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Gorgeous Les Paul tone and looks at a price you can handle.

Stunning Les Paul looks and tone at a very attractive price.The plain top Epiphone Les Paul Standard electric guitar conjures all the signature glory of a Gibson Les Paul, but at a fraction of the cost. The mahogany body delivers superb resonance, and the Alnico Classic humbucker pickups deliver tons of warmth. The guitar features a set mahogany neck with slim-tapered profile, topped with a rosewood fretboard give you the fast action and familiar feel that Les Paul players can™t live without. With binding on the neck and body and trapezoid inlays in the fingerboard, you™ve got the classic Les Paul look as seen in videos and on stages around the world. Add Gibson' LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece to provide greater sustain and make string changing easier, and you™ve got a magnificent guitar at a great price. Use the drop-down menu above and to the right to choose colors and other options.

FEATURES
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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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

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99%

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Pros

  • Fun to play (59)
  • Good feel (54)
  • Good tone (51)
  • Solid electronics (37)
  • Good pick up (33)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (11)
  • Poor pick up (9)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (53)
  • Jamming (48)
  • Small venues (33)
  • Recording (31)
  • Rock concerts (21)
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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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(34 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Really Nice Guitar

By Billy6c

from NJ

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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:

    Picked this Goldtop during one of the 15% off sales. Now, I have been playing gee...50 years give or take a few. Let me tell you this: I was once big time into what name was on the headstock. But it took many years to get me to really put all that nonsense aside and just examine any guitar the same. Does it look good? Sound good? Does it play well? How is the craftsmanship, etc.

    This guitar is really nice. It plays as well as anything I have including some high end stuff. Most of how well it plays is in the set up and listen to an old player here, I don't care who made your new axe....it needs a pro set up. This guitar is just sweet. I have lots of guitars and every one, even the same models all sound a little different. Different is a good thing.

    Also, I hear so many unknowing guys moan about anything that does not say Gibson or Fender on it that don't even know how to set up their amps!

    And many can't play very well even if they think they do. Turn that distortion off and hear how sloppy their playing is....but they will blame the guitar.

    Hey...If you put a cheap guitar in Claptons hands, we both know it's going to sound fine.

    So if you don't need to spend a fortune on the name on the headstock....this is a super deal even without the discount. You don't need to swap the pick ups. Just learn to use your tone controls and you will be fine.

    It's built in China, but so is your phone, your pc and just about everything else.

    If you want a rock solid Les Paul Standard that won't let you down and wont drain your bank account, you can't beat this axe. Epiphone makes a good guitar.

    (17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Les Paul..A real bargain.

    By Rick H.

    from New Jersey

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    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

    I play out every week and have been a working musician (part time full time) for the past 40 years.In that time I have played and owned many guitars and still own about a dozen different guitars each with their own unique sound and feel.I use these guitars as "tools-of-the-trade" and play all of them reguarly and none are museum pieces or "I don't take it out of the house" guitars. Over the years I have owned two Les Paul guitars: a 1968 Gold Top and a 1972 Sunburst Standard.This Epiphone stands up well against either one.I only recently bought my Epiphone(used on [@]) and had to spend some time setting it up not because of anything Epiphone did but I suspect the previous owner was someone who didn't know what they were doing and tried to do their own neck adjustmnts. The neck was way out and the intonation was frighteningly out on every string. The time I spent was worth it. From what I am reading here these guitars are set up well when they arrive from the factory. Anyway after my set up work this guitar sounds and plays great. The guitar feels like a Les Paul, sounds like a Les Paul and has that tremendous sustain that Les Paul's are famous for.Mine is solid black so I can't say anything about the finish other than mine shines like a mirror with no noticable defects in the finish (other than my fingerprints).I read here that some people think the standard pickups suck but mine sound good so I'm leaving them alone for now. I play this through a VOX VT-30 amp (miked for live use) and this guitar sounds excellent on both clean and overdriven settings (the sustain on power chords on the overdriven settings is unbelievable). If you can afford a Gibson Les Paul (and the price tag doesn't scare you) buy one.They deserve their reputations. If you want to add a Les Paul sound to your playing and don't want to break the bank, you can't go wrong with an Epiphone Les Paul.

    (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Better than the less expensive Gibson Les Paul Models

    By Robert

    from Spanish Fork, Utah

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    • Perfect Neck Profile

    Cons

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        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

        Having played guitar for years, I've reached the point where I do extensive research before making a purchasing decision. I spent a while looking at Gibson Les Pauls in my price range (500-1000) and they had a great selection but nothing that stood out enough for me. Then I looked at the Epiphones, specifically the Les Paul Standard (not the Studio or Specials) and couldn't believe the rave reviews. Upon further reading, I found that they are built to the same specs as Gibson's Standard Les Paul. This means that the same tonewood is being used for the body, neck and fretboard and the tuners and basic hardware are the same. Long story short, I got the Epiphone and haven't looked back. So if you're looking for a quality guitar, this would be a very wise choice. For further help, I've listed the slight differences between Gibson builds and Epiphone and why the Gibson costs more.

        GIBSON

        -Made in USA, which increases the cost of making the guitar.
        -Tonewoods are hand-picked and usually of the highest quality.
        -Pickups are clearer and arguably better sounding
        -Quality control is generally more reliable due to the expected Gibson standard
        -The guitars are finished with Nitrocellulose lacquer. This allows the tonewood to breathe and resonate better. *To me, this is the biggest factor. I ultimately bought a Gibson J15 acoustic over the solid-wood Epi due to the breathability of the lacquer vs polyurethane. But keep in mind that an electric guitar doesn't need as much resonance as an acoustic*.

        EPIPHONE

        -Made overseas to the cost of building is cheaper.
        -Tonewoods are the same but may or may not be as quality as Gibson's. Top wood on the Gibson Les Paul's is maple where the Epiphone usually has alder or a maple/alder glued veneer.
        -Pickups are Alnico and they are very, very good but some may say they're not as clear or don't hold up against Gibson. This, of course, is personal preference.
        -Quality Control is not guaranteed to be as reliable as Gibson's
        -Poly finish

        (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastaic Quality at a Great Price!

        By Justin Smith

        from USA

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

        I've had my Les Paul for about two weeks and all I can say is, Wow! I havent had any issues with this beautiful instrument. The intonation is spot on, the electronics are smooth and the sound is pure Les Paul. The finish is flawless. I've read a lot of other reviews and simply haven't found any of the negative issues that others are posting. Perhaps I lucked out and got one of the better ones that made it through their QA process. All I know is that I can't stop playing it! Do yourself a favor and play one. For the price, it's a hard one to beat!!

        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great guitar

        By Roy Day

        from Florida

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        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

        The only thing I could possibly say negative about this guitar is the fact that I waited so long to get one. Once I ordered it I was like a kid at Christmas waiting for the UPS truck instead of St Nick. The fit and finish of everything was better than any photo could ever show and the sound is all Les Paul. If you want all that a Les Paul is but don't have the money to do it with I highly recommend you jump all over this.
        This is the best money you will ever spend if you're serious about getting a LP. No need spend big dollars on a GIbson unless you have money falling out of your pockets. Beautiful craftsmanship with all the things you'd exect from Gibson/Epiphone. Right out of the box this thing rocks the canyons and has sustain that will last for days.
        Not even a fingerprint to be found, at least not until I got my hands on it. I can't put it down and my Fenders are getting jealous.
        Best bang for the buck and then some.

        (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        4 years in the making:THE LENGTHY REVIEW

        By racewiththedeviloncoastalhighway

        from Monterey Bay, CA

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz
        • May Need Set-up
        • Pickups May Be Muddy

        Best Uses

        • Almost Any Application
        • Backup guitar
        • Jamming
        • Most-size Gigs
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

        Disclaimer: I cover practically every facet possible due to my length of ownership.

        I bought my Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top in ebony some time in 2008 directly from here. At the time, I already had 2 guitars: A Epiphone Special II which I first started with and also a Japan Les Paul copy that my brother had. Guitar came packaged perfectly, no damage at all thanks to Musician's Friend.

        Don't let the Plain Top label fool you. The guitar looks beautiful with the glossy finish. Aesthetically, there's no way to go wrong with it and though they may not be as "pretty" as the plus top counterparts, they still have that beautiful carved top which looks great. Chrome hardware comes standard and the Grover tuners keep everything in tune PERFECTLY no matter how much you may wail and bend the strings. Electronics are quite good and I had no problems at all plugging straight into any amp and have it sound great. Overall, everything about the guitar just looks GREAT.

        Feel and tone are huge for me, now more than ever, and this guitar to this day still has not disappointed me. The neck just FEELS great in my hands. The 60s Slim-taper neck sits very well and gives me complete access to everything. To this day, I'm hard-pressed to find a better neck fit which complements me very well. Strat and tele necks feel a bit "small" to me and though quite easy to play, I felt I needed a bit of resistance. Compared to a true Gibson, the Epiphone 60s and Gibson 60s neck are quite similar but still, I find more comfort from my Epiphone! Weight-wise, it does carry some weight. Not very light but not at all as heavy as the Gibson brethren. I've played this thing for hours on end and never has it felt heavy. The mahogany/maple combo on the body is perfect and with the mahogany/rosewood neck and fretboard, makes for strong woods providing a very balanced, fair tone throughout. As for the pickups, the response you can get from them is amazing. Differences made in the volume and tone knobs makes for easy variances in the sound and can turn a fully distorted tube amp into a luscious clean tone all by lowering the volume on the guitar. That's the kind of response you want and makes for fine tuning the tone you want even easier without worrying about the amp settings. Electronics are good, frets are good, no noise, no sort of faults pickupwise.

        After my 6 years of playing guitar, I've played many guitars and have had the privilege to use some other guitars of other major brands but for the quality of guitar you get in this price-range, I've still to disregard an Epiphone LP as a literal STANDARD for when it comes to guitars. Obviously you can some very great jazzy/blues/classic rock tones but throw this thing whatever musical idea you have and it will form a basis and foundation for your canvas. Though there are obviously guitars that just do certain things this can't, this is just the all-arounder. The workhorse. The crescent wrench of your metaphorical toolchest. It may not do EVERYTHING perfectly (see below) but man does it accomplish many tasks.

        Is this guitar absolutely perfect in every way, shape, or form? Honestly, I don't think many guitars are; especially at this price range. The pickups can be a bit extreme for my tastes. Sometimes the neck 'bucker can sound just too muddy for my tastes and other times, the treble position can be a tad bright even with the tone rolled off. I contemplated swapping them out which may be something you may want to do but well worth doing. With my guitar, there was some fret-buzz and thus needed a proper set-up. If you have no experience with setting up guitars, take it into a shop and get it set up. Some are actually set up rather well (especially if you check them out at a shop usually) but if buying online, expect to set it up. The plastic bits of decoration such as the humbucker rings (the cream things around humbuckers) and the input jack plate experience wear and cracks and had to be replaced.

        Other than these 3 issues, I've never had any other problems after 4 years of ownership. Stock pickups are still in, I still use Ernie Ball slinkys (typically 10s but now using hybrids), frets have a little wear. The only modifications I've made are adjusting pickup height and sanding the back of the neck to make it a bit faster. I've turned my Epiphone LP into a player's guitar for me and for the $400 budget I originally had, there is no better guitar than this.

        Sure, I wish it had coil-tapping (those new LP Pros!) or they came with better pickups but there's no better value than this guitar. If you have a higher budget (say around $800) and definitely want an LP, do check out the Gibson LP studio. If you want an even BETTER guitar for the money, I'd highly highly recommend the PRS SE Custom 24 which is the best of both worlds combining single coil and humbucker sounds (and another recently acquired guitar).

        But if you are barely getting into playing and want something that will keep working and working and for many applications and just crave to jam out to The Rover off of Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti, there's just no better guitar. I've used this for church, for gigs, for jamming, for practicing, for backups, for more professional venues...it just WORKS. I could own another 5 guitars but I'm keeping one of these in my collection. Even if I end up breaking it, I'd get myself another one. 5/5

        (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great guitar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        By Funkyard

        from Rochester

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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 have been playing guitar for over 40 years and owned a lot of guitars. What I have learned is that you don't have to spend a lot of money to get a decent guitar and this is a fine example. I play mostly blues right now and this guitar does it well. Plays/feels great, soungs great what more could you want!

          (8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great guitar, mediocre pickups.

          By Salty Donkey

          from Grand Rapids, MI

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          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

          I bought one of these new in 2002, and have played it since then. Same specs, etc as what appears to be out there now. Since then I've bought & sold a Gibson SG, Gibson LP Studio, and a Fender American strat, because I like playing this Epiphone the best.

          Stock condition, I thought the tone was muddy and didn't have much definition. This is basically due to the pickups on the guitar which more or less have crappy tone. Change them out to some good seymour duncan ones and it comes alive, huge improvement. I changed the Bridge pickup out to a Seymour Duncan (SH-4 or SH-5 I believe..) and its much better now. Haven't changed the neck pickup out, but the current neck pickup gives a good blend with the new bridge pickup in the middle setting. The neck pickup only switch setting still sounds muddy to me..

          Overall after the swap you can expect nice, dark, classic LP sounds. Run it through a good tube amp and it sounds amazing now. The action is great, neck is great, and it's easy to play. My favorite among my current collection.

          Summary: Buy the guitar, replace the bridge pickup, play it forever.

          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great value for money and a pretty nice guitar

          By SouthFLSteve

          from South Florida

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          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

          Aside from the tuning issues mentioned above this is a fantastic guitar. It sounds good enough with stock pickups that there's really no need to change them out (use a good amp and effects boxes). The hardware is also good enough to leave stock. I don't feel the need to mod anything and doubt I will until the original parts wear out (unless I have to to resolve tuning issue). It looks and sounds every bit like a Les Paul should at a fraction of the price. If you're gigging or travelling with it, just be sure to put it in a hard shell case and be careful with that headstock. Hard to go wrong with this purchase, I would definitely buy it again.
          Feature wise it's a pretty standard Les Paul, there's no coil splitting options or special electronics, just your basic Les Paul like they've been making them for decades. But it's got everything to identify it as a Les Paul too, trapezoid inlays instead of cheaper dot inlays, binding on the top of the body and sides of the neck and the standard Les Paul script logo on headstock and truss rod cover just like you'd expect on a genuine expensive Gibson. The tuner knobs don't have the traditional Gibson Les Paul look but they look nice and fit in well with the Epiphone headstock shape. Aside from the difference in the headstock, if you just looked at it from a distance, you'd think you're looking at a Gibson. To me, that's a positive.
          Overall this is a very nicely built instrument. A couple things bother me though. For example, the neck is two piece. You can see a glue joint around where the headstock angles away from the rest of the neck. The headstock is actually a separate piece of wood glued to the rest of the neck. Judging by what I've read about people breaking the headstock off when dropping the guitar this seems to be a weak point in the design and was no doubt done to save cost. The neck to body join could have been smoother as well. If you rub your fingers over that location you can feel the difference. An old Les Paul I used to have had no such issue. I'm also having some issues keeping it in tune after string bends mostly on the B and G strings. I haven't looked into fixing this but I would assume that it is fixable. Maybe it's a problem with the nut which seems like cheap plastic, I sure hope it's not a problem with the tuner. The finish is pretty nice, not a lot of wood grain in my Cherry Sunburst's top but it does look similar to what I remember my Gibson looked like. All in all, I'm pleased with the quality.
          Value for money is where this guitar really shines. I got it on sale so it was an even better value than normal. I got used to Fender Stratocasters prior to buying this and when first playing it I thought I might have difficulty getting used to the chunky neck. But I adjusted pretty quickly to it and now when I pick up the Strats they feel cheap in comparison which really surprised me at first considering that I spent less on this than two of my MIM Strats. With the price I paid it would be hard to go wrong and I am very happy with the purchase.

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A fabulous guitar at a great price!

          By Billie

          from Tucson, AZ

          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 Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

            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.

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Easily as good as the real thing

            By Sparky

            from Winnipeg, Canada

            About Me Experienced

            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.

              (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              "Very SATISFIED with my "Epi"

              By Checko

              from Northeast Ohio

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

                First of all, my review of Musicians Friend...
                * Free shipping from MF has always been fast - 3 days from time of order (and there have been several purchases).
                * Everything from MF has been packaged well and arrives safely (No surprises).
                * Everything has been better than as described in their listing (NO surprises).
                I was skeptical with my first purchase but they have never let me down in any of these 3 areas....and that means a lot to me.

                Second of all, my review of the Epiphone Les Paul.
                * Craftsmanship is very nice, appearance is excellent, and everything works properly. The joints, seams, and neck are all straight and true.
                * The Sound and Tones are far better than I expected (I have had a few Les Paul copies before and this one beets them all).
                * Weight, balance, and size are all very comfortable and it's easy to play for several hours at a time. (I have had others that felt like a cinderblock was hanging around my neck after a half hour).

                Third of all, my review of this purchase...
                * This was a "RESTOCK" item and I was a little worried going into it because of what the description indicated could be coming...but there is not a scratch, dent, or blimish on it. All of the stickers, booklet, packaging, etc. where like new....I was quite surprised.
                * I did have to tune it slightly which is normal (Thinking that a guitar can travel across country via UPS and not need tuning is what's abnormal).
                * The Strings had a slight oxidation on them from not being played but that cleaned off easily.

                However...I did decide to drop it off at my local music store the other day to have a professional Set-Up done to it......only because I felt a fresh set of strings were in order and since I never had a guitar before that I felt was worthy of sending the extra money on for a Pro Set-up...now was the time...this is the guitar.
                I know how good this guitar sounded before and with a Pro doing his magic....I will have a dream guitar....all for under a tenth of the cost it would be going the other route.
                Can't wait to pick it up.

                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                It's Hard to Please Me

                By Ellachie

                from Hot Springs. Arkansas

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

                  I was a service manager at Guitar City in LA when I was 25. For the price I paid for this guitar I think this is one of the best guitars for the money I ever bought. It weighs 8.2 lbs. I had a set of custom wound pickups that I thought I would have to change to over. No way. These people that are giving these pickups a bad name are probably using a cheap amp. I have no need to change these pickups out. You do need to do a good setup. I did have to lower the G string but that's a common problem. I have a set of Ibanez files and the nut didn't cut like it was plastic. These are my thoughts on this guitar and I use to own an Elitist and two Agile 3000's.

                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Gibson vs.the Epiphone Les Paul Std.

                  By Phil

                  from Oklahoma City, OK

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                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Pickups Ok Need Upgrade
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                  • Picks Ok Need Upgrade
                  • Poor Pick Up

                  Best Uses

                  • Epiphone Alnico Pus Ok
                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

                  I am making a comparison with the Gibson Les Paul Standard of the past. I own a 1965 Gold Top, and a 1975 Cherry Sumburst models. Both are pricey and excellent axes ! I enjoy playing them.

                  I also own a 1995 Cherry Sunburst Epiphone Les Paul Standard. The craftsmanship and electronic performance is comparable to the Gibson Les Paul for 1/3 of the price (or more) of owning the Gibson model.

                  I just purchased this new 2013 Epiphone Les Paul Standard Gold Top guitar. The craftsmanship is as good as its counterparts. My guitars are all pro-set....fast string action, and the intonation is custom set...The 3/4 neck I believe feels better than the Gibson neck.

                  Both Epiphone Les Paul Standard guitars are great axes for any occasion ! If You decide to purchase one, you will get more bang for the buck, though the Gibson holds a higher resale price.

                  (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Decent stock, Upgrade to PERFECT!

                  By AngolaJonno

                  from Indiana

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                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

                  If you get this guitar, it will be a very intermediate intrument out of the box. If your fine with that then thats awsome. But with a little more money you can transform this guitar into one that rivals a real deal Gibson. Yes, I own a REAL Les Paul, so I have done side by side comps. Re wired, and set up these are some of the best guitars on the market. Period.
                  The build quality on these guitars is FANTASTIC. However. The electronics are middle of the road, bare bones, junk. Thats where upgrades come in!
                  Like I said. The build quality is great. Very well done. Great tone woods, finish and hardwere very decent. Decent tuners too.
                  Here is where this guitar shines! Rip out the pickups, pots, capacitors, switch, and jack (basically all electronics :-p) put in good USA made parts. Give it a proffessional set up job. And Viola!! You now have a high end guitar that you payed a great price for!

                  (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  WOW!!!!

                  By Ted Van Alstyne

                  from Helena, MT

                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

                  This guitar is amazing, when I was 5, my dad bought me one of those fender squier minis. 7 years of playing that and I kind of got used to it... But when I got one of these It blew the rock out of my mini's BUTT like a nuclear BOMB!!! The quality and looks are fantastic! The tone, the pitch, the feel... All worth much more than it is. Especially in relation to its much more expensive cousin gibsons, this gives you all you want and expect and LOVE from a les paul. Truly it's a beauty. A dream, catch it before its gone...!

                  (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  07 Les Paul Standard Cherry Sunburst

                  By Christopher Lewit

                  from Locust Grove, VA

                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

                  Sorry, I said all I ment to say in the top section. But the value is the best this side of Gibson. One day I would love to own one, but I have fallen in love with this Epiphone.
                  I recently bought a used 07 Epiphone Les Paul Standard. This is my first Les Paul and my first high quality guitar. Its a thousand times better than my outgoing Ibanez. The wieght, the tone, the overall everything is amazing. It has single-handedly reinvigorated my playing and want to relearn how to play and become a better player. I would love to upgrade to Gibson '57s but the current Alnico Classics have breathtaking sound and tone with its own "vintage" feel. It has everything you expect from a real-deal Les Paul. From the Heritage Cherry Sunburst finish and body and neck bindings to the trapazoid inlays to signature tone and vintage sound of the humbuckers, all at a fraction of the cost of its Gibson cousins. I highly suggest this guitar to any Les Paul lover with a budget in mind. I am sold on Epiphone!

                  (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Epi Les Paul standard

                  By Nonurbusiness

                  from Nebraska

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                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

                  This is a great guitar, a very nice Les Paul, I would recomend it to anyone who wants great sound and quality without breaking the bank for a Gibson. The the worst part is that Epiphone discontinued the other colors. The cherry sunburst is beautiful
                  Pretty much a basic Les Paul no real fancy thrills but thats not what i was after.
                  This guitar is built really well, I got mine as a used factory second with some knots in the top wood and sides only really issues i have is the Epiphone 2 piece neck but it seems really solid also the headstock is made of two peices glued together. Over all a very nice guitar even with the small imprefections
                  well worth all the money very nice guitar

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  A High-End Guitar at a Low-End Price!

                  By Dave Smith

                  from Pittsburgh, PA

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Covers It All
                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

                    I am a professional musician in a regional touring band. I have a few Ernie Ball guitars and have used them exclusively. I brought one in for trade-in as I didn't like the floating bridge. Now, here's the interesting thing...in all my years of playing and all the guitars I've owned, from top-notch to lower-end, I've never had a Les Paul or even a Gibson/Epiphone for that matter. So when I was trying out guitars to replace my JP6, I spent a lot of time going back and forth. I kept coming back to a guitar I had no initial intention of getting, this Epiphone Les Paul. I loved the way the neck felt, the frets weren't too high or too low and the shape fit my hand perfectly. I thought it sounded great and I wound up coming home with my first Les Paul. I brought it home and plugged it into my system, a Digitech RP360XP into a Marshall 50-watt combo, one of the new ones with four channels and effects. I was utterly and completely blown away! I have read all the comments and to be very honest, I'm not sure where they are coming from. Granted, I got mine from Guitar Center where all their guitars are set-up before sale. So, if there are any problems with intonation, string height or fret buzz, these must be things that are easily adjusted if you get on through delivery. In my opinion, the Alnico, covered humbuckers on this axe are wonderful; beffy yet subtle. I ran it through the gamut of patches I normally use and this guitar brought things out in some of them that I hadn't heard before. Then I tried something. I bypassed the Digitech and ran the Les Paul directly into my Marshall and set up four channels...clean with some chorus, light bluesy overdrive with a touch of delay and reverb, hard rock distortion and full-blown metal with delay. This guitar screamed and sang! This Les Paul seems to have been made for it. Through a processor or direct, this has become my main guitar. My lead guitarist played it and actually said he preferred it to his Gibson LP. Don't pass this up!

                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    I love this guitar so very much

                    By Nihilist74

                    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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