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Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar  

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The return of a bold guitar for everything from hard rock to jazz fusion.

The classic Epiphone Genesis was one of Epiphone's most original and modern designs when it was first published in the Epiphone catalog in late 1979. It was intended as a new beginning for Epiphone--a truly original solid body design that could hold its ground with a Les Paul, giving players the added advantage of an eye-catching double cutaway. The proposed Epiphone Ltd. Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO would bring back this collector's favorite in all its original glory with added features like coil-tapping, Epiphone ProBucker™ pickups and Grover™ tuners along with a beautiful AAA flame maple veneer top and solid mahogany body in four new beautiful color finishes, including Black Cherry, Midnight Ebony, Midnight Sapphire, and Vintage Sunburst.

Original Genesis Ads circa 1979
Early Genesis ads proclaimed "this isn't a guitar for shy people" and "we've created a monster," and you can see why. Along with its bold shape and beautiful finish, the Genesis featured coil-tapping for both pickups via a separate toggle switch. Coil-tapping was a new concept to guitar players and the original Genesis was a bold instrument with a warm sound that could do anything from hard rock to fusion jazz with its incredible sustain from the mahogany body. In many ways, the Genesis was part of Epiphone's longstanding tradition of giving players more for their money at a level of quality and consistency other guitar makers can't maintain. Today, Epiphone is still a leader in giving players a custom shop experience. The Epiphone Ltd. Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO would take it a step further by adding Epiphone's bold ProBucker™ pickups with individual coil-tapping for the rhythm and lead pickups to potentially put the Genesis back to its rightful place among Epiphone's greatest instruments.

AAA Flame Maple Top and Futuristic Features
The Epiphone Ltd. Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO would combine a solid mahogany body with a AAA flame maple veneer, delivering the classic tone and sustain that made the Genesis stand out in a crowd. The double cutaway body features 1-ply cream binding on the top for a beautiful vintage look. The mahogany neck has a 24.75" scale with a 12" radius and features a 1960s SlimTaper™ "D" profile--a player's favorite--along with a glued-in neck joint for lifelong stability. The rosewood fingerboard comes with pearloid trapezoid inlays, 22 medium-jumbo frets and a 1.68" nut along with single ply cream binding along the fingerboard.

Genesis Power: Epiphone ProBucker™ Humbuckers with Coil-Tapping
The original Genesis model featured coil-tapping via a small mini toggle. However, the original Genesis did not allow for coil-tapping each individual pickup. The new Epiphone Ltd. Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO zooms into the 21st century with ProBucker™ pickups with coil-tapping on both the rhythm and lead pickups. ProBucker™ pickups feature Alnico II magnets, the same magnets used in sought-after vintage PAF humbuckers. Alnico II magnets provide a rich, warm tone with a sparkling high end and a solid low end. The Ltd. Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO features a ProBucker-2™ in the neck position and a ProBucker-3™ in the bridge position. The ProBucker-3™ is slightly overwound to provide balance with the neck pickup with an added bit of edge for lead work. ProBuckers™ emulate the sound of original PAF pickups which were hand-wound with a few extra turns of wire.

Both of the Ltd. Ed. Genesis PRO's pickups feature coil-tapping, which is activated by a push/pull volume SpeedKnob control, allowing players an infinite variety of pickups sounds from single-coil bark to full humbucker bite. When winding humbuckers, Epiphone utilizes a double vacuum waxing process that ensures quiet operation, free from microphonic hum. The pickup is first placed in the specialized wax vacuuming system before the cover is placed on the unit to ensure that the wax fully penetrates to the very center of the pickup and solidifies all parts. After the cover is placed on, it is again given a second vacuum wax bath until the unit is completely saturated with wax. Epiphone uses only the highest quality parts for its pickups, such as ABS plastic bobbins, 1010 Cold Rolled Steel pole shoes and pole screws, Alnico magnets and the finest magnet wire available.

A Classic Made to Last a Lifetime
The Epiphone Ltd. Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO features Epiphone's legendary rock-solid gold hardware including a LockTone™ Tune-o-matic fully adjustable bridge and a Stopbar tailpiece. And now, Epiphone's updated, patent pending design auto locks the bridge and tailpiece in place with no tools needed! This also results in improved sustain. The Epiphone Ltd. Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO uses 1" diameter potentiometers for better "throw," longer life and reliable service. Epiphone's all-metal toggle switches use rugged spring-steel contacts to ensure years of reliable service and performance. Epiphone's proprietary output jack features an improved contact shape and heavy-duty spring steel to increase reliability and gold Grover™ 14:1 machine heads on a classic '60s era Epiphone Sloped Dovewing headstock to ensure tuning stability and long life.

FEATURES
  • Body Material: Mahogany
  • Top Material: AAA Flame Maple Veneer
  • Neck Material: Mahogany
  • Neck Shape: 1960's SlimTaper; D profile
  • Neck Joint: Glued In
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Scale Length: 24.75"
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood with pearloid "Trapezoid" inlays
  • Neck Pickup: Epiphone ProBucker-2; 4-wire
  • Bridge Pickup: Epiphone ProBucker-3; 4-wire
  • Controls: Epiphone All-metal 3-way Pickup Selector, Neck Pickup Volume with push/pull coil-tapping, Bridge Pickup Volume with push/pull coil-tapping, Neck Pickup Tone, Bridge Pickup Tone
  • Binding: Body Top - 1 ply (Cream), Fingerboard - 1 ply (Cream), Headstock - None
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • Frets: 22; medium-jumbo
  • Bridge: LockTone Tune-o-matic/Stopbar
  • Nut Width: 1-11/16"
  • Hardware: Gold

Strap on some '70s vibe and crank up some killer rone. Order today.

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EpiphoneLimited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 57 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (51)
  • Good feel (49)
  • Fun to play (47)
  • Good pick up (45)
  • Solid electronics (41)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (7)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (39)
  • Jamming (37)
  • Recording (33)
  • Rock concerts (22)
  • Small venues (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (41), Professional musician (13), Novice (3)

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A Long Time Coming but...

A short review of what "can" be a great guitar. First off the bad. I purchased two of these guitars about a month apart. Both guitars had a common problem. ...Read complete review

A short review of what "can" be a great guitar. First off the bad. I purchased two of these guitars about a month apart. Both guitars had a common problem. Frets that weren't seated properly. I could have sent them back but everything else about the guitars was amazing.

After having fret work completed on both guitars they play and sound great. I believe the pickups sound better than my Gibson Les Paul. Great sustain, just goes on and on.

The finish is beautiful on these guitars. Much more than what you see in the pictures on this site. My only complaint about the finish would be that one of the guitars looked as though it had been played (pick scratches), even though it was new(?).

I owned an original Genesis back in 1980. And had regretted selling it ever since. Now I have two of the new ones,
red and black. And they're much better than the original.

If you buy one make sure to check all the frets. And there is a special Epiphone Genesis case to be had, if you know where to look.

So in the end I would recommend buying this guitar. You or your luthier will probably have some work to do on it since Epiphone didn't finish the job. But it sure is one sweet guitar.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Just not for me!

I have never purchased a guitar from China, but the price was so good I figured I had little to lose. The first guitar I received had a cracked headstock and neck, just...Read complete review

I have never purchased a guitar from China, but the price was so good I figured I had little to lose. The first guitar I received had a cracked headstock and neck, just was not packed right. MF took care of that right away and sent out another; so again MF gets my biz. The next unit was in perfect shape. It was very cold around here, so I let it warm to room temp over a few days. That's when i got a close look. It def was a nice gtr for such a low price. But, unfortunately that does not work for me. I do not want to rationalize. I have always bought hi-end gtrs...heck, my 1st gtr as a teenager was a Martin! So I tend to measure all things musical on that type of metric.

The issues with this Epi were:
1. With the truss rod completely loose there was no neck relief! None...in fact it was back-bowed. I addressed this by tuning up and letting the gtr sit for a few days...that helped a bit, but it was not a good sign.
2. It would not intonate properly. For ex: The G was maxed out and still sharp at fret 12. No hope....it was not way far off, but it was off...I could hear it. Most notes were sharp above 12 and very sharp above 17.
3. The wiring was such that when the PUP selector was in the middle position, and either of the vol controls at 0 then there was no sound at all...a very old wiring approach...not what is used very often in my experience. May have been related to the hum/buzz on the pickup selector positions 1 and 3, but quiet on position 2. While I am not a fan of coil-tapping...that seemed about what it always is: noisy and thin.
4. This was a major issue: the D and G string touched the tuner posts for the A and B, respectively, on the headstock. I have never seen this before, but it was def not something I liked. This interfered with tuning and stability, and had a way bad outcome after string bends.

Other things did not thrill me.....Many screws were in cockeyed (truss cover, and the control cavity), and was not sure about the nature of the binding-seemed to be paint in some places.

So, I tried to like it, but I did not. It did sound good,the PUPs were very nice, but it had so many issues that I just was not interested in investing my time and dough to fix them. Others may find it a great gtr, but for me it was a bad fit and did not compare nicely with the few hi-end gtrs I do have. Guess I am just set in my ways here...and this review is not meant to offend anyone who likes this gtr...its just my opinion!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Flexible Rock Original

By Gnome Alone

from Chicago, IL

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Playing Electric Guitar

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

I was very pleased with both the quality of product and MF customer service.

I had been considering a purchase of a solid-body humbucker guitar with coil taps with the Gibson tone control configuration, which I find most useful. I had scoped out Les Pauls but wasn't ready to make the plunge for a more expensive guitar.

The Epiphone Genesis is a good looking guitar, the product photo doesn't do it justice. I was hesitant about the gold hardware, but it looks fine and I'm confident it will wear beautifully. The finish on guitar is top-notch, and the cutaway designs are practical. To me, the fact that this is a reissue of an obscure Epiphone model makes it preferable to a down-market Gibson copy. Although I know those are also quality products, just a smidge of brand snobbery on my part.

The guitar just needed minor tweaking for intonation but otherwise played wonderfully out of the box. The pickups are robust, and I'm finding some wonderful Creedence, Zeppelin, and Mick Taylor tones so far (all Les Paul players). The split coils, as noted by others, don't quite replicate a Fender sound but give wonderful flexibility especially in both-pickup mode. Tone controls seem more responsive than on my Gibson ES-335, as well.

This is a heavy guitar, and I find it not as lap-friendly for seated playing. You will want a broad strap, and perhaps a right-angle cable.

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5.0

You missed out!

By Stratman5762

from Austin, MN

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Beautiful
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • great price
  • Solid Electronics
  • Versatile

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

If you missed the price drop on this one, you really missed out on a true steal!
This is a great original design, based on the original Genesis of the late 70s-early 80s, with some very smart updates/imimprovements. The original had coil splitting capabilities, but using a single microswitch that split both humbuckers. The new one uses push/pull pots on the volume controls, opening up many more tonal options. The original could be VERY heavy (11.8 lbs for the one I tested!), while the new ones come in around 8 lbs.
After receiving mine, I performed by usual string change/setup/checkout. The setup was actually pretty good out of the box, and it took very little effort to get it done right. It is an excellent playing guitar, with great upper fret access. Very comfortable seated or on a strap, with NO neck dive. I've found Epiphones ProBucker pickups to be an excellent, vintage voiced pickup, nearly undistinguishable from Gibson BurstBuckers. That holds true here as well, delivering a very Les Paul-ish sound, perhaps a bit brighter than some LP's. And with the coil splitting, you get a very versatile guitar for pretty much ANY style, with the likely exception of more extreme metal tones. It is outstanding for blues and classic rock styles. The build quality is very high, and the top (maple with a flame veneer on top) is very pretty with a pronounced flame. Mine is black, but a much lighter shade than pictures seem to show, more of a gray with black striping. Some have questioned the headstock design, as the D aand G strings contact the A and B tuning v posts as they pass. I've found no real issues with that, but put a bit of Nut Sauce on those contact points just in case. Overall an excellent guitar, and a nice change of pace in its design. Great playing, great sounding, and a real head turner.

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4.0

Great deal on a Discontinued Epi Genesis

By Bicycle Joe Lo-Fi Sound and Vision

from NYC

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Finish
  • Frets
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Price
  • Set Up
  • Split Coils

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Making Music
    • Pissing Off My Neighbors

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

    Outstanding Value at MF for a brand new un-blemished Guitar bought during Presidents Weekend Sale for 2 C notes. I've had it more then a week and played every pick-up variation and tone setting with several amps and cab's. So ten Days in and the honeymoon is not over. I've had many Epiphone Guitars before this Genesis and it is the heaviest guitar I've ever gotten from them. It's a back breaker, gotta be over 10 pounds. Thats my only complaint.

    The Set-up was spot on 3/8th of an inch at the 12th fret, I imagined having to get it PLEK'ed and a pro set up, nope no need too. The frets are all dressed and smooth, no rough edges on top of the neck binding. Couldn't be better. Intonation was correct with no adjustments, kudos' to the Epiphone USA Guitar Tech # 7 who did the set up. I like a 50's neck but the 60's slim shape still feels like home because of all my other Epi electrics

    Pick-ups are really better then I expected, I usually send my Epi's to Peter Florence to install his hand wound 59 Voodoo Pups and set up the axe. I'm not sure if I will this time. What I will do is replace the wiring harness and the control cavity Potentiometers. The thin plastic coated wiring and parts do their job but I'm sure the signal path can be improved with higher quality parts. After I do that I will re evaluate the pups. The clarity and note separation is there but at some frequencies they do not sound as robust or clear.

    Having the split coils is a plus, it gives the guitar a lot more range then a stock Paul. Think P90 not tele but it can get close to tele on the bridge alone with the tone knob wide open but not really quite there. I do LOVE the tone when I have the neck pup split and rolled back on tone with the Bridge Pup on Hummer and turned down a little lower then the neck.

    Some settings when you split the coils mid song you lose signal and volume so it's not like every setting you can just pop the knob. You have to adjust volume and tone on the fly. Perhaps when I change the harness and capacitor this will be abated.

    Would I like this guitar if I payed 3, 4, 5 or even 800 Benjamin's, yeah sure I would. I just like it so much more for less then 2 C notes shipped. If I can find another at that price I will buy it.

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    5.0

    Beautiful guitar with great playability

    By DJD

    from York, PA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

    I wasn't sure what to expect with this Epiphone but I figured I would give it a try since I just had some extra cash come in and it was on sale for President's Day. I am glad I did.

    This guitar feels like and plays like a Les Paul. The setup out of the box was pretty spot on and all I needed to do was tune it and it was ready to go. The fit and finish was flawless.

    The setup I use for playing is through a Zoom G9 board into a Bugera V22. This guitar sounded great (as would most) through this configuration. What really impressed me was when I plugged straight into the amp. I got that warm, crisp Les Paul tone. I actually prefer the tone off of this to what I get from my 1990 SG Special and that surprised me.

    I love the look of the guitar. It has a beautiful finish albeit it is just a veneer. The gold hardware is a very nice accent to the guitar. I am definitely impressed by the quality job that Epiphone did on this from a visual perspective.

    In general I am not a huge Epiphone fan. If they keep making guitars like this, that could change.

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    5.0

    Above my expectations

    By jonathanaspen

    from Aspen, CO

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Excellent Set Up
    • Good Feel
    • Great Value

    Cons

    • No Hardware Options

    Best Uses

    • Playing guitar

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

    First off, if the picture is confusing you, this guitar is basically two cut away sections of a Les Paul. It is a touch smaller overall than a Les Paul, but plays surprisingly similar. Out of the box, the Genesis was set up perfectly. At first I didn't think I would use the coil splitting very much, but I am finding lots of unique tones when setting the selector switch in the joint position and combining a coil split with a humbucker. Very cool. My biggest complaint is there was no option with silver hardware. I like to play guitars. I don't like cleaning them constantly so my tuners don't look like an old set of strings. Overall, if you want a guitar you can afford, enjoy Les Paul style sound, and prefer something that isn't a total cliche, this axe should chop for you.

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    5.0

    Glad I picked this up

    By AX40

    from Islip, NY

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great Value And Sound
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Needed A Setup But No Big
    • None

    Best Uses

    • A Great All Around Guitar
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

    Nice finish awesome sound and feel

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great guitar for a great price!

    By Holmy59

    from Texas

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

    I bought the Genesis because of the great price and the ability to split the humbucking pickups and get a single coil sound. Since receiving it, I have yet to pick up my Les Paul as the Genesis compares very favorably to it. I can't find a single flaw on it and it played great right out of the box, although I eventually lowered the strings a bit. The single coil tones are good but the humbuckers are so sweet I end up using them most of the time. I would be satisfied if I had paid three times what it cost. It's also cool that not everybody out there is playing one.

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    5.0

    Good deal!

    By Rob

    from Alma, MI

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

        Very solid guitar for what I paid. I think it sounds comparable to a Gibson electric, however that is obviously a personal call. I had issues with cosmetic flaws, but musicians friend was very good about allowing me to return. So other than a bit of inconvenience, I ended up with a very nice guitar at a low price.

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        5.0

        Great Les Paul Alternative

        By John P

        from NJ

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Awesome Tone
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Great Neck
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Bridge Wire Buzz
        • Huge Headstock
        • Needed Setup

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

        Got this the other day . Was looking at the Genesis for a while but the looks didnt do it for me. When it hit a rock bottom MF price I went for it. Upon arrivalthe ebony finish was great. Strings were high but intonatation was spot on. Wasnt immeditely impressed with Probucker pickups. Lowered strings and raised bridge pickup to 3 mm below strings. WOW!!! Classic tone great playability. With a mahogany body the tone is great- weight is substantial but not an anchor. The slim taper neck is awesome- better than typical Gibson but not too thin front to back. Looks are subjective and this isnt the sexiest guitar. Neck looks too long, headstock is huge and cutaways are too stubby. However for the price the playability and tone are incredible. This is a great Les Paul alternative . Coil tapping is a bit of a gimmick but adds tonal choices and is unheard at the price I paid.

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        5.0

        Beautiful guitar and a great value

        By Joel

        from Happy Valley, Oregon

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Beautiful
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Great feel
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Learning
          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar:

          I ordered this guitar in Midnight Ebony and it was beautiful. The pictures don't do it justice. Everything about this guitar (fit, feel, finish, hardware etc) makes it seem like a much more expensive guitar. I've only played a little, but have had several guitars including an EPI Les Paul Standard. This guitar beats anything I've ever seen or played. Though it is similar in many ways to the LP Standard, it is a far superior guitar for less money. If you were lucky enough to get one of these at the huge discounts Musicians Friend offered recently, you may have gotten the best guitar deal of your life.
          I found no problems or issue with the guitar except a little fret buzz on one string. Once I adjusted the action the problem went away.

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