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  • 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
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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.

 

Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar 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 72 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (55)
  • Good feel (54)
  • Good pick up (50)
  • Solid electronics (50)
  • Fun to play (49)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (6)
  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (54)
  • Jamming (52)
  • Recording (37)
  • Small venues (37)
  • Rock concerts (24)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (44), Novice (13), Professional musician (9)

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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Two in a row sent with broken pots.....

When I asked MF rep initially, he said they looked at the guitars before sending them out. Then, it came to me with a broken pot. Called, got return, and asked if...Read complete review

When I asked MF rep initially, he said they looked at the guitars before sending them out. Then, it came to me with a broken pot. Called, got return, and asked if this was a common problem with the model and was told NO. Replacement not shipped, called to find order not put in two days later. Then I got a different color since they sold out of the first. No worries- Cherry and Sapphire are both great looking btw. Finally got it again a week after that- same pot is broken on the new guitar, but not shorted like the other so not in need of soldering. I find the replacement on line to see its construction, look under the hood, and see that the one in the guitar had broken into two parts (stem from other piece) and never could have held to the body in its condition. I was able to put the pot together after perusing the internet to see how it should have been assembled in the first place. Be careful to protect the holes with the plastic initially used around them on the outside of the guitar to keep the finish nice when you reinstall the pot. It works fine now, but the USA electronics by Gibson seem to boast a faulty potentiometer that looks allot like inexpensive ones sold online. Others have noted this problem with the pots on this guitar. Two faulty pots in a row does not suggest an isolated problem. All in all this is a pretty nice guitar, but there are quality control issues with some of the minor stuff so it is good if you are handy or do not mind being a regular at the UPS facility in your area. Very nice guitar otherwise-but my experience was not good initially. I will better be able to evaluate it after a more prolonged period of use. I had previously never experienced problems with other Epiphone guitars, and this model is unique and may be worth the effort. In the worst case, if you are handy and can solder a little, worse come to worse, a better quality pot is inexpensive and easy enough to replace should you need to down the road.

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5.0

Totally Fantastik!!!!

By freck

from Bowling Green Kentucky

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Head Buzz
    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

    Just got it yesterday and I couldn't possibly be happier. Great quality guitar at a price I can afford. And I didn't have to give up quality to get a price I could afford.I got a rock-n-roll guitar with the tone and feel and playability that will keep me interested for years to come. If you love vintage Les Pauls with the old school sound do yourself a favor and check one of these out!!!

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    5.0

    Fantastic Tone and Playability

    By mindseye

    from Ohio

    About Me Novice

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Weak Flames

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

    The tone on this one is sweet. I upgraded from an Epiphone Standard Les Paul and the difference in sound is like night and day. I play a variety of music from clean to distorted and it sounds great on all of those tones. The parallel coils sound decent. not quite like a strat but definitely thinner than the humbucker mode. That make this guitar full of tonal possibilities.

    I find the 60's slim taper neck to be very comfortable. The neck is glossy but isn't sticky and plays smooth. The Grover locking tuners are awesome. They make string changes quick and easy while keeping in tune.

    This guitar is heavy. Mine comes in at 9lbs. I highly recommend using strap locks when playing.

    The only bad things I can say is that the flames on mine a very mild and it looks just ok. There are also some minor finishing imperfections.

    Overall this guitar is a great deal. It doesn't need any upgrades, the sound is awesome and it feels like a sturdy high grade instrument.

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    5.0

    Awesome Guitar

    By Spoon

    from Sorrento, LA

    About Me Experienced

    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.

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      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.

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      5.0

      Excellent Instrument for the Price!

      By Clancy

      from AZ

      About Me Professional Musician

      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.

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        4.0

        Great Buy

        By JK

        from South Central Indiana

        About Me Novice

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

          Bought this as Condition 2 / Very Good.
          Website pics hinted at scratch across front, under neck pickup. Have had for several months, still cant find the scratch.
          Black Cherry finish is amazing. Not the (big brother) Les Paul,, but still, Epiphone did an excellent job.
          Packaged well no damage. Broken pot when I opened it. Got it fixed at local music store(VERY REASONABLE).
          Looks great, Sounds great, Plays great.
          Thanks MF..

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          5.0

          real gibson tone 1/4 the price

          By bluesplayer

          from panama city

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

            bought this guitar a few months ago. im blown away by how inexpensive this guitar is for the hardware thrown into it. to get a Gibson of this level your looking atleast 2000$. pick ups and coil taps with a huge tonal array. as far as im concerned this is a must have guitar! I play mainly rock/blues.

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            5.0

            Very Good Value

            By Zach

            from OR

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Playability

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

            Great pickups, excellent playablity, the midnight sapphire finish is incredibly beautiful. Comes with a very good case. Doesn't get any better than this at this price-point.

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            4.0

            What You Should Know

            By Grinder66

            from California

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

            Had this for 3 months now. You get great wood and craftsmanship for the neck and body, hands down excellent! Good finish on mine also. The Gibson USA P.A.F's rock enough said there. The rest of the electronics are also very worthy. What Epiphone skimped on to sell you these for the lower than Gibson price is the lack of fret work. The frets on all these that I have come across need some leveling, crowning, and then polishing. They did use good fret wire. Mine had 4 high frets. You or someone else will just have to do a little work is all. The Grover locking tuners are terrible. They slip when you bend and when you bend big they slip bad!! The worst! I use Grovers on all my guitars just not these locking ones. Grover must of gave Epi a deal on these tuners, but Epi did not seem to charge you for them if you add it all up. Overall I say buy this guitar because you don't have the money for a Gibson. It will sound great when you put new tuners on it and do some fret work, adjust the action, and intonation. I play mine through a Carvin XV112E 100 watt tube amp when I play with band and a Marshall Valvestate VS65R when I just want to practice alone at lower volume. This guitar really sounds great through both amps but really shines through the tubes! Rock On!

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            2.0

            I must have got a lemon!

            By VintageToneGuy

            from North Carolina

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

            Best Uses

            • Jamming

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

            I really wanted to love this guitar. From the time I ordered it until it arrived, I watched every YouTube Video I could and did my research in anticipation of a top quality instrument. The guitar came through in every area but one - craftsmanship.

            I received the guitar and immediately tuned it up and began playing. Within one hour of it's arrival I discovered what appeared to be two cracks in the binding at the 12th fret. I looked close at them and they were under the finish which told me the binding was probably cracked before the finish was applied. Upon further inspection I discovered 6 of the same type of flaws on the Low E side of the neck and then turned to the High E side and saw 7. This was a real let down!

            I called MF and they were very nice and apologetic about it. They offered to discount what I paid or send me a brand new instrument in place of the one I had. In short, I just decided to get a refund.

            I know I probably just got a lemon; one that slipped by Quality Control Inspection and the overall consensus is good on these guitars. Everything else on the guitar was flawless and great. I might try it again in the future, but I will need to find one in a store that I can personally inspect and play. Doing it via internet has tied up two weeks of time and I am still waiting for my refund to come back (which I am sure it will). But I need my funds to buy something else

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