honestly can't put it down!

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    4.0

    Great guitar for a great price

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    from Miami,FL

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

    As a student, there's not much I can do to afford the professional strats and les pauls, but I can say that this guitar is beautiful. Hooked it up to my old 50 W amp, and with pedals, it gets the job done with a great tone, while fitting a budget. First thing I noticed is that there is a significant fret buzz on the low E string. I was also upset when I unpackaged it, there was a dent on neck that was somewhat noticeable. It doesn't bother me much two months later, but still a good buy.

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    4.0

    Epiphone Les Paul Standard

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    from Tennessee

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Great value for the money

    Cons

    • Very heavy

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

    I bought this after getting an open box that had electronics problems. This is a nice guitar although a little heavy. The setup was good for me I am playing just as it came. Workmanship seems good. I got this just to mess around with some blues stuff. It is a little heavy but I don't plan on gigging with it anyway. Overall a good value for the money.

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    2.0

    Electronics problem

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    from Tennessee

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      Cons

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          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

          Guitar was an open box blemished and did have one minor ding on back, but electronics had a short. Return was easy.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I love this guitar so very much

          By 

          from Denver, CO

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

            I bought the open box ebony version of this guitar. I cant find a blemish of scratch on it. The action felt good right out of the box. All i did was raise the pick ups. Its a beautiful guitar. Nice shinny finish. The chrome looking pick up covers and hardware look great with it. The tuners work decent. I tuned the guitar to D and it sounds great and stays in tune. The neck and fret board feel great. Easy to speed pick with the way the arched top body feels with the pick guard. Sure I would love to own a gibson les paul but I wouldn't mind owning ten more of this epiphone model. I tried to find a used model of this guitar cheap but no one wants to get rid their's.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Musician's Friend is GREAT! Epiphone LP?

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            from in the thumb of a big mitten

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            Pros

            • Comfortablr Playing
            • Decent At Price Point
            • Good Feel
            • Solid Build

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz
            • Poor Pick Up
            • Poor Quality Control
            • Terrible Factory Wiring

            Best Uses

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

              This review has to be divided into two distinct areas, one to address the product itself and one to rate the quality of assistance from Musician's Friend's" Gear Heads". Let,s consider the guitar, the Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top.
              For it's price point, the Epiphonr Les Paul Standard Plain Top is a pretty decent deal, especially if purchased with the intent of modifying this guitar.The pickups leave a bit to be desired, especially the neck.pickup which is "muddy" sounding. The tuning machines are a bit lacking, but do the job. The nut is poorly cut and plastic and causes the strings to "bind" or "pinch" which can make tuning difficult. The action was quite high when I received this guitar, so be prepared to do (or have done) a complete professional setup. The "shock" on this guitar came when I removed the control cavity cover from the back of the guitar-THE WIRING JOB WAS HORRENDOUS!!! It is obvious that, at the factory, the original wiring job must have been done incorrectly, and instead of being removed and rewired, the "incorrect" wires were simply "snipped off" leaving a bunch of one inch long wire stubs in the control cavity and the "rewire" job was simply added to the "mess". It looks as if your waiter dropped your plate of spaghetti on the floor and quickly scooped it back onto your plate. If this could make it through Epiphone's Quality Control, it's scary to think what else might make "out the door" at Epiphone. The guitar is acceptable, to me at least, because I bought it to go with a matched set of Seymour Duncan Antiquities Pickups and I intend on changing pots, caps and wiring ed well. If doing these mods weren't on my agenda, then I would have returned the guitar, but because of these mods and the great deal I received on this instrument, it's a keeper and when done, I expect this guitar to be "on part" with many Gibson Les Paul s. Due to the poor wiring job, I can only rate this guitar with a "3", as fit and finish is good.
              Now, to Musician's Friend. I have to rate Musician's Friend a 5+.. Gear Head Sam Bingham is a wonderful person to work with and made everything too good to turn down. Not only did I receive a great deal, but Sam went "out of the way" to make sure that I was happy with my purchase and I am. Sam is not o.lay a Musician's Friend but is also a "musician" and a person that I'm both happy and proud to call "friend". As a musician, Sam understands your needs and is always able to steer you in the right direction for your equipment purchases and Sam follows up.Sam's exhuberence for the job, love of music and eagerness for all customers to be, not just satisfied, but happy with their purchase. This is a 'refreshing' if not an all too rare experience in this day and age. Give Sam Bingham a call...you'll be glad that you did.

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              5.0

              I got a good one!

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              from Jupiter

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel

              Cons

              • Poor Pick Up

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

              I have had a long journey to get a nice Les Paul. Even though I have a real SG the Gibson Les Paul is prohibitively expensive and the more expensive Epiphone LPs don't make sense to me since I am able to drop to pickups and enhance the wiring. After returning two ebony restocks due to cracked necks during shipping I took advantage of a coupon and got a Gold Top which is a lot more interesting than black as it has nice wood color on the back too. The standard pickups and tone has much to be desired. I popped in a couple Gibson 57 classic pickups. On the wiring I replaced the unlabelled capacitors with ceramic .022 uf one's that are probably even less than 100v since they are small. It's ridiculous that people use expensive 600v capacitors that pretty much sound the same. Then I removed the electronics from the body leaving only the switch wire attached, mounted the pots on a piece of cardboard so I could work on it outside the body and made a couple slight changes to the wiring so the it goes from Modern wiring to 50 wiring. This gives me a clearer sounding guitar both bass and treble and it sounds fantastic even at low volumes whether controlled by the amp or in part by the guitar. Be sure to set a towel on the back of the guitar as splats of solder shoot off (I learned the hard way on the back of my SG and it took off a spot of satin finish after I removed it). The new pickups and wiring puts this on par with a genuine Gibson. The previous Epiphone LP was made in China but this one is made in Indonesia. There is a clear difference between this guitar and the other one. I have had a nice modern fender Tele made in China so I'm not going to bash anyone just that this one is made very well. Also, a word about the wiring. Epiphone is more inventive than Gibson in that it uses a clever method of daisy chaining the pots so you don't have the mess that comes in a Gibson. The quality of wire isn't like the Gibson but it's decent wiring any way and once the signal is being transmitted correctly it doesn't make a difference. When you look at the inside of my Epiphone it is refreshingly neat vs opening up a Gibson that looks like a mess. My Indonesian EPI LP has no buzzing from the frets or loose bridge or anything. None of my other guitars are as perfect in this sense. The fretboard is not dry or have any signs of being exposed to a harsh environment. I could explore even better pickups at this point but there comes a time when you accept the guitar you have since it is sounds like what it was intended to and sounds great. I bought a couple pull/push pots for coil tapping since my 57s have 4 wires but I rarely use that feature on my other guitars so that's another reason to just leave things the way they are. Everytime you touch your guitar there's always some minor evidence something was done. I did notice some minor play in a couple of the grover tuners but I think that might be solved by tightening it, but I'm leaving it since it holds tune perfectly. Intonation was only slightly off on one string and not it's fixed and probably as a result of changing the pickups. This is one of my prized guitars. I think the hardest part of owning a guitar like this is the eventual scratch it might get. But it's better to be focused on improving my guitar skills and making nice music. Amazing you can get a guitar for this value.

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              5.0

              Easily as good as the real thing

              By 

              from Winnipeg, Canada

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              Pros

              • Easy to set-up
              • Feels Like The Real Thing
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone
              • Nice To Play

              Cons

              • Paint Is Not As Good

              Best Uses

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

                I changed the pick-ups to "Bare Knuckles" after 6 months and then held a "blind" play test. I own the Epi and a Gibson. Of the 5 guys I invited; playing through both a Fender Blues Deluxe and a Marshall MG50..... 4 of the 5 preferred the Epi on the Marshall and 3 of the 5 preferred the Epi on the Fender amp. Not bad for a "cheap" guitar that everybody seems to hate. Guitar snobs is all I can say. Buy a really nice amp with the savings on the Epi over the Gibson !!! Gibson's just are not worth that kind of money.

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