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Gorgeous Les Paul looks matched with professional guitar appointments.

Epiphone's history and association with Les Paul dates way back to the days when Les, working at the Epiphone factory on 14th St. in New York, created the world's first electric guitar. Over the years, Les continued to work closely with Epiphone by reviewing new product ideas and offering suggestions. The Epiphone Les Paul Quilt Top PRO electric guitar combines the best of Les Paul's original design with new features that set this Epiphone guitar apart. Case sold separately.

Professional Electronics
The Les Paul Quilt Top PRO uses Epiphone's 4-wire, nickel/silver base humbuckers with newly tooled, USA-style bobbins. In the neck position is Epiphone's chrome-covered ProBucker 2 with warm, thick vintage tone. It's uniquely paired with a chrome-covered ProBucker 3 humbucker, an inspired by version of Gibson's BurstBucker 3, that features unevenly wound coils and Alnico-II magnets that replicate that "Patent Applied for" airy tone. To top it all off, both volume controls feature push/pull potentiometers allowing you to coil-split each pickup for single-coil sounds. Combined with the 3-way toggle, you get 6 unique sounds from one great Les Paul guitar.

Premium tone woods
The Epiphone Les Paul Quilt Top PRO guitar has a solid mahogany back with a stunning, carved quilted top. Its solid mahogany neck is hand-fitted and glued into the body for excellent neck-to-body contact and resonates almost like one continuous piece of wood.

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Other features on the Epiphone Les Paul included quality Grover tuners, a traditional cream-colored pickguard, and LockTone tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany body
  • Carved quilted maple top
  • 24.75" Scale set-in mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 22 Medium jumbo frets
  • ProBucker 2 humbucking neck pickup with coil-split
  • ProBucker 3 humbucking bridge pickup with coil-split
  • LockTone tune-o-matic bridge
  • LockTone stopbar tailpiece
  • Grover tuners
  • Trapezoid inlay
  • Case sold separately

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EpiphoneLimited Edition Les Paul Quilt Top PRO Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 25 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (23)
  • Good feel (23)
  • Good tone (21)
  • Good pick up (19)
  • Solid electronics (19)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (24)
  • Practicing (24)
  • Recording (19)
  • Rock concerts (18)
  • Small venues (18)
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    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (6)

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Pleasantly Surprised!

BACKGROUND:
I've been a guitarist for over 30yrs, been in numerous metal & rock bands, recorded professionally, forming another band, and have owned & played just about every expensive guitar...Read complete review

BACKGROUND:
I've been a guitarist for over 30yrs, been in numerous metal & rock bands, recorded professionally, forming another band, and have owned & played just about every expensive guitar out there since the early 80's.

I wanted a new LP style guitar, because I wanted something with a shorter scale length, I need that LP tone for the new band, yet, didn't WANT to spend $2500 for a new guitar.

On the other hand, I sort of had some doubts about getting an Epiphone brand. But, due to many reviews, playing some Epi's, and a few friends' suggestions, I decided to give this new model a shot. And, I can honestly say that this guitar rocks. And, I mean it. Current amp rig: Laney GH50L 50w all tube head, Marshall 1960A 4x12 cab.....(numerous pedals, but not used for this review) Didn't use any distortion pedals either, just used a good ol' fashioned high gain amp, cranked!

Upon cranking the amp, I was seriously impressed with the massive sustain on chords, pick attack response, and overall "growl" and tone. And let me just add, (for the record) the pickups do NOT need to be swapped out, unless you want to, but, not needed. This guitar is equipped with a set of really good quality pair of Pro-Buckers, that offer a very true LP tone. Coil tap capability (Both pup's), a beautiful quilt top, thin neck, quality fit & finish, good construction, Grover Tuners, decent quality pots that are very responsive, and, overall, just a real surprise of a guitar.

RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX:
From the minute I opened the box, the only thing I had to do was lower the action a tad, (because I prefer lower action). Streched the strings once again (should be done anyway), re-tuned, and got to playin'. After about 2 hours of some seriously hard playing, and getting used to playing it, I knew this was a darn good find, and a keeper. No fret buzz, no quirky electronic issues, no neck issues, did not need a truss rod adjustment, etc.....nothing but a quick adjustment of string height, some hard playing, and a big smile on my face afterwards! And NO, I don't work for Epiphone. (Your Mileage May Vary) I'm just a very happy customer, and very pleased (and surprised) with this guitar.

I started out jamming some Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Nugent, Chicago, AC-DC, Tull, Ramones, Candlebox, (as well as my own songs) It handled everything I tossed at it, and had tone to handle those styles.

I did not have any tuning issues, I did not have to add any graphite to the nut, was totally playable right out of the box. I am also impressed with the overall fretwork. No sharp edges, etc etc...and the binding is done very well!

Seriously...Don't be afraid to consider one of these guitars, just because it's an Epiphone. My opinion (for what it's worth) It's a real hidden gem, a darn good find, a good product, and seriously worth the money.

For the record, I was considering another brand of LP style guitar that cost 3 times the price, but, figured I could always send this one back to MF, if it wasn't up to par. But, didn't have to....I'm def keeping this.

This guitar will join the ranks of my Custom Shop Carvin, American Deluxe Strat, Brian Moore, two Ovations, and a Takamine Keystone acoustic....And I'm not embarrased in the slightest! This guitar has the goods to deliver any music style or genre, whether it's rock, jazz, metal, blues...it can handle it.

FINAL THOUGHTS:
Is this a true Gibby LP? No. It's made in China....But, let's face it, most guitars are made overseas, and nobody complains about them....this is no different.

Now, keep in mind, there is a slight chance you may have to have it set up professionally, out of the box. Just the nature of buying a guiar thru the mail....I did not have to, but, I do all my own work anyway, so, no biggie.

If I was asked to rate this guitar, on a scale of 1-10, I gotta give this guitar a solid 7 simply because it's not a USA made guitar, and may or may not need some work, when you get it.. Other than that, it rocks.

So, even though it's not a $3000 - $5000 original USA Gibson Les Paul, it truly is a darn good work-horse of a guitar, that offers really good tone, nice to play, good feel, and with a tiny bit of tweaking (only if needed or wanted) is a serious guitar that has what it takes.

Epiphone really did a nice job with this guitar. So, whether you're on a budget, new player, or pro musician, I feel this guitar is certainly worth the money, and worth considering.

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Has Potential But Can Be Hit Or Miss Ax

My first order was the quilted cherry sunburst Condition Level 1 Mint. I liked it enough to keep if it were not damaged so severely. I was sad it was packed so poorly,...Read complete review

My first order was the quilted cherry sunburst Condition Level 1 Mint. I liked it enough to keep if it were not damaged so severely. I was sad it was packed so poorly, because it could have made it to my loving hands OK even if dropped if it was packed the way I ship things. However, you do not mess with a injured nut/neck on any ax, let alone any kind of LP. They're shipping me another one, so we will see. This appeared to be a lot of guitar for the money, and the Probucker pups are actually fairly hot, so I do see an need to replace them out of the box - maybe later as an upgrade like people have mentioned in other reviews here. The poly quilted finish is killer, the sunburst an eye-catcher, and the binding seems solid if not that sharply finished where it meets the paint job. The neck is smooth and fast and meaty with no sharp frets anywhere. The top of the frets seem rough or raw to the touch. The pots are the variable here - they can be uneven, high and low in their set, even sticky or sloppy. The coil split works fine, but the hats are cheap/cheesy and slippery smooth. I like the idea of chrome hats for this ax. The tuners are great, the bridge hardware OK, and toggle switch fine. I cannot wait for my next one to come in - I hope it is truly MINT this time. I would buy this ax, especially if you never had an LP and wanted to try one, because it does represent the tone and feel pretty well with one good looker, plus you can always use it as a build base and upgrade it with the mods you desire or deem more essential for that tonal quality or feel you seek.

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5.0

Great Guitar for the Price

By Kaz

from Detroit, MI

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Quilt Top PRO Electric Guitar:

    This was my first guitar ordered online, and I was a little apprehensive. Turns out there was nothing to worry about. The guitar arrived in flawless condition. Plugged it directly into my Marshall tube amp, and absolutely loved the tone of the guitar! I also like the coil splitting feature, particularly when using a clean tone. Guitar stayed in tune very nicely once the new strings were broken in.

    As other reviewers have mentioned, the guitar does not come with a case. Also, the volume and tone control knobs could use have a better look, but they are functional.

    Bottom line - It's not a Gibson Les Paul, but it doesn't cost several thousand either. In my opinion, it is a great guitar for under a grand that most will be very happy with.

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    5.0

    OMG What A Score

    By Lunk

    from Colorado Springs CO

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    Pros

    • Clean Build
    • Excellent Setup
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great Value
    • Hot Pups
    • Killer Finish
    • Nice Neck
    • Plays Like Any Standard
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • NONE

    Best Uses

    • ANY
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Rocking Your Face Off
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Quilt Top PRO Electric Guitar:

    This was my second Condition Level 1 shipped to replace one damaged in transit. I cannot say enough about this ax, I love it. Do NOT worry about the Probuckers - they are very hot and can be shaped to extremely pleasing and utterly LP tones. Mine were set nice and close to max height. I am in new guitar heaven. The setup was spot on out of the box. The guitar was almost perfectly in tune upon unboxing! The action is deliciously low for great leads, yet it still strums the rhythm without buzz. The guitar looks and sounds like an LP Standard should. The neck is regular width and gives you plenty of room for great bending all the way up and down. It has no sharp frets whatsoever, and a neat string-tight nut. The sustain is to die for, and the overall feel makes you want to keep picking it up after putting it down lol. I still think they could do a better job on the cheapish hats - I will get chrome ones for mine probably with my next order for parts or strings, but hey, this fine of an LP at this price is a total bargain - who needs to nitpick? It is unlikely this guitar ever leaves my collection, and may even find its way into my inner chamber of ax love. Buy one or lose out while they're this low - I bet they go up. Buy one yesterday or cry tomorrow dude. Now let me go back to plugging it into a tweed, AGAIN.

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    3.0

    Has Potential But Can Be Hit Or Miss Ax

    By Lunk

    from Colorado Springs CO

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    Pros

    • All Purpose Ax Can Do All Genres
    • Beautiful Finish and Coloring
    • Binding and Fret Work Well Done
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Smooth Neck
    • Good Tone
    • Nice Weight for an LP
    • No Frets Had Sharp Edges
    • Setup Good Out of Box
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Ax Had Been Dropped During Shipping
    • Frets Seem Rough on Top
    • Hats Have Cheap Look and Feel
    • Head Stock Had Damage
    • Neck Lacquer Was Cracked
    • Pots Can Vary

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Quilt Top PRO Electric Guitar:

    My first order was the quilted cherry sunburst Condition Level 1 Mint. I liked it enough to keep if it were not damaged so severely. I was sad it was packed so poorly, because it could have made it to my loving hands OK even if dropped if it was packed the way I ship things. However, you do not mess with a injured nut/neck on any ax, let alone any kind of LP. They're shipping me another one, so we will see. This appeared to be a lot of guitar for the money, and the Probucker pups are actually fairly hot, so I do see an need to replace them out of the box - maybe later as an upgrade like people have mentioned in other reviews here. The poly quilted finish is killer, the sunburst an eye-catcher, and the binding seems solid if not that sharply finished where it meets the paint job. The neck is smooth and fast and meaty with no sharp frets anywhere. The top of the frets seem rough or raw to the touch. The pots are the variable here - they can be uneven, high and low in their set, even sticky or sloppy. The coil split works fine, but the hats are cheap/cheesy and slippery smooth. I like the idea of chrome hats for this ax. The tuners are great, the bridge hardware OK, and toggle switch fine. I cannot wait for my next one to come in - I hope it is truly MINT this time. I would buy this ax, especially if you never had an LP and wanted to try one, because it does represent the tone and feel pretty well with one good looker, plus you can always use it as a build base and upgrade it with the mods you desire or deem more essential for that tonal quality or feel you seek.

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    5.0

    A Gorgeous Guitar That Truly Impresses!

    By Richard E.

    from Grand Junction, Co.

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    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Quilt Top PRO Electric Guitar:

      Had a lady walk in my shop where this model was sitting on a stand, she went over to it 2-3 times and said it was "gorgeous", had another Epiphone on a stand next to it, it was a Cherry Red ES339, she looked at it and said "that one is pretty, but this one is gorgeous", back to the quilt top again. This is a true account, and the pictures just do not bring it to life, gotta admit though, the first thing I do is remove the tacky pick guard which obscures the finish, and then remove the even more tacky plastic knobs; those I replace with metal chrome domes. With the guard gone the quilt finish opens up, and the chrome knobs accent the stop tailpiece, Well all of that is subjective sure enuff, but it does look more pricey that way, and not flashy at all!
      Now the issues of play ability and sound are on the readers mind, so in a word, the Quilt Top Pro is a great player as well as a great looker, the slim neck feels fast and smooth, the action was reasonable out of the box, and the ProBucker Pups are truly an upgrade from the older model pickups, improved response with even better tonal balance from the neck to the bridge; the coil splitting adds other use-able tones and flavors as well, nice to have those options! All in all, this EPI LP model leads the pack in its price range, well at least in our opinion. Better get yours while you can, it is a limited run and a very good one; in addition, all EPI's are seeing price increases this year. This guy was priced below the market for what you get, well it surely seems that way to us. Nuff Said!

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      4.0

      Very Good Value!

      By Jones

      from WV

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • No Case
      • Packaging

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Quilt Top PRO Electric Guitar:

      Beautiful guitar! I bought the Faded Cherry Sunburst and it really pops, such a good looking guitar. The Probuckers sound really good. Mine are very hot...I've been playing a Gibson SG Standard and this Epiphone growls just as much, if not more.

      The fit and finish are really good...not what you would get from an upper end Gibson, but exceptional for this price point. I don't think you will find a better guitar for the price. I owned a Fender Modern Player, and while it played nice, the electronics and pickups were not good, the input jack was very loose, and just seemed cheap in a way. This Epiphone feels totally different, and upon inspection, all components worked properly, and everything just feels really solid.

      The only cons I could think of would be the lack of a case, which for this price, isn't a deal breaker, and the packaging. I recently purchased a Epiphone SG and it was packed in 3 separate boxes and could have dropped from a helicopter onto my doorstep, but the Les Paul came in the guitar box, and a very beat up outer box. I was pretty worried the guitar would be damaged, but after a very thorough inspection, it had survived. Not sure if this is an Epiphone or Musician's Friend issue.

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      5.0

      third time lucky!

      By kenren10

      from Claymont, DE

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      Pros

      • Easy on the eyes
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics
      • Useful coil-tapped sounds!
      • Very good factory setup

      Cons

      • "top hat" knobs could be better
      • Factory QC can be hit or miss
      • Heavy (but you knew that, it's an LP!)

      Best Uses

      • Band gigs
      • Classic rock fantasies
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Quilt Top PRO Electric Guitar:

      This LP has the prettiest top I have held in my hands. I had two open box specials of the same model before deciding to go with an unblemished one. The first had a 1 1/2" visible crack near the headstock - I couldn't tell if it was just through the finish or into the mahogany but it made me nervous enough to return it (for another blem, LOL). The second one went right back into the box when I opened it - it had been dropped (probably in the factory, the boxes were undamaged) and had a bad set of cracks and chipped poly finish on the bottom edge of the top. I returned it for an unblemished one, and it's a keeper - great setup, sound and playability (as it was with the first one). It sounds like a Les Paul should - lots of bark and/or bite depending on the pickup settings, volume & tone control settings. The coil-tapped settings were very good - not exactly a strat or tele but something in between and quite useful - sort of like a more polite P-90 sound. I have played many guitars with a coil tap setting that sounded weak and thin but this setting will be used often. The finish is fairly heavy poly (what do you want for this price?) but well done, I can find no flaws with the finish,underlying stain,binding or hardware. It sports a fairly subtle cherry sunburst that allows the quilt to shine through. This is not the cheapest LP you can buy but there's nothing to regret either - know many folks suggest upgrading the pickups and pots (as with any mid-grade electric) but they are perfectly good - they have lots of character and can roar or chime depending on the settings. The only thing I am considering replacing is the "top hat" knobs - they work fine and look good but feel a little cheap and can be difficult to activate the pulled-up coil cut setting if your fingers are too slippery or too dry. As always, Musician's Friend was great through the whole process, you really get the idea they want you to be happy with your purchase.

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      4.0

      Would buy this product again ? Definitely yes !!

      By Phil

      from Oklahoma City, OK

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Flat Sound
      • The burstbucker pickups just do not do it for me

      Best Uses

      • It sounds great through a Marshall Amplifier !
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Quilt Top PRO Electric Guitar:

      I purchased this guitar because I already own (2) Epiphone Les Paul Standard Electric Guitars. (1 cherry sunburst and 1 gold top model, both up graded) I also own a Gibson Les Paul Classic Electric Guitar. The Factory Epiphone Guitar is a great all a round product for a beginner, and or an immediate player. For a professional, (my opinion) it lacks the extra spice in tonal quality, and pickups performance it 's big brother, the Gibson Les Paul.

      I resolved this issue by replacing the factory Burstbucker pickups with a Gibson 500T Ceramic Magnet Humbucker (15.32k ohms) on the bridge position and an Epiphone 685T Alnico IV Humbucker (11.45k ohms) on the neck position.

      I also replaced the factory pots, switch, & caps with professional CTS 500k pots and added (2) .022uf Sprague Orange Drop Caps. A little neck bow adjustment to .005" and the string action set to 3/32" and 2/32", (no string buzz) and a Switchcraft 3- way Toggle Switch.

      What a positive difference it made, the difference between a corvette and a volkswagon bug in performance.

      This inexpensive Limited Edition Epiphone Les Paul PRO Electric Guitar in now in a class with my more expensive Gibson Les Paul Classic Electric guitar. Now.it sounds as good as my other (2) UP GRADED Epiphone Les Pauls Standard Electric Guitars.

      Oh, don't forget, Epiphone Products are manufactured and owned by Gibson USA !

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      5.0

      Wonderful Instrument At A Wonderful Price!

      By John Ray Frederick

      from Lebanon, Pennsylvania

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Quilt Top PRO Electric Guitar:

        This Epiphone Les Paul is as good as any Gibson Les Paul. Plays great, sounds great. What else can you say but this was a great deal. Thank You Musician's Friend.

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        5.0

        Sunrise clouds quilt pillow top

        By Madmax

        from Detroit, MI

        About Me Novice

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Quilt Top PRO Electric Guitar:

          A solid and excellent instrument. And really gorgeous it reminds me of sunrise.

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          5.0

          Pleasantly Surprised!

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          By CP

          from Cold Spring, NY

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          Pros

          • Awesome Growl
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Nice Sustain
          • Solid Electronics
          • True Lp Tone Vibe

          Cons

          • None thus far

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Quilt Top PRO Electric Guitar:

          BACKGROUND:
          I've been a guitarist for over 30yrs, been in numerous metal & rock bands, recorded professionally, forming another band, and have owned & played just about every expensive guitar out there since the early 80's.

          I wanted a new LP style guitar, because I wanted something with a shorter scale length, I need that LP tone for the new band, yet, didn't WANT to spend $2500 for a new guitar.

          On the other hand, I sort of had some doubts about getting an Epiphone brand. But, due to many reviews, playing some Epi's, and a few friends' suggestions, I decided to give this new model a shot. And, I can honestly say that this guitar rocks. And, I mean it. Current amp rig: Laney GH50L 50w all tube head, Marshall 1960A 4x12 cab.....(numerous pedals, but not used for this review) Didn't use any distortion pedals either, just used a good ol' fashioned high gain amp, cranked!

          Upon cranking the amp, I was seriously impressed with the massive sustain on chords, pick attack response, and overall "growl" and tone. And let me just add, (for the record) the pickups do NOT need to be swapped out, unless you want to, but, not needed. This guitar is equipped with a set of really good quality pair of Pro-Buckers, that offer a very true LP tone. Coil tap capability (Both pup's), a beautiful quilt top, thin neck, quality fit & finish, good construction, Grover Tuners, decent quality pots that are very responsive, and, overall, just a real surprise of a guitar.

          RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX:
          From the minute I opened the box, the only thing I had to do was lower the action a tad, (because I prefer lower action). Streched the strings once again (should be done anyway), re-tuned, and got to playin'. After about 2 hours of some seriously hard playing, and getting used to playing it, I knew this was a darn good find, and a keeper. No fret buzz, no quirky electronic issues, no neck issues, did not need a truss rod adjustment, etc.....nothing but a quick adjustment of string height, some hard playing, and a big smile on my face afterwards! And NO, I don't work for Epiphone. (Your Mileage May Vary) I'm just a very happy customer, and very pleased (and surprised) with this guitar.

          I started out jamming some Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Nugent, Chicago, AC-DC, Tull, Ramones, Candlebox, (as well as my own songs) It handled everything I tossed at it, and had tone to handle those styles.

          I did not have any tuning issues, I did not have to add any graphite to the nut, was totally playable right out of the box. I am also impressed with the overall fretwork. No sharp edges, etc etc...and the binding is done very well!

          Seriously...Don't be afraid to consider one of these guitars, just because it's an Epiphone. My opinion (for what it's worth) It's a real hidden gem, a darn good find, a good product, and seriously worth the money.

          For the record, I was considering another brand of LP style guitar that cost 3 times the price, but, figured I could always send this one back to MF, if it wasn't up to par. But, didn't have to....I'm def keeping this.

          This guitar will join the ranks of my Custom Shop Carvin, American Deluxe Strat, Brian Moore, two Ovations, and a Takamine Keystone acoustic....And I'm not embarrased in the slightest! This guitar has the goods to deliver any music style or genre, whether it's rock, jazz, metal, blues...it can handle it.

          FINAL THOUGHTS:
          Is this a true Gibby LP? No. It's made in China....But, let's face it, most guitars are made overseas, and nobody complains about them....this is no different.

          Now, keep in mind, there is a slight chance you may have to have it set up professionally, out of the box. Just the nature of buying a guiar thru the mail....I did not have to, but, I do all my own work anyway, so, no biggie.

          If I was asked to rate this guitar, on a scale of 1-10, I gotta give this guitar a solid 7 simply because it's not a USA made guitar, and may or may not need some work, when you get it.. Other than that, it rocks.

          So, even though it's not a $3000 - $5000 original USA Gibson Les Paul, it truly is a darn good work-horse of a guitar, that offers really good tone, nice to play, good feel, and with a tiny bit of tweaking (only if needed or wanted) is a serious guitar that has what it takes.

          Epiphone really did a nice job with this guitar. So, whether you're on a budget, new player, or pro musician, I feel this guitar is certainly worth the money, and worth considering.

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