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  • Mahogany body
  • Set mahogany neck
  • SlimTaper D-profile
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Dressed to kill with antique ivory finish and gold hardware.

The Les Paul Custom made it's debut in 1954 after the initial success of the Les Paul Goldtop. Les Paul said he suggested black as the color for the guitar because it looked "classy" and went well with a tuxedo on stage. From that point on, the Les Paul Custom has often been referred to as the "tuxedo" Les Paul. And with it's gold appointments, fully bound body, neck and headstock, and mother-of-pearl inlays the Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback is "dressed to kill."

Added Vintage-Vibe
Often, the original finish over Alpine White guitars aged over time and turned the true white color to an off-white, yellow. Epiphone reproduced this look on the Custom Blackback with it's subtle Antique Ivory color giving you the look of a vintage guitar, today. Also - during the 1970's some LP Customs were painting with contrasting black backs.

Classic humbuckers
Epiphone equips the Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback with classic "open-top" humbuckers featuring authentic Alnico II magnets. Patterned after the original Gibson '57 Classics, these pickups combine Alnico-V magnets with enamel wire to give you a tone that is warm and subtle with full, even response that doesn't hold back when you need that classic humbucker crunch! The bridge pickup is slightly over-wound to give you a little more "crunch" when you need it while still maintaining great clarity and warmth. The combination is a unique, limited edition guitar that sounds great and is sure to attract the attention of both guitarists and collectors.

Tonewoods
At the heart of every Les Paul Custom is great tone woods. While all Les Pauls share common design features, the Les Paul Custom differed from the Les Paul Standard in that it's body was solid mahogany without a maple cap. Epiphone's LP Custom Blackback follows that tradition by using a solid, carved mahogany body giving it a slightly mellower tone. Like the originals, attached to the body is a solid mahogany neck with a hand-fitted, glued-in joint for optimum neck-to-body contact and acting almost like one continuous piece of wood. The neck features a very comfortable and fast SlimTaper neck profile that has become the most popular profile found on Les Pauls today. The result is a tribute to Les' timeless guitar design with the sound and feel that you can only get from a real Les Paul guitar.

Loaded with premium add-ons
Other premium features include Epiphone's LockTone Tune-O-Matic/stopbar combination for increased sustain and easy string changes, 16:1 ratio Grover machine heads, a 7-layer bound body, a 5-layer bound headstock and a comfortable single-layer bound rosewood fingerboard. And, as with every Epiphone, it features their Limited Lifetime warranty backed by world-famous 24/7/365 day Gibson Customer Service.

Features

  • Mahogany body
  • Set mahogany neck
  • SlimTaper D-profile
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • 12" radius
  • Grover tuners
  • Alnico Classic Open-Top neck humbucker
  • Alnico Classic Plus Open-Top bridge humbucker
  • 2 Volume, 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way pickup toggle
  • LockTone tune-o-matic bridge/LockTone stopbar tailpiece
  • Epiphone-exclusive non-rotating, heavy-duty output jack
  • Black knobs with metal "witch hats" inserts
  • 7-layer front and back body binding
  • Gold hardware
  • 5-layer headstock binding

So put on your tuxedo and strap on this Limited Edition Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback today. Classic tone with classic looks!

 
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EpiphoneLimited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 14 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (5)
    • Practicing (5)
    • Rock concerts (5)
    • Small venues (5)
    • Recording (4)
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      • Experienced (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Nicely constructed, great playability...

    I'd rate this instrument a solid 9 of10 due to its satisfaction factor.
    All of the expected features of a Les Paul guitar are present in this instrument. This includes the fhe playability...Read complete review

    I'd rate this instrument a solid 9 of10 due to its satisfaction factor.
    All of the expected features of a Les Paul guitar are present in this instrument. This includes the fhe playability feel and sounding quality of the electronics, It plays and sounds as good as any Les Paul that I have played over the years.
    I've been playing this guitar for nearly one month and found it to be of good quality build. Other than a minor adjustment to the intonation of the low E, no fault in the finish or functions could be found. I'm very impressed with the appearance that is certainly not shown in the web photos.
    I believe Epiphone has hit a home run with the introduction of this instrument.

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    It's made in China. The Setup and action is horrible. Volume and Tone knobs are messed up. There is a clear easy to see imperfection near the tone knob. Inspector 4 must have...Read complete review

    It's made in China. The Setup and action is horrible. Volume and Tone knobs are messed up. There is a clear easy to see imperfection near the tone knob. Inspector 4 must have been high that day to let this go out the door. Shipping back!!

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    4.0

    Excellent for the price.

    By Rebel Son Rise

    from Orono, ME

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Wobbly Volume Knob

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar:

    I love everything about this guitar except for the one wobbly witch hat volume knob. That's what you get when you go for the less expensive stuff, though.

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    4.0

    My best looking guitar.

    By MuzikMann

    from Bemidji, MN

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar:

      Ive owned this over a year now and have had plenty of time with it. I will be replacing the pickups with Parsons Street pickups from StewMac, just because the sounds don't even come close to my Epiphone traditional. Overall the fit and finnish it perfect on it.

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      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My Goodness!

      By Cannot specify

      from Boston/Providence

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar:

        Pay attention please...The guitar is as sound as any twice the price and more, guitar out there..I don't care who you are or where you've been because I've been there too!..I am a 56 year old lifelong player and tech who has owned and still own a few Gibson Les Pauls as well as other Gibson and other premium guitars!..I've toured our world from the 70's on into the early 2000's..I think I know a little bit of what I'm talking about!..Not because I'm smart, but because I've done it so long..Especially with the guitars..This is one of the best deals on the planet!..YES.Set up.YES One out of one hundred will be a bit weird..(send it back and get another one!..It won't happen twice, and MF pays for all of it!)..Listen, with all the features offered with this guitar, along with it's great playability, you just cannot go wrong..Period!..I would prefer not to have the Gold hardware as this plating does wear off rather quickly!..however, in it's defence..Just go with it'..When that happens it gives it a nice patina..Bottom line is, There is nothing to dislike about this guitar and everything to be extremely pleased about!..JUST DO IT..You will not be disappointed..and if you are, then just send it back and buy something else!..I bet you don't!

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best epi LP I've played

        By GinAndPentatonic

        from Nova Scotia, Canada

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar:

          The set-up was spot on out of the box, which is surprising because I bought it used here at Musicians friend (someone tinker'd with it... and did a good job).

          The finish was a bit rough at the cutaway (paint went too far over the binding), and the binding on the headstock had some tiny gaps (but wasn't loose, it was 'acceptable'). In other words its not finished like a 3k Les Paul. But it doesn't look "cheap" by any means. I find myself being more careful with it than I had originally planed...

          That said, the construction is SOLID; the neck is true, the body is not weight relieved, it feels solid. The pickups give out the correct sounds (but that's the only downfall with this model: unlike the prophecy LP Custom model it does not have Gibson pickups... they would have to be 57s, and those aren't cheap). It's a good enough guitar that one could just upgrade the pickups to duncans or Gibsons (its dying to have 57s) and have a pretty awesome rig. It's good enough 'as is' though.

          In terms of the wood: keep in mind that it is made of only Mahogany, as opposed to the the now popular mahogany/maple combo of modern Les Paul's. They do this on the Gibson 2013 LPJ's so I assume it's just cheaper. But it gives it a really warm sound, and not being weight relieved it's actually quite phenomenal feel and tone. I use it for Blues and Jazz and its warmer than the sun's core. Did I say this guitar was warm? Ok... one more, its like an electric blanket in the midst of a Canadian winter.

          It would be a perfect primary guitar for beginners and novices and a great secondary guitar or workhorse for musicians of any caliber. I can't say this enough, IT DOES NOT FEEL LIKE THOSE CHEAP EPI LP STUDIOS. The neck feels right, not cheap. Very impressed with it! If you grab one used you just bought the most guitar possible for the money on this site IMO.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great guitar

          By sticksandstones

          from memphis, mo

          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 Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar:

            This guitar is amazing for the money. I have played Gibson les Pauls before, but this guitar plays just as well. Its great for blues rock and any other kind of rock for that matter. I would recommend this guitar to anyone. The body is beautiful, gold hardware, classic humbuckers , etc. The only thing was my toggle switch for the pickups broke after a year and a half of use. But to me it was a non issue. I just bought a new switch and now its good as new.It was a very minor issue. I cpild not be more pleased with this amazing guitar.

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            (16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love it!

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar:

            Back in 2010 I had to sale my Gibson Les Paul Studio due to economic times. Since then I really missed having a Les Paul. I decided that I would try an Epiphone because I did not feel right spending the money on another Gibson. I love this guitar. If you can get the chance to get one of these babies, you should!!!
            This guitar has everything you would expect from a Les Paul. I usually play Blues and classic rock and this girl can do it all. The tone and volume knobs responed well and the tuners hold the tuning without any problems.
            Even though it is not a Gibson and not built in the USA, the guitar is really well built. I checked the workmanship and the paint job and it is all flawless. I had a Gibson Les Paul Studio and this guitar is a lot heavier (not hollow in the middle.) I am guessing the guitar weights around 13-15 pounds. I like the pick-ups and with them being the "classic" series, it has a nice blusey sound for me.
            I honestly feel that this guitar is better and more beautiful then my Gibson Les Paul Studio was for half the price. This guitar is is a limited Custom so it has all the beauity with the diamond headstock, and a pretty fretboard. When I went on the Gibson website, they mentioned that only 500 of these would be made.

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            (24 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Nicely constructed, great playability...

            By m fox

            from Indiana

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar:

            I'd rate this instrument a solid 9 of10 due to its satisfaction factor.
            All of the expected features of a Les Paul guitar are present in this instrument. This includes the fhe playability feel and sounding quality of the electronics, It plays and sounds as good as any Les Paul that I have played over the years.
            I've been playing this guitar for nearly one month and found it to be of good quality build. Other than a minor adjustment to the intonation of the low E, no fault in the finish or functions could be found. I'm very impressed with the appearance that is certainly not shown in the web photos.
            I believe Epiphone has hit a home run with the introduction of this instrument.

            Comment on this review

            (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A fantastic guitar. Period.

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar:

            This is a fantastic guitar. For the money, you really can't get anything better. Yes, it's Chinese. Yes, it will need a pro set-up to be more playable. In fact, it's a night and day difference. The pickups are excellent clean or overdriven, and the guitar itself is gorgeous. Don't think twice. Any guitar you get that comes in a box isn't going to be perfect. It needs to be set up to meet your specifications and your playing style.
            Features? A standard Les Paul Custom with some extras. Everything you've come to expect.
            Yes, the build of the guitar is Chinese. Just because it's not an American made guitar doesn't make it a bad guitar. In fact, I prefer it over several Gibsons I have played through the years.
            Vs. the MSRP? It's a steal.

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            (8 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar:

            Beautiful not perfect.Feels solid.Needed set up for action and intonation as it was WAY off out of the box..Plays well after being set up to my specs.Does it "sound like a Gibson" no ... well at least not mine.What it does sound is good. Some tweaking of EQ through a quality tube amp and she is very pleasing to the ear and fairly versitile as well.Cannot speak to longevity as of yet.Thus far very pleased.Nice servicible case as well.

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            (12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good for the money

            By Ryan Minton

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar:

            Great for the money!
            I have been playing now for twelve years and not professional but hopeful. I first ordered this guitar two weeks ago and it was shipped to me in a timely manner. When I opened it up I noticed around the binding the white top was a little peeled up, but the guitar sounded and felt amazing. I contemplated just keeping the guitar because it sounded so amazing but decided that since I paid this much for it I at least wanted one that looked like the guitar should look. I traded that one in for a new one no problem. I got the new one today and opened it up and it looked a lot better than the first one but still the white finish on the top is a little rough around the binding but only noticeable when looked at very closely. These guitars though sound and play just as good as any Gibson les paul studio or Gibson SG standard I have played and for half the money this Epiphone les paul is well worth it. I have played PRS, Gibsons, Fenders, ESPs, and many other guitars and believe me when I tell you this guitar can and will hang with any of them. Some many say,"Not American guitars though." And I say "Yes, even American made guitars it can hang with." The other guitar I own right now is a 1998 Fender American deluxe telecaster and I might put the Epiphone Les Paul Blackback as my main guitar.

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