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MF MD HG Exclusives 09-19-14

Epiphone Les Paul Standard PlusTop Pro Electric Guitar Heritage Cherry Sunburst 

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Overview
  • Mahogany body
  • Carved flamed maple top
  • 24.75" Scale set-in mahogany neck
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $832.00
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A flame top Les Paul that delivers power, sustain, and affordability.

The Epiphone Les Paul Standard PlusTop Pro sets a new standard for guitars in its price range. Two Epiphone ProBucker humbucking pickups with coil-splitting deliver big slabs of the fat, warm tones, transcontinental sustain, and deep, soulful distortion that made this guitar famous. Crafted with a solid mahogany body and flamed maple carved top, a set mahogany neck, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, cream body and fingerboard binding, and chrome hardware. The Tune-o-matic bridge and LockTone stopbar tailpiece add seemingly unending sustain and make string changes easier. Case sold separately.

Features
  • Mahogany body
  • Carved flamed maple top
  • 24.75" Scale set-in mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 22 Medium jumbo frets
  • ProBucker 2 neck humbucker with coil-split
  • ProBucker 3 bridge humbucker with coil-split
  • LockTone™ tune-o-matic bridge
  • LockTone™ stopbar tailpiece
  • Grover tuners
  • Case sold separately

The perfect addition to any guitar collection. Order one today.

 
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EpiphoneLes Paul Standard PlusTop Pro Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 35 reviews)

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    (9)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (27)
  • Good tone (27)
  • Fun to play (26)
  • Good pick up (24)
  • Solid electronics (20)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (27)
  • Jamming (24)
  • Recording (17)
  • Rock concerts (15)
  • Small venues (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (25), Novice (7), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best new guitar for the money

I won't bother repeating too much what others have said about the excellent quality of this guitar, both in terms of tone and in terms of craftsmanship. For the price, it can't be...Read complete review

I won't bother repeating too much what others have said about the excellent quality of this guitar, both in terms of tone and in terms of craftsmanship. For the price, it can't be beaten and will not disappoint. However, it is still no Gibson. Tonally I'm sure it will compete well with a true Les Paul when plugged into a good amp, however the purist will be disappointed to find that the back of the body is a thin mahogany veneer. This cleverly conceals the fact that the body and neck are made of multiple random off-cuts of mahogany which would never find their way into a Gibson. My particular guitar (body and neck) is made of at least 6 off-cuts of mahogany, not including the split veneer on the back, the split maple cover, and the fretboard. This comes to at least 11 pieces of wood going into my guitar. With that many bits of wood, that much glue, and that many seams, you do want to be sure you're not leaving this out in the sun too long, or leaving it in a really cold garage for long periods of time. It may not stand up to the test of time like a more expensive guitar. So you're not exactly getting a bargain - you're getting exactly what you pay for. This detail seems to have evaded detection in other reviews and may prompt some to pay the full price for a Gibson which is almost guaranteed to be made of top-quality wood.

That being said, a discerning guitarist ought to test a few of these guitars before making a purchase, thereby avoiding bodies with unintended 'dead-spots'. If you're not really sure if you'd be able to spot a dud, then to be brutally honest this particular issue won't be bothering you that much anyway. Not to sound too patronizing, but you could save yourself some trouble (and money) and just get an even cheaper guitar. It is a sad fact of life that many guitarists spend ungodly amounts of money for instruments and equipment that they can never actually appreciate.

I am a lefty and unfortunately had no real choice per avoiding 'duds' - I was forced to buy the only one in the shop, but fortunately it plays brilliantly. I have always been searching for the Paul Kossoff tone and after playing the solo to 'All Right Now' (which really brings out the best in a good guitar/amp combination as it occupies a lot of space along the fretboard and requires a lot of sustain from the body) found the guitar to respond perfectly. I am no virtuoso but it adequately reflects my command of the guitar.

Other lefties beware - as with most left-handed guitars, the volume and tone nobs have been wired backwards by idiots and '0' is in fact full volume/tone, while '10' is the opposite. I've rewired all my previous guitars to get around this, but owing to the fact that the push/pull pots have small circuit boards attached, and the entire guitar actually has a small and quite intricate wiring harness, fixing this problem is not going to be easy for an amateur electrician (such as myself). I've wired my own push-pull pots with coil-splitting humbuckers but none quite as advanced as this.

I am surprised to see reviewers noting poor build quality. This is a rather poorly educated comment and should be ignored, in my opinion. Remember that you are not buying a Gibson - you are going for the budget brand and you get what you pay for. It needs to be said that Epiphone's build quality has improved markedly over the years. I have an old SG G-400 I bought years ago and every single component of the Les Paul Standard is superior - from the tuners on the neck and the tuners on the bridge, to the frets, to the pick-ups, etc. Again, as I said, this guitar is worth every penny. You cannot find a guitar (new) for this money, of this quality and with this many good features. Just be weary of 'duds' and if you're a lefty, expect mild but bearable buggeration. I hope this helps people make a more informed decision.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Looks aren't everything

I was excited, but then disappointed by the guitar. Excited as the Honey Burst maple top is beautiful. Not so excited as the 'solid' parts, back and head stock had a shop...Read complete review

I was excited, but then disappointed by the guitar. Excited as the Honey Burst maple top is beautiful. Not so excited as the 'solid' parts, back and head stock had a shop class look to it. It appeared pieces seemingly glued in (didn't match wood)to make up the area. Fret work overall was terrible, string felt like bending on sand paper, very rough, poor quality frets. Tone, sound very good, new style pickups were good. Sent mine back for a Gretsch Pro Jet where I know quality will be up to what it should be.

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5.0

Great value, glad I went

By ETHELTHEFROG

from Miami, FL

About Me Experienced

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Pros

  • Easy playing neck
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • I Like The Coil Tapping
  • Looks great
  • Plus Top Looks Great
  • Solid Electronics
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard PlusTop Pro Electric Guitar:

    For a comparison, see my review of my new Gretsch G5435 Electromatic Pro Jet Electric under the nickname ETHELTHEFROG.
    I decided to order three guitars from MF, to see if any of them would significantly add tonal or playability possibilities to my current collection: A '78 Gibson V2, a '95 Fender Strat (Japanese), '06 Fender Tele (Mexican), and an 2010 Epiphone SG (Chinese).
    The three new guitars were an Epiphone Les Paul, Epiphone ES-339, and Gretsch G5435 Electromatic Pro Jet. I loved the look of Gibson LP cherry sunburst and goldtops, but I can't justify the expense of buying one; I'm just not that good. I want guitars that sound good and look good on stage, but that I won't have a heart attack over if they are stolen or damaged, which happens at gigs. Would the new guitars be a value or disappointment? Answer: Value, baby! I'm keeping all three.
    The Les Paul's setup was excellent right out of the box. The flamed Heritage Cherry Sunburst looks great - the image on the Musician's Friend webpage is not of a flamed top (see my pic attached.) Gold/flame colored volume and tone pots and pickup selector switch, cream binding, pick guard and PU frames, as well as chrome hardware and PUs, all have that great vintage look.
    I have read other reviews that downplay the versatility of the coil tap feature. Maybe those cats only like distortion, and turn all the tone and volume up to full, but whether I was going for cleaner sounds or various overdriven sounds, I could get lots of tone combos at different volumes and tone settings, by having the bridge and neck at single coil, or the bridge at single and neck at humbucker, or vice versa.
    The key is to turn the amp up and then you have more range with the volume and tone controls. I was getting excellent natural overdrive, warmth and sustain with my Fender 40W Hot Rod with single 12", as well as nice clean tones, all depending on the volume level on the guitar's controls.
    Hardware, feel, fit and finish: I had no fret buzz problem as some reviewers noted. I think the Gibson factory setup was excellent on this guitar; Grover tuners feel solid; guitar held tune even with lots of string bending and vigorous strumming.
    There was a tiny bit of excess plastic and a rough edge on the narrow end of the pick guard where it meets the body (where no one would notice) but i filed it off with an emory board. Three of the control pots seem to be so slightly off-level one wouldn't notice it visually, only when you turn them, but this does not affect sound or performance. These are things that would not happen on a much more expensive Gibson, but I can deal with these minor flaws, with a bargain Epiphone in which the overall look, feel, and sound are great.
    Bottom line: If I only had to buy one (the Gretsch G5435 Electromatic Pro Jet Electric or Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus Top Pro) it would be a hard choice. The Gretsch "feels" slightly higher quality somehow - I can't say just why - I have quickly learned to like the single tone, double pick-up volume and separate master volume control set-up - and it costs less.
    However, the Les Paul's pickups, whether humbucking or in single coil, or in combos, produces sounds the Gretsch can't, while the Les Paul can't replicate the Filtertron sound. They both can range from a wide variety of clean to rough tones, so it would come down to what control set-up, sounds, and versatility you like best. Thank goodness I could afford to keep BOTH, plus the Epiphone ES-339 (see my separate review under nickname ETHELTHEFROG.)
    GREAT value! Thanks, Musician's Friend!

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    5.0

    Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plustop Pro

    By Nick

    from Ohio

    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 PlusTop Pro Electric Guitar:

      To start off let me just say that Epiphone is one of my favorite companies. Not only do they make cheaper models of guitars we all love, but they keep quality within the makings. This guitar was one I had been eyeing for a long time and when I finally was able to get it I was not disappointed at all. It was already set up to how I prefer and all I had to do to be ready to play was to tune it. The sound from the pro-buckers is a very rich deep tone. Since this is also the pro model it had the coil tapping ability. This giving it a single coil sound while retaining the resonance of the Les Paul body and a lower-end bassy sound. This guitar is worth every penny.

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      4.0

      les paul epi

      By r. stoner

      from daytona beach, fl

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      Pros

      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard PlusTop Pro Electric Guitar:

      really nice finish

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Never,say never.

      By Carl R. Morland

      from Eagan,Mn.

      About Me Novice

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Low E-string Buzz'es

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Stays In Tune

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard PlusTop Pro Electric Guitar:

      As far as I'm concerned,for what it cost,it plays just as good as a Gibson LP,& for alot less. Works for me.

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      5.0

      LES PAUL SDTANDARD PLUSTOP PRO

      By TERRY

      from HUDSON, FLORIDA

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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 PlusTop Pro Electric Guitar:

        VERY NICE GUITAR. GOOD BUILD AND BEAUTIFUL FINISH.PLAYS GREAT. GOOD SOUND.

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        5.0

        Simple great

        By Michael Lee

        from Allens Grove

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard PlusTop Pro Electric Guitar:

            Absolutly fantastic guitar at any price.I started playing guitar in the 60's so I have seen how guitars have evolved. Back in the day a guitar of this quality at this price is not available.I have played most all of them and owned many and very few can compare to the Les Paul.The finish on mine is perfect and i have pulled Gibsons off the wall with les than perfect finishes.To me the Epiphone sounds very mush like the Gibson. The neck is not sticky like some Gibsons i have tried, the action is good, fret board, nice, it stay in tune. I have the desert burst which i like because the edges are not so dark to hide the great flame top. Don't hesitate to give it a try.

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            5.0

            Beautiful guitar

            By Moonman57

            from Omak, WA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard PlusTop Pro Electric Guitar:

              This arrived well packaged, in three boxes, no damage at all. I got the ocean burst and I like it. My first Les Paul, so I can't say too much about the electronics and pickups, except that I like the sound. The set up was good, but the action was a little high. After a few minor adjustments, it plays just fine, for me. Intonation good, no fret buzz. I love it!

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              5.0

              Loving it

              By tankerboy

              from Miami

              About Me Novice

              Ask me a question

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Beautiful Ocean Burst
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard PlusTop Pro Electric Guitar:

                I purchased the Ocean Burst blue and I love it, it was a Birthday present to myself. I was looking for a blue Les Paul and MF had Ocean Blue color only on sale for 100.00 off so it was a sign from the Universe. Right out of the box I tuned it and it was good to go. I plugged it in and it sounds great split coils and all.

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                5.0

                Excellant Guitar regardless of the low p

                By Spider

                from WV,USA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Excellant Playability

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts

                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard PlusTop Pro Electric Guitar:

                  Most new guitars require set up when ordered from any store as the temp and weather dramatically effects wood. IF you do not have your guitar set up properly you have now idea of the capabilities the guitar has to offer. Once setup the guitar played as well as my Gibsons. I do not like the split coil offerings. I replaced the pickups and it was a bear to do as the guitar has quick disconnects and a circuit board. I will replace the wiring like an original LP from the 60's. The guitar is of excellant quality. A small neck adjustment and string change would be all thats needed for this to sound like a Gibson LP for an experienced player. I actually prefer this over many other Gibson's I have played except for two that are my favorites. An absolutely pro grade guitar for a extremely low price.I bought it as a backup to gig with but I will also record with this one as it is that good. I replaced the stock pickups with a Duncan '59 (Neck) and a 59' hybrid (bridge).I just don't see a better value out there. For new players,if you learn to play and learn how to adjust your amp then this guitar will certainly help you along the way. 5 stars all the way.

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                  5.0

                  Great guitar

                  By Papa Rick

                  from Quincy, MA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Standard PlusTop Pro Electric Guitar:

                      My Gibson Les Paul Special broke its neck and I needed a replacement. I was pleasantly surprised at the sound and ease of playing with this guitar. Great replacement.

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