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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 64 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (47)
  • Good feel (46)
  • Solid electronics (45)
  • Fun to play (43)
  • Good pick up (43)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (6)
  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (47)
  • Jamming (45)
  • Small venues (35)
  • Recording (32)
  • Rock concerts (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (40), Novice (11), Professional musician (7)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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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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5.0

My gigging guitar and my backup!

By Stumblinman

from North of Portland, Ore

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

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:

    This is the second Tribute Plus I've bought. The pickups, electronics and finish are great for the price. Sustains well, and just needed minor intonation and action adjustments. Upgraded switch and series/parallel wiring AND a Hardshell case makes this the best "bang for your buck" Epiphone available. Don't hesitate, buy one.

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    5.0

    Tone Monster

    By Tachyon

    from Meadville, PA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Not A One

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

    This guitar really surprised me. I have owned Epiphones in the past and while I always enjoyed the feel and the tone they always seemed to be plagued with fret problems. NOT this one though. I picked mine up used level two and there was very very minimal signs of wear. First thing I checked was how level the frets were. Nice and level and well polished. Good solid build with a nice flame maple (veneer or not it looks great in midnight sapphire). The Gibson 57 Humbuckers paired with Mallory caps just sound great. Nice and chunky in humbucking and tight and jangly when split. This guitar sounds great clean, even better fattened up with some crunch and sings with some nice saturated distortion. The body is hefty but well balanced and the neck is a nice taper that just feels good in the hand. All and all I have to say that I am really enjoying this guitar. MF was awesome and super quick getting it sent, always a pleasure doing business with them. If you are in the market for a nice Les Paul style guitar but you don't want to put out big money for a Gibson, this is a great guitar. I would not feel self conscious in the slightest taking this to a gig. Once you plug it in and crank her up No One is going to care what the head stock says when it sounds SOO good.

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    5.0

    A lot of bang for the buck

    By Mr. Wonderful

    from Murfreesboro Tennessee

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    Pros

    • A Top Shelf Instrument
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

    Bought my first guitar at age 15 at a pawn shop. My first real guitar was a Gibson EBO bass two years later. At age 22, after I got out of the Army, I got with friends and started jamming and playing a bit here and there. Bought a Fender Precision Bass ( traded for a Jazz bass later) and a used Gibson Les Paul, black with gold hardware. Times marches on. After many other guitars and 4 decades flew by, I am now retired and have some time on my hands. I only play for my own amusement for the most part, but enjoy quality instruments. Right now I have a Gibson EDS 1275 in cherry red, Gibson Les Paul Goldtop bass, most of the same type guitars played by the Beatles from the Hofner bass, Rickenbacker 335, Epiphone Casino (JL tribute) Gretsch Duo Jet, and the prize, a Fender custom shop Rosewood Telecaster. There are others, but this review is about the Epiphone Les Paul 1960 Tribute Plus guitar. I've had it a couple of years have found it to be an exceptional instrument. I wanted a Gibson Les Paul, but with my others, I didn't want to invest that much in it at the time knowing it would see limited playing time. I ordered the midnight ebony and it looks as good as it plays and sounds. For all the years and all the guitars I've owned for the past 48 years, this has got to be the best value overall. Often, you get what you pay for, but with this guitar, you get a lot more than what you pay for. I own 3 Epiphones and they are all quality guitars at affordable prices.

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    5.0

    Bang for the buck!

    By Rolfe

    from Manila, Philippines

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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

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

      Gibson Les Paul sound from an Epiphone! If you don't have enough money to buy a Gibson Traditional, get this because this sounds like one. It also includes a case so this really is bang for the buck!

      I have this guitar for two years now and still continue to like it even more.

      I like the vintage tone and the playability. I also like that it has coil tapping because it gives me some flexibility if I want a thinner/single coil tone.

      This guitar gives you a massive sustain! I think this Epiphone Les Paul has longer sustain than my Gibson '08 LP standard.... no joke!

      We've used it to record my band's album. (We initially used a guitar with EMG 81/85 pups but we decided to redo the recording with this Les Paul because this sounds better!).
      I regularly use it during gigs :-)

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      5.0

      A real Les Paul .

      By raider1

      from St George , Ut

      About Me Novice

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

        I have played Gibsons before and I own an Epiphone SG . I bought this Tribute Plus because I have been wanting a Les Paul and after checking some out this one had the things I was looking for.Just a minor tune up out of the box and it sounded great . I have had it for about 6 months and it has been flawless.
        It is midnight sapphire and the finish and quality on it is excellent . The sound is great through my vox amp. I play mostly classic rock and the 57's are great for that . I also really like the push pull tones . I love the slim taper neck and it is easy to play .It is a great guitar. I would recommend it without hesitating. The features on the Tribute Plus are what you would find on a much more expensive Gibson .With the inlays and binding etc. maybe double or triple the price for the Gibson . I am very impressed with Epiphone and this is my daily player .

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        5.0

        Smooth Blues Machine

        By Tachyon

        from Meadville, PA

        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 Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

          I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this Epiphone. After doing some research I decided to pull the trigger on this model. Very glad I did, this guitar is very very nice, especially considering the low Level 2 used price tag. I ordered it in Midnight Sapphire and it is gorgeous, I could not find a blemish on it. After a string change, set-up and polish, she was off and running. I checked every fret with a fret rocker and they were all nice and level and polished very well.The electronics are great in this guitar, full sized CTS pots, Mallory 150 caps and the soldering was some of the best I have ever seen stock in a guitar. The tones are great from the Gibson 57's in it. I play mostly blues and this really does a nice job. It is a bit more trebly than my PRS but very crisp and spanky. The series/parallel switching is also very useful, you can get a sound pretty close to that of a single coil, but still retains the clarity and crispness. Overall for the price (especially used) this is a great guitar. I've never been one for the whole Gibson vs. Epiphone debate. I think they are both great instruments and this is definitely one worth checking out. I will gladly gig with this and not feel insecure. Great instrument with a great sound that is well worth the money. If you are looking for a nice upgrade, a backup or just something new to try out you cant go wrong. Epiphone really nailed it on this guitar and their quality seems to be getting better and better. MF as always is a pleasure to purchase from and offers some great deals on this axe. Grab one and try it for yourself.

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          5.0

          You will be very happy with this Guitar!

          By TC

          from Manhattan, Kansas.

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          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:

            Money is hard to come by. You won't feel guilty. Just buy it.

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            5.0

            A Gibson disguised as Epiphone

            By Rick Holly

            from New Jersey

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Beatiful Finish
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Great Action
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Anything
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Electric Guitar:

            First off let me say that I already have two Epiphone Les Paul guitars: a 2006 Standard and a 2010 Ultra II and they are really nice guitars. I also own a 1973 Gibson Les Paul that I bought in 1975 that is now offically retired from live gigs and again it is a great guitar. Yesterday my Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus arrived from Musicians Friend. I bought a used/refurbished whatever you want to call it. I figured that since I plan on using it a lot when I play gigs a few minor scratches or small nicks would be acceptable for a regular gig guitar and the savings was quite large. The case and guitar arrived in mint condition. I can't find a mark of any kind on the guitar and all the stickers paperwork, plastic coverings and all were still in place. If this guitar was used I can't tell. I tuned it up and played it right out of the case and it is spot on. The intonation and set up are perfect for me. I changed the strings (just because) and planned on doing an additional set up but found it was unnecessary. This guitar sounds awesome. It's a big fat tone while in the humbucker modes and though slightly lower in output in the single coil modes the split pickups are as quiet in the single coil mode as the humbuckers. I don't know if this will be true in the clubs with the fluorescent beer signs but I'll find out this week end. I am very pleased with this guitar. It exceeds my expectations. These Gibson 57 Classic pickups have a very strong output and I surprised how much better they are than the standard Epiphone 57 CH pickups on my other two Epiphones. I thought they sounded good but these Gibson 57 Classics are making me rethink that. The overall finish on the guitar is beautiful (Black Cherry). The included Epiphone strap locks were a mystery to me but thanks to a YouTube video I now understand how they work so all is well. I also couldn't figure out how the new style Grover locking tuners worked since they are unlike any locking tuners I ever saw, but I found an on line explanation. I think these locking tuners are much easier to use and they work better than any locking tuners I have ever used before. The bottom line is that I am very happy with this guitar. The pickups are real Gibson 57 classics, the pots are the larger style Gibson pots, the tone capacitors are top of the line Mallory caps, the three way switch and output jack are Switchcraft and the tuners are Grover locking tuners. The body is solid mahogany and it has a full maple cap not just the standard Epiphone veneer top. The case is not a standard Epiphone case (I have two Epiphone cases already). This case is a real top of the line Gibson case with the Epiphone name on it.Except for the name on the headstock and the incredibly low price I don't understand where there is any difference between this Epiphone Tribute and a similar Gibson modal.

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