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Epiphone Limited-Edition 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Version 3 Electric Guitar  

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        This affordable '60 Les Paul re-creation with a SlimTaper neck 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 Darkburst or Cherry Sunburst finish. 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, powerful PAF-style Gibson USA BurstBucker humbucking pickups, versatile Tune-O-Matic bridge, and super-comfortable, hyper-fast long tenon neck with SlimTaper '60s-style "D" profile.

        Body
        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.

        BurstBucker
        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.

        Bridge
        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.

        Features
        • 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
        • SlimTaper™ '60s-style 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 witch hat knobs with metal inserts
        • Vintage-style tulip tuners
        • Switchcraft 3-way pickup selector toggle switch
        • Mallory-150 tone capacitors
        • Stamped serial number

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        Limited-Edition 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Version 3 Electric Guitar Specifications:

        • 24-3/4" scale
        • 12" radius
        • 22 frets
        • 1-11/16" nut width
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        50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Limited Edition

        I've played a lot of guitars in the last few years. Yes, several Agile 2K and 3K models, all gone now, not a fan. I have a couple of other Epis including...Read complete review

        I've played a lot of guitars in the last few years. Yes, several Agile 2K and 3K models, all gone now, not a fan. I have a couple of other Epis including a Korean 56 Goldtop and an older Korean Saein Quilt Honeyburst. Also an SVK Gold Top. Oh - and an Edwards White LTS LP Custom. Sold a 1970 Gibby 30th Anniversary Gold Top a few years back after buying it new. So believe me - this Epi is the real deal. Absolutely no switching noise, rare with a stock import. After a setup it plays like, well, butter! Sounds amazing. Looks just as amazing. Honestly, the Edwards and the Saien are my two best LP copies, and this one may out-play those, we'll see. But it really is that nice. Hope this is a window into the future.
        Standard Les Paul features. You gotta look to make sure you're not playing a Gibson. The neck - a little beefier than what I see as a 60's neck, but not as thick as a 50's would be. Actually, a perfect feel for me. I bought the V3 btw.
        Gave it a 9. 10 would be perfect and the QC fell a little short. Arrived with a broken E-string. Not a tragedy, but shouldn't happen. Had about a half inch diameter buffing scratch, mark, something on the side of the body. Took me a few minutes to compound and buff it away but - again - wouldn't expect that to slip by QC if you were looking to get 10s for a score. Needed a setup badly, but I wouldn't use that as a QC point, positive or negative. I don't think we buy too many guitars that are perfectly set up outta the box, to be honest. If they are, somebody just did it for you and it's not "outta the box".
        Without a doubt, the best value on the market today, at this point in time. Do the math. The USA Burstbuckers, the case is at least on par with the stock black Epi case, so that's another amount of money on top of another guitar. So you're getting this long-tenon, maple capped, veneer flame on the maple cap guitar for a great price! Nice tuners and hardware, beautiful fret work, actually an impeccable finish if you disregard the tiny mark mine had (which is gone completely with no trace of ever being there). Aside from the specs, this thing is gorgeous, plays unbelieveable and the BBs sound fantastic both clean and over-driven.

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        Can't be beat for the price.

        Super awesome guitar. Very pleased with my purchase!! Epiphone hit a home run with this guitar. The hard shell case is just as amazing as the guitar is!!
        I have played...Read complete review

        Super awesome guitar. Very pleased with my purchase!! Epiphone hit a home run with this guitar. The hard shell case is just as amazing as the guitar is!!
        I have played many Les Pauls and SGs that where both Epiphone and Gibson. This guitar can hang with any Les Paul Standard and SG Standard I have ever played. The Burstbuckers in this beauty just sing and sound amazing for anything type of music from Jazz to Rock and from Country to Metal. I was a little scared of buying another Epiphone Les Paul because the last one I bought I had to send back twice and then finally just canceling my order due to cosmetic and mechanical flaws but not with this baby. Every feature on this guitar feels to me like and top quality Gibson and I have played many guitars made by Gibson, Epiphone, PRS, Fender, ESP, and Gretsch.
        This guitar is very well built and has a great weight to it. I have played Pauls that made your shoulder feel like it is about to fall right off, again not with this guitar. It is very well balanced and heavy enough to not be sliding around but light enough there shouldn't be a problem with playing a four hour gig with this Epi. This neck is not super thin like most Epiphone's, nor is it thick like a Gibson Les Paul Studio. The neck feels super great in my hands and plays very very well. The top of this guitar looks very sharp to say the least. The tuning knobs hold tune well. If you never looked at the headstock, you would never be able to tell this guitar is an Epiphone, you would seriously think it was a Gibson. The quality is that great.
        For this guitar it is WELL WORTH the money. You will not find a guitar this well built, as great sounding as this guitar for a better value. The value is UNBEATABLE!!

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        5.0

        It's a great guitar, but...

        By Bjones

        from Lake Village, AR

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Epiphone Limited-Edition 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Version 3 Electric Guitar:

          So I ordered one of these, but when it came in, there was no hangtag warranty card and no COA. Called MF and they sent another one out that same day and are paying the shipping back for the first guitar. Got the second guitar...no hangtag warranty card and no COA. The switch tip on the second one was crushed and they offered to send me another one that the warehouse checked. I loved the finish so much on the second one that I worked out a deal with them on discount...the biggest problem is this; the stamped serial numbers on the back of each headstock is illegible. With no hangtag, I had to resort to looking at the sticker on the end of the carton..but looking more closely at it, I don't think the serial number on the guitar matches the carton number. Obviously the carton has been tampered with because Gibson says they don't ship items like that without the proper paperwork. The only thing I can knock this for is the serial number issue. It takes the identification from the guitar...what if it gets stolen? How can I prove it's mine? With the poly so thick on the back of the headstock, you can't. But, after all that, it is an EXCELLENT sounding guitar, and the finish is beautiful.

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          1.0

          Can't be beat for the price.

          By Ryan Minton

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Epiphone Limited-Edition 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Version 3 Electric Guitar:

          Super awesome guitar. Very pleased with my purchase!! Epiphone hit a home run with this guitar. The hard shell case is just as amazing as the guitar is!!
          I have played many Les Pauls and SGs that where both Epiphone and Gibson. This guitar can hang with any Les Paul Standard and SG Standard I have ever played. The Burstbuckers in this beauty just sing and sound amazing for anything type of music from Jazz to Rock and from Country to Metal. I was a little scared of buying another Epiphone Les Paul because the last one I bought I had to send back twice and then finally just canceling my order due to cosmetic and mechanical flaws but not with this baby. Every feature on this guitar feels to me like and top quality Gibson and I have played many guitars made by Gibson, Epiphone, PRS, Fender, ESP, and Gretsch.
          This guitar is very well built and has a great weight to it. I have played Pauls that made your shoulder feel like it is about to fall right off, again not with this guitar. It is very well balanced and heavy enough to not be sliding around but light enough there shouldn't be a problem with playing a four hour gig with this Epi. This neck is not super thin like most Epiphone's, nor is it thick like a Gibson Les Paul Studio. The neck feels super great in my hands and plays very very well. The top of this guitar looks very sharp to say the least. The tuning knobs hold tune well. If you never looked at the headstock, you would never be able to tell this guitar is an Epiphone, you would seriously think it was a Gibson. The quality is that great.
          For this guitar it is WELL WORTH the money. You will not find a guitar this well built, as great sounding as this guitar for a better value. The value is UNBEATABLE!!

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Not impressed - sent it back

          By gravydb

          from PA

          Comments about Epiphone Limited-Edition 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Version 3 Electric Guitar:

          You might be surprised, but I highly recommend this guitar. The one I got was probably a bad one, and probably could have been fixed with a little elbow grease and TLC.
          I got the slim-profile neck model. Feature-wise, it is a great guitar. An Epiphone body with largely Gibson USA innards, at an Epiphone price, with a hardshell case to boot! It's a great deal. The neck is a bit chunkier than I expected, but not a deal-breaker. I wanted a traditional looking singlecut guitar on a budget, and this one fit the bill.
          This is where I ran into trouble. Maybe mine was a one-off, I don't know...

          First the positive: the guitar looks like a million bucks. Seriously. I'm fussy with this stuff, and this guitar is cosmetically perfect. No finish flaws. Overall fit-and-finish is great. More importantly, it also sounds fantastic! The tone and sustain on this thing is unreal. Also, I don't expect guitars to be setup perfectly out of the box, but this one was pretty good. In general, my first impressions were VERY favorable.

          Now the negative: the more familiar I became with it, the more I noticed some issues. A couple high frets in the upper-register, even with medium action. When I lowered the action to medium-low, the notes completely choke out. This could probably be rectified with some fret work. Another issue I noticed is an intonation problem on the low E string. Even with the saddle adjusted as far back as possible, fretted notes are NOTICEABLY sharp. They are especially sharp in the lower register which makes me suspicious of the nut. Again, like the high fret issue, this is probably fixable, but I just don't feel like dealing with it. So back it goes. Hats off to MF for handling the return VERY WELL!
          Despite those issues, I feel like there is a ton of value in this guitar. If I were more ambitious I would fix those minor problems and I'd have a seriously awesome guitar.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Guitar - But Buy It From MF!!

          By TomTom-80RWx

          from Louisville, KY

          Comments about Epiphone Limited-Edition 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Version 3 Electric Guitar:

          Could not be happier.
          OK. I bought two different Epi Les Pauls from another online dealer and returned them both for full refunds. First, I bought an Epi Les Paul Custom, Arctic White then the Epiphone 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul V3. Both guitars arrived with major cosmetic defects, including misshaped necks that were finished over. They were clearly seconds, sold to me at a first quality price.

          Then I finally bought my current Epiphone 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul V3 from Musiciansfriend.com, Cherryburst - and wow at the price. - it came in in perfect shape. It's absolutely flawless, has a remarkable flamed top, and sounds and plays incredibly. Although it isn't a complaint at all, the back is actullly a three piece Mahogany body, with a one piece veneer. No big deal at all. Lots of Gibsons are made the same way. This guitar is my favorite, hands-down. I'm a lifelong American Strat/Tele/Jaguar owner - and they're great at what they do - but this guitar's pickups just rock - and it's gorgeous to look at. If I could afford another one, I'd rebuy it today from MF in the Herritage Sunburst just to have it. I know a lot of pro players only want Gibson, but even if I had a lot more money to by the Gibson version of it - I wouldn't.
          Rediculously good for the money.
          Best value for your buck.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great value!

          Comments about Epiphone Limited-Edition 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Version 3 Electric Guitar:

          Hard to beat this guitar for the price. This guitar not only is a bargain, but it sounds and plays great right out of the box. I bought this guitar for my son, but I want one, too!
          This guitar has all of the basic features of a Les Paul.
          Craftsmanship appears great; better than I expected!
          Extremely great value! Gibson pickups, beautiful case, and a beautiful guitar fora great price. Hard to go wrong with this guitar if you want a Les Paul.

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          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing guitar, better than a lot of gibsons!

          By Grisselle Hernandez

          from Puerto Rico

          Comments about Epiphone Limited-Edition 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Version 3 Electric Guitar:

          I'll start of by sayiing that this guitar looks incredible, I got it in the heritage darkburst and im having a hard time putting it down. The burstbuckers are high quality, the clean is rich and clear and when in overdrive this guitar really sings, increadibly versatile, plays anything from jazz to classic rock to metal, theres nothing this cant do. Ive had a few epis and a dean vendetta 4.0, none come even close to this guitar. The case is great but mine came with a 3" scratch on the bootom, no tragedy though. Mine was number 1495/1960. This guitar is kinda heavy, but thats just how i like my guitars.
          If you want an awesome guitar with all the features of a top of the line gibson and the sound for a good price, look no further, this is the guitar for you!

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Limited Edition

          Comments about Epiphone Limited-Edition 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Version 3 Electric Guitar:

          I've played a lot of guitars in the last few years. Yes, several Agile 2K and 3K models, all gone now, not a fan. I have a couple of other Epis including a Korean 56 Goldtop and an older Korean Saein Quilt Honeyburst. Also an SVK Gold Top. Oh - and an Edwards White LTS LP Custom. Sold a 1970 Gibby 30th Anniversary Gold Top a few years back after buying it new. So believe me - this Epi is the real deal. Absolutely no switching noise, rare with a stock import. After a setup it plays like, well, butter! Sounds amazing. Looks just as amazing. Honestly, the Edwards and the Saien are my two best LP copies, and this one may out-play those, we'll see. But it really is that nice. Hope this is a window into the future.
          Standard Les Paul features. You gotta look to make sure you're not playing a Gibson. The neck - a little beefier than what I see as a 60's neck, but not as thick as a 50's would be. Actually, a perfect feel for me. I bought the V3 btw.
          Gave it a 9. 10 would be perfect and the QC fell a little short. Arrived with a broken E-string. Not a tragedy, but shouldn't happen. Had about a half inch diameter buffing scratch, mark, something on the side of the body. Took me a few minutes to compound and buff it away but - again - wouldn't expect that to slip by QC if you were looking to get 10s for a score. Needed a setup badly, but I wouldn't use that as a QC point, positive or negative. I don't think we buy too many guitars that are perfectly set up outta the box, to be honest. If they are, somebody just did it for you and it's not "outta the box".
          Without a doubt, the best value on the market today, at this point in time. Do the math. The USA Burstbuckers, the case is at least on par with the stock black Epi case, so that's another amount of money on top of another guitar. So you're getting this long-tenon, maple capped, veneer flame on the maple cap guitar for a great price! Nice tuners and hardware, beautiful fret work, actually an impeccable finish if you disregard the tiny mark mine had (which is gone completely with no trace of ever being there). Aside from the specs, this thing is gorgeous, plays unbelieveable and the BBs sound fantastic both clean and over-driven.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Completely exceeds all expectations!

          By Roy Barrett

          from Evans, GA

          Comments about Epiphone Limited-Edition 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Version 3 Electric Guitar:

          I own several nice guitars and they are all way more expensive than this guitar, BUT this guitar beats them all! This is a serious Les Paul - it doesn't have to say Gibson on the headstock to make it so! Mine is number 1567 of a total of 1960 made. They won't be around much longer. Get one before they are gone!
          I got the V3 Darkburst. The finish is amazing! The neck feels perfect, like it was made for my hands. The frets are perfectly finished. I've seen others complain about the tuners - I don't know why. They are Wilkinson Deluxes - not top of the line, but certainly not crap either. They do their job just fine. The Burstbucker pickups are really impressive! Warm, aggressive, subtle, sweet, biting, really they do it all! I have a Les Paul with Burstbucker Pros and they are great, but I do believe that these Burstbucker 1 and 3 are even better! The slim taper neck is perfect. I played the V1 with the fatter neck and it is a bit much. This neck is plenty beefy!
          Ok, I bought this guitar to play - not to look at. I don't get hung up on trying to find every little miniscule imperfection. I gotta say though - this guitar is absolutely beautiful! The fit and finish is truly a work of art! The only thing that is remotely not perfect is a slight bleed of the fretboard stain on the neck binding - not a big deal at all. I keep checking the headstock to see if it says Gibson - it is seriously that good! It is worth mentioning that the case it not all that. It is really no better than a standard Epiphone case - it's just brown with a pink interior instead of black with a gray interior.
          This very well could be this best deal on a Les Paul in quite some time! This guitar feels, plays and sounds better than many actual Gibson Les Pauls that I have owned or played. The only things I had to change were adding new strings and strap locks. Right out of the box the set-up (neck relief, intonation, etc.) were perfect! That is the first time that has ever happened to me and I am impressed! Good job Epiphone!

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          D64 Fan

          By D64 Fan

          from Wisconsin

          Comments about Epiphone Limited-Edition 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Version 3 Electric Guitar:

          Every bit as good or better than a lot of Gibson Les Paul models and WAAAAY cheaper. Epiphone has outdone themselves with this model. Great job !!
          The guitar is well made all around with no flaws that I can see. A ONE PIECE body!!! The Burstbuckers sound awesome!! Great Sustain.
          Very well made. Looks great.
          I dont believe that ANYONE will be able to hear a $$ difference between this guitar and a Gibson! If you havent played one yet get out and snatch one of these up before they are gone. Trully one of the nicest playing and sounding guitars I have ever owned.

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          5.0

          Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Version 3

          By BillyB

          from Texas

          Comments about Epiphone Limited-Edition 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Version 3 Electric Guitar:

          Got mine in the darkburst. First off it's just beautiful to look at. It plays even better with great sustain. The setup on arrival just needed a little tweaking to my taste. Other than that this guitar has to be the best Epiphone I have ever played. Get one while they still have em'...All the usual Les Paul features..

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