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Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Version 1 Electric Guitar

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This Limited-Edition 50th Anniversary Les Paul Electric Guitar from Epiphone offers you an affordable re-creation of the treasured 1960 carved top gu...Click To Read More About This Product

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This affordable '60 Les Paul re-creation with a rounded neck profile is the real deal.

This Limited-Edition 50th Anniversary Les Paul Electric Guitar from Epiphone offers you an affordable re-creation of the treasured 1960 carved top guitar with a glorious Heritage Cherry finish and 1950s rounded D neck profile. You get all the benefits of a new guitar, with all the mojo of a vintage Les Paul. Each guitar comes with a stamped serial number, a numbered certificate of authenticity, and an Epiphone hardshell case.

The 1960 Gibson Les Paul has achieved such heights on the collector's market that it is unattainable to all but the most affluent investors. The Epiphone Limited-Edition 50th Anniversary Les Paul harks back to 1960, with its carved maple top with flamed maple veneer, powerful Gibson USA BurstBucker 1 and 2 humbuckers, Mallory 150 tone capacitors, Switchcraft toggle, and nickel hardware.

The body is carved from solid mahogany with a carved cap and grade-AAA flame maple veneer. The maple-mahogany wood combination, one of the most legendary pairs in the history of the solid and semi-solid electric guitar, yields a "best of both worlds" tonal splendor that couples warmth and definition, while also producing a classic look and a sturdy instrument. The Ltd Edition 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Standard's body woods present a tonal marriage made in heaven, offering a combination of good clarity, definition and treble bite from the maple, and excellent depth and richness from the mahogany, with punchy mids and warm lows, all of which are elements that are found in the classic Les Paul Standard tone.

Gibson U.S.A. BurstBucker humbuckers. BurstBuckers replicate the sound of Gibson's original "Patent Applied For" pickups”the pickups that gave the '59-'60 Les Paul Standards their legendary sound. Made like the originals, with unpolished magnets and non-potted coils, they include variations in pickup output and tone thanks to magical inconsistencies in winding the bobbins, a result of the lack of automatic shutoffs on Gibson's winding machines in the late 1950s.

Seth Lover, who invented the humbucker, always said they wound the bobbins "until they were full." When two coils in a pickup have a different number of turns, that variation puts a little "edge" or "bite" on the classic humbucker sound. The neck pickup is a BurstBucker-1 and is slightly under-wound for a "medium" vintage output. The bridge pickup is a Burstbucker-2 that is wound in the range of a slightly hotter vintage PAF, and which works well in combination with the BB-1 in the neck.

The Ltd Edition 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Standard carries Epiphone's LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge. This legendary bridge provides a firm seating for the strings, allowing the player to adjust and fine-tune the intonation and string height in a matter of minutes. It also yields excellent coupling between strings and body, maximizing resonance, tone, and sustain. The LockTone upgrade of this classic piece of hardware now stays in place with all strings removed, and provides and even tighter coupling between bridge and posts. This Tune-O-Matic is nickel plated to echo the look of an original late-'50s Les Paul Standard. Bridge Tailpiece
Every Tune-O-Matic bridge is combined with a separate "stopbar" tailpiece, which is essentially a modified version of the earlier wraparound bridge that's designed to further enhance the connection between the strings and the body. The Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Standard's carries a nickel-plated LockTone stopbar, which provides a firm coupling between the tailpiece and its studs.

Carved hard maple cap with AAA flamed maple veneer
Non-chambered mahogany body
Creme binding
Polyurethane finish
Set mahogany neck
Deep-set neck joint
Rosewood fretboard with creme binding
1950s rounded D neck profile
Nickel hardware
LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge/stopbar tailpiece
Gibson U.S.A. Burstbucker 1 neck humbucker with Alnico II magnets
Gibson U.S.A. BurstBucker 2 bridge humbucker with Alnico II magnets
Volume/Volume/Tone/Tone controls
Gold top hat knobs
Vintage-style tulip tuners
Switchcraft 3-way pickup selector toggle switch
Mallory-150 tone capacitors
Stamped serial number
Includes vintage hardshell case and certificate of authenticity
24-3/4" scale 
12" radius
22 medium jumbo frets
1-11/16" nut width

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Wow Really Nice

By Joey-HVh.x

from Philadelphia

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I have owned and played guitars that cost $4,500. I sold my Gibson LP 59 Reissue last year. I just could not justify the cost of the instrument, I took my time and sold it, was not a fire sale. My other LP was a 89 LP Standard which is now increasing in value, worth about $2,400 now. So I was looking for a guitar in the less than $1,000 range that still sounded great and felt like a professional instrument. I was looking at the Gibson LP Studios and Epiphone LPs. My local guitar store had this guitar but in Version 3 which has the smaller 60's neck. The neck on that was really not bad but I wanted something a little chunky for playing the blues and giving support to my hand for string bending. I found this at MF and it seemed to be well featured and if the quality was like the V-3 one I already saw I knew it would be a winner. The day I got it I was surprized at the size of the neck. It was bigger than my prior Gibson 59 reissue, closer to a 58 reissue in size. I really like it alot. I had to do a set up, no big deal and it really was not to far off from what I like out of the box. It comes with a cali girl / Lifton style case which is very nice. Frankly this guitar is a steal for the price but it is made in China. This guitar is for sure a major step above the standard Epiphone product line and it plays and sounds as nice as any high end Gibson. But it says Epiphone on the headstock. The finish is poly too but so are high end PRS guitars. Do I wish it was Nito, yes of course. But at this price point you can take it out and have some fun with it and not worry too much. Mine is seeing alot of use with no worries at all. Enjoy!

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Stop reading reviews and buy it!

By WhiningC

from Seattle, WA

This is the guitar without a doubt the best value on MF. It's a Gibson for those of us on an Epiphone budget. The guitar is BEAUTIFUL and it sounds the same. The inclusion of Gibson burstbucker pickups should be enough to cause you diving for your debit card and the hardshell case sweetens the deal even further. Don't think about it; BUY IT!

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