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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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SPECIFICATIONS

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

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    (33)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (31)
  • Good feel (30)
  • Good tone (28)
  • Solid electronics (18)
  • Good pick up (17)

Cons

  • Poor pick up (6)
  • Fret buzz (5)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (30)
  • Jamming (28)
  • Small venues (18)
  • Recording (16)
  • Rock concerts (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (28), Novice (9), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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

Epiphone Les Paul Standard

By Japo711

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

By Japo711

from Tennessee

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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 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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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Musician's Friend is GREAT! Epiphone LP?

          By Jimbo

          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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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I got a good one!

            By David G

            from Jupiter, Florida

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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 of 5 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.

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              5.0

              A++++++++++++

              By TOMMY G

              from Brooklyn, New York

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              Pros

              • Classic
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Great Overall
              • Great Productservice
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

                A spectacular performing guitar for the money. Epiphone has been around forever and with instruments like this, it is easy to understand why.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Fantastic guitar for price

                By ColinFR

                from Chester, United Kingdom

                About Me Novice

                Pros

                • Best Value Guitar
                • Easy to play
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Les Paul Standard
                • Rock Guitar
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                • A Few Loose Fittings

                Best Uses

                • Beginer
                • Jamming
                • Learning
                • Practicing
                • Rock Sound

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

                I'm a bass player wanting to practice and play some rock guitar. I've a squire strat, epiphone dot, epiphone SG and Ashland acoustic. I want a good quality guitar, but at my level I can't afford gibson and fender.
                I have other epihphones and wanted something with good quality, low action and lot of sustain. This guitar is great.
                Great sound, very rock. Easy to play...I'm still coming to terms with tricky chords and bridge chords, but this has a good low'ish action, great for me.
                I wouldn't know how to compare with a gibson, but this epiphone is fantastic and at £280 from thomman in Germany it's a steal.
                I can't bear reading all this rubbish about Indonesian versions versus Chinese. Mine is a 2014, says made in Indonesia, but I trust epiphone quality and personally don't care where it was made.
                I am very pleased with everything about the guitar. The pickup switch needed a little tightening, but that's all I could find fault with.
                If you are learning, or even gigging at a moderate level this guitar is great. Maybe if you get to a high standard have a look at a gibson, but otherwise stick with this.
                I don't know about cheaper les paul standard copies..court, satellite etc, but this has good quality for a reasonable outlay.

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                5.0

                Great Guitar for the Money

                By Greg

                from Virginia

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                • Fret Buzz

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

                TL;DR - Overall a great guitar for the money. I was more than happy with the restock condition and the only problems it has out of the box can be fixed with a pro set up.

                I just wanted a guitar to play around with and not use for gigs. This fit the bill perfectly with a great price point. I got the restock model and was worried about looks and sound but the only cosmetic issue was that the master tone knob isn't set perfectly parallel to the body.

                The only thing I recommend is that you get the action adjusted since there was, at least on mine, a decent bit of fret buzz straight out of the box. However, every guitar should get a pro set up anyway so this is to be expected.

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Toggle Switch Failures

                By no_spam77

                from Durham, NC

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                      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top Electric Guitar:

                      I had an older model of this guitar and sold it. I regretted it and bought this as a replacement. Less sustain in the pickups. The toggle switch failed after a month. I got an Epiphone replacement switch. After not too long it failed too. I'm pretty happy with the guitar but angry about the switch.

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