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A mahogany body, a hard maple top and Gibson's '57 pickups with series/parallel switching.

Epiphone's long friendship with innovator Les Paul dates back to the late '30s and early '40s when Les and fellow guitarists such as Charlie Christian and George Barnes were at the forefront of jazz guitar. Epi Stathopoulos and Les were good friends and Epi would let Les use the Epiphone factory on 14th Street in New York City at night after hours to experiment on guitar and pickup designs. This also was the era when Les, inspired by the stinging sustain heard in electric steel guitars, began dreaming of making a solidbody guitar. He built his first, the legendary "Log," at the Epi factory in 1941. Over the years, Les continued to work closely with Epiphone luthiers, reviewing new product ideas and offering suggestions.

Now, the Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus honors Epiphone's friendship with Les by combining his classic design features with legendary Epiphone quality and value with the added power of Gibson USA '57 Classic humbuckers. But this guitar is not just about recreating the "old," it's also about looking ahead, just as Les himself continued to do throughout his lifetime. Using 4-conductor pickup wiring, Epiphone has added two push/pull tone pots to allow for series/parallel pickup switching. The result is a Les Paul with all the standard sounds plus a huge palette of tonal possibilities at your fingertips. The Les Paul Tribute Plus also features Epiphone's famous built-to-last hardware and electronics including a U.S. Switchcraft 3-way toggle, Mallory-150 tone capacitors, Epiphone StrapLocks, 16:1 ratio premium Grover locking tuners, and a premium hardshell case.

FEATURES
Resonant mahogany body with Classic Les paul design
Upgraded hard maple cap and AAA flame maple veneer
Gibson USA '57 Classic humbuckings with series/parallel switching
Grover locking tuning machines
Hardshell case included

You have to try this beauty to believe it. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS
Mahogany body
Hard maple cap and AAA flame maple veneer
24.75" Scale mahogany set-in neck
Rosewood fretboard with 12" radius and 22 medium-jumbo frets
Gibson USA '57 Classic humbucking neck pickup (4-wire)
Gibson USA '57 Classic Plus humbucking bridge pickup (4-wire)
Individual volume and push/pull tone controls
Locktone tune-o-matic bridge
Locktone stopbar tailpiece
Grover locking tuning machines
Hardshell case included
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EpiphoneLes Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 100 reviews)

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    (78)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (79)
  • Good feel (77)
  • Good pick up (75)
  • Fun to play (72)
  • Solid electronics (70)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (12)
  • Craftsmanship (6)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (75)
  • Jamming (70)
  • Recording (53)
  • Small venues (50)
  • Rock concerts (35)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (65), Novice (15), Professional musician (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Guitar at a Great Price. Quality!

I wanted a Les Paul model guitar, but can't afford a Gibsonn. I did some research on the Epi Les Paul Tribute and liked what I read. Let's get right to it, starting...Read complete review

I wanted a Les Paul model guitar, but can't afford a Gibsonn. I did some research on the Epi Les Paul Tribute and liked what I read. Let's get right to it, starting at the top: It has Grover locking tuners and so far I have not had any tuning problems. It has a cool truss rod plate that reads "Les Paul 1960 Tribute Plus". The only thing I didn't like was the thickness of the finish on the back of the head stock that prevented me from deciphering the serial number that is stamped into the wood. Luckily the serial number was on the shipping box in two places. The neck is the "C" shape thin neck and is easy to play. I have small hands and it fits me perfectly. The strings are .10 - .46. The body is real mahaogany and is not chambered. The top cap is real carved maple, not a laminate. I got the midnight ebony color and it is a tranparent finish to showcase the flamed maple finish of the wood. The only problem with the finish is it appears to have two small sand marks made before the finish was applied. Not very noticeable and it makes my guitar different from anyone else's. The pickups are USA Gibson 1957 humbuckers. I play through two amps - a Fender Twin Reverb reissue and a Fender Frontman 25. The sound from the humbuckers are amazing. I get the full, mellow sound through the clean channel which is what I was looking for. The tone pots are push/pull to take the humbuckers out of parallel to make it sound like single coil pickups. The knobs are black speed style knobs and look great with the black finish. I put the guitar on an electronis scale and it registered 8.6 pounds. The only thing I don't care for is cosmetic in nature. I don't care for the creme pickup rings and the creme selector switch plate. That is a personal preference and nothing to do with the fit, finish or performance. For all intents and purposes this guitar is a Gibson with an Epiphone headstock. I am really pleased with the effort Epiphone went to for this guitar. I play it every day. This one is a keeper.

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Had problems

Looked beautiful when I unpacked. Then found the high E string was underneath several of the frets and pulled up the frets. I pushed the frets down with my fingers but it did not...Read complete review

Looked beautiful when I unpacked. Then found the high E string was underneath several of the frets and pulled up the frets. I pushed the frets down with my fingers but it did not lower the frets enough to use the first 5 frets of the High E string. Also both of the tone pots were scratchy. No amount of usage fixed the noisy pots. I have returned it MF. Not going to get a replacement

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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Guitar

By terrygh

from Kansas

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Pros

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

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

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

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

WOW! That's all I can say! I really don't how they sell this guitar at this price, so if I was reading this review I would not hesitate to order one of these NOW! All of the features you could ever want in a LP and, more! The Gibson Pickups make this package very desireable. On top of everythig else you get a hardshell case too! This instrument sounds,plays Great and, the heritage cherry sunburst finish is breathtaking! If you're looking for a LP, Get This Now! You'll be glad you did. I truly good on and on about how Great this instrument is and, what a good buy it is but, I'm not going to do this, just get one of these and, you'll see why all the ratings are so high.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus

By Artim2205

from Southern Illinois

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

    I've played about a dozen Les Paul guitars in over fifty years of playing and this one fits in with the best of them. The neck feels right and the setup from the factory was right which was surprising. The intonation and action were right on and all I did was change the strings to my favorite set. The reason I chose this one was the total package that was included. Gibson Classic 57s, split coils, locking Grover tuners, a hard shell case, strap locks, and a great looking finish. I could not find a flaw in the finish anywhere. The only questionable thing about the guitar was a film of something black that stained my fingers when I played it. I thought at first it was just the strings but after changing them and seeing the same thing I found that the black stain was coming from the fret board itself. I was able to wipe it off with a clean soft cloth with a lot of rubbing and now it is clean. Still don't know what that was all about. The actual tone and versatility of the guitar with the Gibson pickups and the coil splitting capability are a great feature to make this guitar everything a Les Paul should be. I've got three other Epiphone guitars and this one is in the running for first place among the others....although I think its a close race. I would highly recommend this Les Paul model to anyone wanting a Les Paul guitar. If this is what Epiphone calls a tribute to Les Paul they are paying him a nice compliment.

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar at a Great Price. Quality!

    By GaryK

    from Lakeland, Fl.

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

      I wanted a Les Paul model guitar, but can't afford a Gibsonn. I did some research on the Epi Les Paul Tribute and liked what I read. Let's get right to it, starting at the top: It has Grover locking tuners and so far I have not had any tuning problems. It has a cool truss rod plate that reads "Les Paul 1960 Tribute Plus". The only thing I didn't like was the thickness of the finish on the back of the head stock that prevented me from deciphering the serial number that is stamped into the wood. Luckily the serial number was on the shipping box in two places. The neck is the "C" shape thin neck and is easy to play. I have small hands and it fits me perfectly. The strings are .10 - .46. The body is real mahaogany and is not chambered. The top cap is real carved maple, not a laminate. I got the midnight ebony color and it is a tranparent finish to showcase the flamed maple finish of the wood. The only problem with the finish is it appears to have two small sand marks made before the finish was applied. Not very noticeable and it makes my guitar different from anyone else's. The pickups are USA Gibson 1957 humbuckers. I play through two amps - a Fender Twin Reverb reissue and a Fender Frontman 25. The sound from the humbuckers are amazing. I get the full, mellow sound through the clean channel which is what I was looking for. The tone pots are push/pull to take the humbuckers out of parallel to make it sound like single coil pickups. The knobs are black speed style knobs and look great with the black finish. I put the guitar on an electronis scale and it registered 8.6 pounds. The only thing I don't care for is cosmetic in nature. I don't care for the creme pickup rings and the creme selector switch plate. That is a personal preference and nothing to do with the fit, finish or performance. For all intents and purposes this guitar is a Gibson with an Epiphone headstock. I am really pleased with the effort Epiphone went to for this guitar. I play it every day. This one is a keeper.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Epiphone Les Paul

      By Gtrdvd91

      from Charleston, WV

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

      This is an excellent Les Paul and one of the best for the price. First off, the AAA flame top and sunburst finish makes this one a beauty. I can't stop staring at it. And unlike the vast majority of Epiphone Les Pauls, this one actually has a maple cap and not just a veneer. You usually have to have a Gibson to get that. The mahogany back / maple top combo give the guitar it's balanced and well rounded tone that Les pauls are famous for. The neck feels excellent and smooth playing. You may just need to make a few tweaks if you change strings. The use of Gibson USA 57 Classic pickups is a huge plus over other epiphone guitars. Even better, these come with a coil-tapping option. The locking bridge and tuners keep a very solid tuning and the strap locks keep the guitar in place quite well. Yet another huge advantage over other epiphones is that it comes with a hardsehll case. The only downside is that it may not come in the best condition, the first one I ordered had a cracked neck and the replacement I got came in a beat up box and was kind of dusty. After cleaning it up, it was good as ever though. All in all an excellent looking, sounding, and playing guitar with awesome features.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A good value

      By Hank-MgBz8

      from Mississippi, home of the blues and home of rock-n-roll

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      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

      Hey, its a Les Paul with Gibson USA '57s that are very good sounding, my favorite setting that I will probably use the most is the bridge pickup on humbucker with the volume on 10 with the tone dailed down a bit to 8 with the neck pickup set to single coil volume on about 7 with the tone set to 10. Sweet and even a bit nasty with a heavy hand. Through an Ibanez tube head, it's a perfect counterpart to my Tele.
      I've had this guitar for a couple of weeks. It was on backorder for a couple of months. It was worth the wait. I immediately changed strings with my usual wound G set. The setup worked even with the new gauge strings. A set of '57s alone would cost over half the cost of this axe. Not to mention the locking Grover tuners. So this is a good values for anyone that does not insist on having "Gibson" on the headstock. This is a Les Paul. Yes, would I rather have purchased an American made 6-stringer, yes. But I'm not wealthy, so this is a smart buy for anyone that wants a Les Paul for $600.00. Back to the features: After the strings stretched out, the Grovers tuners allowed the strings to stay in tune, even with my heavy handed rhythm style of play. The pickups are truely sweet and what I like the most about them is that you can make them sing a sweet song with light playing and without the need to fiddle with the volume knobs, you can make them scream just by playing harder. I have a Tele, which I love, but the pickups on it don't possess the same sensativity that the '57s do. I have yet to see any flaws visually with the guitar, I love the sound of my Tribute, and it is well made. My midnight saphire is not quite as blue as the pictures here illustrate, so the flamed maple top is more subtle, especially in typical bar room lighting. I actually prefer that over the light blue stripes seen in the pics here. Anyways, thanks Musician's Friend and thanks Epiphone!
      No flaws seen. The neck and everything seem right on. It is heavy, in the way that a Les Paul should be. Feel very solid on the strap. The strap locks are the only feature that will make you chuckle. Regardless, for this price, forget about the strap locks.
      Is there a better value? Yeah you can get a Gibson studio for a little extra, but I prefered the binding and case that this outfit comes with, did I mention this guitar sounds exactly the way I want it to sound with Gibson pickups.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      6 Months of Research--I Bought One of These--No Regrets

      By Steve

      from Buffalo, NY

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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 Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

          I've been playing guitar for about 15 years, mostly acoustic or classical and was asked to play electric guitar at my church. I had a MIM Strat that I liked, but I wanted a guitar with dual humbuckers so I researched electric guitars for 6 months. When I say research, I mean that I went to several stores to try out different models and spent hours pouring over forums and talking to other musicians (I'm a school band teacher as well). The Epiphone Tribute Plus kept coming up as a great guitar with a low price tag. I was fortunate enough that someone had a used one close to a gig I was playing and when I tried it I was hooked. The person I bought from purchased it about 6 months prior and then decided after a few hours of playing on it that he liked his Strat better due to the fact that the Epi is indeed heavy. I find it to be heavy, but comfortable and one of the most solid instruments I've played. The fit and finish were flawless, the guitar is beautiful but also a workhorse. I tried Gibson, Epiphone, PRS, Schecter and a bunch of others but I liked this better. The electronics are second to none, the Grover tuners, smooth and solidly keeps tune, the Gibson pickups sound amazing and give me all the tones I can ask for. I wanted a reasonably priced Jack of All Trades for worship music, classic rock, blues, jazz, country and a bit of metal and this does what I need to do. For the price you get a solid guitar with upgraded pickups and electronics, a hard case, grover tuners and all the bells and whistles is more than reasonable.

          After trying out dozens of instruments and doing the research for 6 months, I'm very happy with this guitar. Solid, amazing tone and feel for a price that is hard to beat.

          (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Don't Hestiate, Buy it!

          By cajunplayer

          from Lafayette, LA

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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 Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

            OK; I have Gibson's and I have Epiphones. I know what to expect on each. I have always felt Epi's are a good value in their price point. My oldest is a 1996 g400, and others up to 2013. I have Gibson's (Les Pauls and a SG) 1999, 2009 and 2015. This is truly as good as any Les Paul Studio I have owned, and quite frankly better overall.
            I hesitated for a while, but I say if you are torn between a Gibson Les Paul Studio and this guitar, don't hesitate. You will like this guitar.
            The tone is pure Gibson, and the neck is better than my 1999 Gibson LP Standard. I have read some of the negative comments and all I can say is that the one I received didnt have any of issues they describe.
            The build quality, feel and tone are excellent and more than I expected.
            Go for it.

            (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great guitar!

            By cgockrock

            from Illinois

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            Pros

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

            Cons

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                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

                The quality next to my Gibson custom shop 1958 less paul is very comparable. I had to lower the action a little bit and after that it was great. Plays very smooth, great fret ends and frets, absolutely beautiful finish, great sounding Gibson electronicics, lots of tones coming out of this one. I'm having a hard time typing this but I believe it sounds better than my 58 Gibson custom shop. Don't let the name steer you away, this is a real quality guitar handmade in china. I think a skilled guitar craftsman in china can produce just as nice of a guitar as anyone. Check one out, you want be disappointed.

                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awesome Guitar

                By Spoon

                from Sorrento, LA

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                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording

                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

                  I wanted a Les Paul for a while but could not justify $2K. This guitar has a great feel, the look is beautiful (Faded Cherry Sunburst) and good electronics, it has 57' Gibson pickups. The price made this purchase a no-brainer.

                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent Value

                  By FenderFanatic

                  from PA

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

                  I played Gibson guitars in the early 70's and switched to Fender's in the 80's and have been playing Strats and Teles ever since. After playing Fender's for so long, I never felt comfortable playing any Gibson at all. Not sure if it's the string spacing, the neck radius or what. On a recent recording session in Nashville, I picked up several Les Paul's in the studio and fell in love with the tone, I actually used a few different models on the recordings. I decided to buy a Les Paul when I returned to PA. I read a lot of positive reviews on the Epiphone Les Paul Tribute and decided I did not want to spend the ridiculous amount of money on a Gibson, so I went for this model. This has now become one of my favorite guitars! This guitar sounds absolutely amazing and feels just like the Gibson's that I played in the studio. The craftsmanship is excellent, the Gibson '57 humbuckers sound awesome, and the finish is beautiful. If you're thinking about buying this guitar.... Just do it, you will not be disappointed.

                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent Instrument for the Price!

                  By Clancy

                  from AZ

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

                    I'll keep it simple: I purchased one of the used ones, came with a new case. I have many years experience as a luthier, it needed a good setup and new strings. The weakest point on this instrument is the bridge, it doesn't match the quality of the rest of the instrument. I had a new Gotoh nickle bridge in the shop and installed that. But you know what, for the price you can't expect top quality on everything. I removed the neck pickup, to look at the wood, nice big chunk of maple under the veneer. I've owned several Les Pauls.. tonewise and playability this guitar matches up to any Gibson I've ever owned. Sustain is forever, the pickups are great sounding.. yes, there are small details that don't match up to the made in USA Gibsons, but the important parts are all there. Take my advice, if you're inexperienced at setting up an instrument, get the guitar professionally setup. All new guitars need to have this done, tell the repair person to check the string height at the nut.

                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Guitar

                    By Stevie B

                    from Syracuse, NY

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

                    • 57 Gibson Pickups
                    • Carved Maple Top
                    • Classic Tone
                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Tone
                    • Grover Locking Tuners

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

                      I did my research before buying this beauty. The value is outstanding. The 57 Gibson Pickups were the tipping point for me. They seperate this guitar from the rest of the Epiphones. The Grover locking tuners are a nice touch. The carved maple top with the Midnight sapphire finish is stunning. This baby looks and plays like a guitar 3 times the price. I would buy a high end epiphone over low end Gibson anyday. The only thing I did to the guitar was lowered the action and I replaced the strap locks (my preference.) I saved 15% by getting this baby during the 4th of July sale.

                      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Simply Amazing... AKA BUY IT NOW!!!

                      By GuitarLord52

                      from Tulsa,OK

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Solid Electronics

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Rock Concerts

                        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

                        This guitar is beyond awesome!! As soon as I opened the case I knew it was a winner. not only was the finish and wood grains outstanding, the sound is astronomically above others guitars I have played.One reason I bought this guitar was because of the coil tapping outfit. With this new addition you get 2 guitars in one! Although you don't get full extent of bite on the single coil that the Strat gives, it makes it very fun the play. Also about the pick ups, They are GIBSON pick ups!!!!! everything about this guitar is awesome! Go pick one up and you'll see what i mean! my other bottom line... Get over the name on the head stock. it sounds as good as a legit Gibson.

                        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Sweeeeet Guitar

                        By Dr. Tomato

                        from Muscle Shoals, AL

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Fret Buzz

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

                        My bank mistakenly debited my order twice. MF worked diligently and patiently to help me resolve the problem. They know what customer service means, and they're courteous to boot. In one order, they became my "go to" store (brick/mortar included). I'm mightily impressed with their ethics and service.
                        Now, to the guitar... The action and intonation were a mess on arrival, but an easy fix. Now there's some fret buzz on E and A, but SuperLuthier will fix that.
                        The neck is perfect, the pots are active, the sound is pure Les Paul, and the finish is Armani tuxedo. No hyperbole - I've seen less on guitars that cost much, much more. Though I was hoping, I'm still surprised to find this level of quality in this price range. (Even if the luthier charges me the cost of the guitar, which he won't, I would still consider this a deal.)
                        The only reasons one wouldn't love this guitar would be tone (this one's not for you if Ric or Fender lite is your sound) or snobbery (yeah, well mine cost $6K). Those aside, this little beauty can go fifteen rounds with any of them, and I know whereof I speak. I've played for fifty years and have owned some great guitars. Back during the Pleistocene, I recorded with some of the best studio musicians in the world. I'm a good guitar player who's been blessed like a great one...
                        So, if you've been sniffing around this guitar, take the bite. This one waaay exceeds the price. If I could get this kind of ROI in the markets, I could buy Florida.

                        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        *UPDATE* Review on March 11, 2013

                        By SG_Angus

                        from Phoenix, AZ

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Fret Buzz

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

                        On March 11,2013 I had reviewed this guitar (See Intonation/vibrato Issues - 2/5 stars.) I'm unable to update that review directly so I had to create this new one. I sent back the original Epi Les Paul Tribute (midnight sapphire) for replacement. After a couple weeks I received the replacement, but it too had issue. Intonnation issues that were not worth fixing (according to local git techs.) I returned that guitar too, and requested the black-cherry version. Figured since it was on backorder, it was coming from a different stock, so hopefully no duplcate issues again. I received the third guitar at the end of April, and it looked great and sounded good. After some minor tweaks to get it setup, and remove the fret buzz (after adjusting action), this guitar now plays and sounds great. The dark cherry color has a deep warm finish. Very beautiful. The '57 pickups have a great crunch to them for that AC/DC sound, and when set to clean clears up nicely for that Sweet Home Alabama or Paradise City sound. Very happy now with this purchase. I am upgrading my original rating from 2 to 4 stars. Four stars out of five as I had to jump through some hoops to get to this point. Lastly, I give 5 stars to MF Support. No problems there. They were easy and great to work with.

                        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great bang for the buck !!!!!!!

                        By Stratobill

                        from Atlanta

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                        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

                        Other than the fact that there is a "Made in China" sticker on it,,,I have no complaints. There are plenty of USA made Les Paul body and neck projects that one could purchase a project guitar with no electronics and put the electronics and hardware form the Tribute Plus into the USA body and have a pedigree for under 1K.
                        With a pair of 57 Classic pickups it produces tone for days. Coil splitting, parallel wiring,Grover locking tuners,,,,,are you kidding me.....this is a great guitar for the money,,,,,oh,did I mention a hardshell case too!!!!!
                        The quality I gave a 7 because the first thing I had to do on this guitar when I got it was do a full set up,,,fret level, crown, and polish. It's a great playing guitar now.
                        Rightnow,,, this may be the best value for the money out there. I bought mine from MF and got a great deal on it,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,very happy.

                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Solid LP platform

                        By Slingshot

                        from Southern California

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Fret Buzz

                        Best Uses

                        • Practicing
                        • Recording
                        • Rock Concerts
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

                        I've owned several Gibson LPs (25/50 custom, '69 Deluxe, and a couple std bursts) over the last 3 decades along with some excellent MIJ Epi & Tokai models.The Epi 1960 tribute plus is very close in quality/construction to the MIJ models. The poly finish is the one major difference between this particular LP and the others I've owned. The 57 classic/classic+ pups are great, PAF tones and nice articulation with a warm ALNICO II voice and clean up just as you'd expect with a little volume roll off. The Switchcraft 3 way is just like the Gibs, pots are not as smooth/even torque as the CTS I've had in other LPs. The parallel/series option is pretty sweet, some nice in between tones can be found there which adds a lot of versatility to this guitar. The binding is tight and clean, finish, even though it's credit card thick poly, is pretty flawless and looks quite stunning in it's own right. The faded cherry burst is much more sublime than what's shown in the stock photos, more subdued and warm/rich. The neck profile is odd, not what I expected. that being said, I am starting to get used to it and it is quite playable. The narrow width at the nut facilitates easy chord work and the girth at the neck joint makes single note runs smooth and aids in wide vibrato. The sustain is excellent due to the solid, non chambered mahogany body and deep set neck tenon. The attack is crisp and full bodied due to the solid maple cap, which is quite substantial. Tuners are standard fare, locking Rotomatics, but they are not my favorite tuners and still allow a bit of slip, I'll change 'em out along with the pots, caps & wiring later. The bridge is the std. Epi Tune o matic and, like all the others I've played, is just fine and not worth the extra dough to swap out. This is an LP that I would play on any stage and I'd be confident that it would only enhance my performance. I've been a working guitarist for over 20 years and played direct support on many A bills. This guitar? No problem.

                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Great Guitar, but not perfect.

                        By Cybercord

                        from Atlanta , GA, USA

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Fret Buzz

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording
                        • Rock Concerts

                        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

                        I have to say MF is solid on their action as a on line store. No issue here on my purchase of the EPI LP Tribute. Only 4 stars because of the workmanship of the EPI. Way to much fret buzz, frets not polished on many frets. Fret buzz on frets 1-3 due to high frets not being oned down to the proper height. But this is an EPI not a Gibson. I own a Gibson and no work needed, but the EPI will need some work, Now for the good news. Impressed with the feel and sound of this guitar. Smooth volume and tone controls with no scratching. Switch work perfect. The finish is near perfect. I can barely tell where the binding and wood attach. Tuning is spot on. The sustain is fantastic and also the Single Coil splitting is fantastic. Would I buy again , Oh yes in a second. Buy this guitar with confidence.

                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        LP Tribute Plus

                        By amped up

                        from Southern Indiana

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                        Pros

                        • 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 Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

                          I really like this guitar. I purchased a level 2 and it looks brand new. The Black Cherry finish as well as the rest of the guitar is just beautiful.
                          The intonation is right on the money. Had to lower the action to my liking and it plays great.

                          (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          More playable than Gibson LP Traditional

                          By UCSF2012

                          from Austin, TX

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

                          • Cheap
                          • Fun To Play
                          • Good Feel
                          • Good Pick Up
                          • Good Tone
                          • Smooth frets
                          • Solid Electronics

                          Cons

                          • Odd Grover Locking Tuners

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

                          The action came very low. So low that any lower and you may get fret buzz. That means you may get some fret buzz with certain setups, like using flaccid 9's strings or certain types of string material. Perhaps nickle strings, I'm not sure. I'm using bronze strings which are stiffer and I'm currently getting no fret buzz. Just be prepared to raise the bridge a bit if necessary.

                          These '57 pickups are amazing. Raunchy lows and bright mids/highs. The EXACT same sound as the Gibson LP Traditional. The only difference is the push/pull pot location. On the Gibson, the top knobs push/pull. On the Epi, it's the lower knobs. I adjusted the pickup height so that they're closer to the strings. That gave it more detailed tone and slightly higher volume.

                          The frets came quite dull from the factory. I had to polish them with ultra fine sand paper (1500 grit, with water) slightly to get them smooth. Now they play very well.

                          These stay in tune better than the Gibson's, because the nut is plastic (low friction). The Gibson nuts are bone, which grip the strings after bends. My Gibson LP Standard Premium (3.4k) goes out of tune ALL THE TIME!!! I end up playing this Epiphone since it's nearly ALWAYS in tune.

                          The maple top has lots of flame to it, but it doesn't look as nice as the Gibson. Gibsons have a slight 3D effect to them, and it has to do with how the wood is stained (more labor intensive, which adds to the cost).

                          The Epi's have a different shape neck: less rounded on the edges, more rectangular and less C-shaped. The carved maple top plateaus on top (flatter on top, less rounded), and this doesn't matter on any level. It's just a difference in design.

                          I absolutely hate these particular Grover locking tuners. You have to use a flathead screw driver to release the string lock. It took me a while to figure out how to string the strings, and the locking mechanism'd cut through the strings the first few times. Be sure to practice with ample string length, because you may end up with too short a string to use.

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