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Epiphone Tribute Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar  

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    Honoring a guitar great and a great guitar.

    The Epiphone Tribute Les Paul Standard Tribute honors Epiphone's history and association with Les Paul that dates back to the days when Les—working at the Epiphone factory on 14th St. in New York—created the world's first solidbody electric guitar. Over the years, Les continued to work closely with Epiphone by reviewing new product ideas and offering suggestions. The Epiphone "Tribute" Les Paul Standard honors that relationship by combining "as good as it gets" performance and features with venerable Epiphone quality and value.

    Solid woods, set-neck construction
    At the heart of the Les Paul Tribute is construction that features a solid mahogany back with a solid, carved hard maple cap to create the ultimate combination of warmth and bite. Everyone knows that set-neck guitars provide the best rock tone and sustain and the Tributes Les Paul takes that to the next level featuring the original "deep set" neck joint. The solid mahogany neck with hand-fitted, glued-in joint extends well into the neck pickup cavity creating maximum neck-to-body contact and acting almost like one continuous piece of wood. Combined with the mahogany/maple body, the result is a tribute to Les' timeless guitar design with the sound that you can only get from a Les Paul.

    Your choice of neck profiles
    Depending upon your taste, you have the choice of either a traditional "1960s" SlimTaper™ neck profile or an Asymmetrical neck profile. The "1960's" SlimTaper is a comfortable "D" shaped neck that was used and made famous on many 1960s era, Kalamazoo-made guitars from Gibson and Epiphone. The newer Asymmetrical neck has multiple radiuses and combines a more rounded "D" shape on the bass side of the neck with a flatter "C" shape on the treble side. This leads to a very comfortable neck that more ergonomically contours to fit the hand of most players. Both profiles are available on the Tribute and the choice is yours!

    Vintage humbucker sound
    Quality construction, premium woods and neck profile choices are only part of the equation. Capturing all the power and nuances of the "Tribute" is a pair of authentic Gibson USA '57 Classic humbucking pickups. With its "Patent Applied For" decal on the base plate, the '57 Classic and '57 Classic Plus are faithful replicas of the famous Gibson humbuckers that helped define the music of the late 1950s. The '57 Classic gives you a tone that is warm and subtle with full, even response that doesn't hold back when you need that storied Gibson humbucker crunch! The '57 Classic Plus is the perfect bridge pickup and mimics humbuckers of that era that received a few extra turns of wire. This treatment gives the pickup slightly higher output without sacrificing its rich, vintage tone. In combination, this pair of humbuckers overdrives tube preamps to a smooth level of saturation without becoming overpowering. Both '57s feature Gibson's special Alnico II magnet, vintage enamel coated wire, nickel plated pole pieces, nickel slugs, maple spacers and vintage-style, braided wiring.

    Series/parallel switching
    This guitar is not just about recreating the "old", it's also about looking ahead—just as Les himself continued to do throughout his lifetime. Using 4-conductor pickup wiring, Epiphone has added two push/pull tone pots to allow for series/parallel pickup switching. The result is a Les Paul with all the standard sounds plus a huge palette of tonal possibilities at your fingertips.

    Loaded with premium add-ons
    Other upgrades include a U.S. Switchcraft™ 3-way toggle, Mallory-150 tone capacitors, Epiphone StrapLocks, LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece for more sustain and easier string changing, 16:1 ratio premium Grover™ locking tuners and a premium hard case. Like every Epiphone, it features their Limited Lifetime warranty backed by world famous 24/7/365 day Gibson Customer Service.

    Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

    Features

    • Mahogany body
    • Carved hard maple top
    • Mahogany neck
    • Neck options: 1960s SlimTaper (D profile) or Asymmetrical (combination D-profile bass side and C-profile treble side
    • Vintage "Deep-Set" glued-in neck joint
    • Adjustable truss rod
    • 24.75" scale
    • Rosewood fingerboard with mother-of-pearl trapezoid inlays
    • Gibson USA '57 Classic neck humbucker (4-wire)
    • Gibson USA '57 Classic Plus bridge humbucker (4-wire)
    • Switchcraft 3-way pickup selector, Neck Pickup Volume, Bridge Pickup Volume, Neck Pickup Tone (push/pull - series/parallel), Bridge Pickup Tone (push/pull - series/parallel)
    • Mallory 150 capacitors
    • Fingerboard 1-ply binding (cream)
    • 14" fingerboard radius
    • 22 medium-jumbo frets
    • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge/stopbar tailpiece for more sustain and easier string changing
    • 1-11/16" nut width
    • Nickel machine heads Grover locking tuners
    • Straplocks
    • Epiphone lifetime warranty

    Order this terrific value Les Paul with hot '57 Classic humbuckers and your choice of neck profile.

     
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    EpiphoneTribute Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar
     
    4.7

    (based on 26 reviews)

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    Epiphone Tribute Les Paul

    I bought this beautiful Les Paul a few weeks ago and I've been spending a lot of quality time with it. It features a thick, solid mahogany body, mahogany neck and a maple...Read complete review

    I bought this beautiful Les Paul a few weeks ago and I've been spending a lot of quality time with it. It features a thick, solid mahogany body, mahogany neck and a maple top, deep set-in neck, which provide thick, warm, fat, snarling les paul tone. The fretboard is rosewood. The neck profile is fat and rounded, comfortable and very player friendly, (which I prefer over thin flat necks). The frets I believe, are medium sized, which is very nice, because huge jumbo frets tend to act like speed bumps and only get in the way. The pearl-trapezoid inlays look very nice on this guitar. The pickups are Gibson custom pick ups, and seem to have a very balanced, thick sound. I play blues, rock, metal, and I have no problems achieving the tones I desire for any style. If brutal, bone crushing, rip your face of distortion is your thing, you may want to look elsewhere...but let's face it...if you need that much distortion to play guitar, chances are you can't play well anyway. The push-pull coil tapping is really cool, and expands your tonal range, which is especially nice for clean sounds. The finish "heritage cherry burst" is beautiful. I saw it hanging up on the wall and instantly wanted to play it. The guitar comes with a hardshell case. For 800 bucks, you can't go wrong. This guitar is a looker, a player, and a screamer. I highly recommend it to anyone searching for a great les paul, but lacks thousands of dollars to buy a real gibson. Just because the headstock says Epiphone, doesn't make it a budget guitar. You won't be disapointed.

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    8D

    I say stop reading this review and buy one before they discontinue this guitar or jack up the price haha. I read many reviews before I decided to make the purchase since GC didn't...Read complete review

    I say stop reading this review and buy one before they discontinue this guitar or jack up the price haha. I read many reviews before I decided to make the purchase since GC didn't have this guitar in stock. I'm glad I decided to take the chance and run with all the positive reviews I've found. I remember reading a review that said, "I've been late everywhere I go because I can't seem to put this guitar down". I remember thinking how ridiculously-exagerrated this wise person sounded. Now I understand why he was late
    I must add a .5 to the 9 I gave. The features on this Epi LP are fantastic!! The Gibson '57s sound like they should! You can dish out some real epic rock tones with these pups. Anything from glassy cleans to face-melting distortion, it handles well. The sustain is incredible. The 60's neck is unbelievable; thin and slick (one of the thinnest LP necks I've ever played) almost doesn't feel like an LP neck but it is. The tuning pegs do their job but I think this guitar would look much much better with the vintage/tulip style tuners. Epi's have a thing with their finishes that are uncomparable to Gibsons so I don't expect too much that. I only wished they had more to choose from say, an aged vintage burst
    Gotta say, Epiphone really out did themselves here!! I've yet to play the 50th anniversary 1960 tribute model but judging from this 1960 tribute, this is the closest thing you can get to Gibson quality!! I've played Epi LP Standards, Classics, Zakk Wylde, and a few others and wow, this one really stands out. It just feels right from the time you pick it up to the time you put it down. When I get a new guitar, after awhile the action begins to change and things start to get boring which leads me to modding. With this guitar, I don't want to change A thing! Maybe, just MAYBE, change the tuning pegs to the vintage style ones for looks but I'm even hestitant that might mess up the awesome quality Epiphone has performed on this guitar
    You usually get what you pay for. With this, you get much more than what you pay for!! Extremely nice HSC too

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    5.0

    Epiphone Les Paul 1960 Tribute

    By Cameron Francis

    from Australia

    Comments about Epiphone Tribute Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar:

    Its great , throw a nut and some quality straplocks and a pro setup and you have a fantastic guitar , ive had a few high end expensive guitars and i have zero real complaints about this model .. like i say spend the money on it and it outplay and sound better than quite a few big names out there.
    Whats not to like ? very little , i only took a point off for the PVC nut and the Epiphone straplocks are ok and these are both very cheap items to upgrade, though the Gibson Pickups 4 wire at that, alpha pots , with coil taps and mallory caps with a switchcraft 3 way ...Grover locking tuners thats excellent at this price point ,well unbeatable really . add the hardcase and its a no brainer ...the best value Epi Les Paul ever imo.
    Quality is very good all round , no complaints here ,certainly not at this price point , this is about my ninth Epi Les Paul and probably 20th guitar and i love it ...
    see above regarding features , the price i got this as a "gently used" from Musicians Friend and its basically mint , well of course im really stoked with it. Doubt theres a better guitar for the dollars.

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    1.0

    8D

    By Shu Lor

    from NC

    Comments about Epiphone Tribute Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar:

    I say stop reading this review and buy one before they discontinue this guitar or jack up the price haha. I read many reviews before I decided to make the purchase since GC didn't have this guitar in stock. I'm glad I decided to take the chance and run with all the positive reviews I've found. I remember reading a review that said, "I've been late everywhere I go because I can't seem to put this guitar down". I remember thinking how ridiculously-exagerrated this wise person sounded. Now I understand why he was late
    I must add a .5 to the 9 I gave. The features on this Epi LP are fantastic!! The Gibson '57s sound like they should! You can dish out some real epic rock tones with these pups. Anything from glassy cleans to face-melting distortion, it handles well. The sustain is incredible. The 60's neck is unbelievable; thin and slick (one of the thinnest LP necks I've ever played) almost doesn't feel like an LP neck but it is. The tuning pegs do their job but I think this guitar would look much much better with the vintage/tulip style tuners. Epi's have a thing with their finishes that are uncomparable to Gibsons so I don't expect too much that. I only wished they had more to choose from say, an aged vintage burst
    Gotta say, Epiphone really out did themselves here!! I've yet to play the 50th anniversary 1960 tribute model but judging from this 1960 tribute, this is the closest thing you can get to Gibson quality!! I've played Epi LP Standards, Classics, Zakk Wylde, and a few others and wow, this one really stands out. It just feels right from the time you pick it up to the time you put it down. When I get a new guitar, after awhile the action begins to change and things start to get boring which leads me to modding. With this guitar, I don't want to change A thing! Maybe, just MAYBE, change the tuning pegs to the vintage style ones for looks but I'm even hestitant that might mess up the awesome quality Epiphone has performed on this guitar
    You usually get what you pay for. With this, you get much more than what you pay for!! Extremely nice HSC too

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    1.0

    Sweet guitar

    Comments about Epiphone Tribute Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar:

    There are a couple finish details that I believe are from the factory. They're very minor: neck binding has slight "bumpy feel", and in one place there is not a clear line between fretboard and binding.

    The main complaint I have with this guitar, and from talking to a Gibson rep, it's an issue with all the Chinese mades... They dye the fretboard. So the first couple weeks, every time I played it my hands turned black. Not the typical bit from steel strings. Very gross. Finally I scrubbed it hard with mineral spirits, then oiled it lightly. No more black. And the natural rosewood color is beautiful, not that single shade of nearly black out of the box. I wish they wouldn't do this, but after a good scrub, it's no longer an issue.

    On to the good stuff.

    The pickups sound very good. I don't use the coil split much because I have a hot-wound Strat for that, but this neck humbucker is very full and throaty without being muddy. So far I've used Dean Markley Blue Steel strings, and they seem brighter to me than my typical D'Addarios or Ernie Balls. I like the way they sound on this guitar.

    The set up out of the box was fantastic. Funny, several friends of mine have seen it and go "oooh, cherry sunburst". Then they pick it up and immediately say "wow, great set up". Every time.

    The Grover locking tuners are so sweet. They have such a good feel. I can easily dial in by the cent without overshooting. And they stay in tune quite well.

    The asym neck profile was a must-have for me. I like the thumb over grip, and with my large hands I get cramps with skinny necks. This fills the heel of the hand, while easing to let the fingers come around. I'm not a fan of the glossy neck, but am getting used to it.

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    5.0

    This IS a Les Paul!

    By vintoni-gMQWh

    from Austin, TX

    Comments about Epiphone Tribute Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar:

    Had this for 4 months. Had a luthier replace the nut, tweak the neck, maximized the action, set the intonation. Amazing guitar! Plays like air thru my Marshall boutique and Frontman with pedals.Super value, 3 piece solid construction, '57 Humbuckers, good switches, coil separation. Like this better than my "go to" American Strat HSS Deluxe, and I never thought that would happen!

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    5.0

    epiphone les paul tribute

    By Player for 30+ yrs

    from central PA

    Comments about Epiphone Tribute Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar:

    I have been playing the tribute Les Paul for about 2 mo now, great guitar, the asymmetrical neck is very comfortable, electronics are top of the line, Gibson humbuckers sound great. I ordered the cherry burst finish and was pleased with the finish. the Chinese shop is making some good guitars but still have problems with quality control, there were minor finishing marks on a couple of areas, (small scratch on the fingerboard, small dents on the fingerboard binding,) but not really enough for me to return the guitar, overall, a great playing Les Paul, looks great, sounds even better, coil tapping feature is very good. locking Grover's keep you in tune, for the bucks you cant go wrong.

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    5.0

    Second review...

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Epiphone Tribute Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar:

    Had mine for two weeks and the volume pot went out. It's a very good guitar when it was working. The sound was amazing and had a good heavy LP feel to it. The knobs were a bit off kilter, but I wasn't really concerned about that. I was happy overall with the instrument itself.

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    5.0

    NICE

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Epiphone Tribute Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar:

    I plugged this into a Fender amp and it blew me away...not because of the volume, but because of the sound that issued from the strings. It made any sound I wished whether it be Queen, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin etcjust wish it was cheaper and came in more finishes

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    4.0

    Good But Not Great

    By Guitarguy15-.dUdI

    from Cleveland Ohio

    Comments about Epiphone Tribute Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar:

    sounds pretty good action needs to be adjusted. it doesnt stay in tune that great but is an overall good guitar beautiful finish good electronics and coil tapping is a nice feature good bargin.

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    5.0

    Get one while you still can!

    Comments about Epiphone Tribute Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar:

    Absolutely fabulous guitar. The 60's neck, 57 pickups and all the appointments - nickel hardware, locking tuners - at this price point made it irresistable, and the reality is better than I dreamed! I keep trying to convince myself that my Gibson 61 SG reissue must sound better, but I'm not winning!I'd be interested to hear how Anonymous'(below) issue with the "short" truss rod works out - I think it's just how it's designed. Mine ends short of the nut too, but it works fine and the neck and playability couldn't be better.As far as I can see, this thing is 90+% the quality, sound and playability of the equivalent Gibson (it does have a urethane finish rather than nitro, the mahogany part of the body is 3 pieces rather than one and the heel of the neck appears to be a seperate piece) at maybe a quarter of the price. Grab one now before Gibson realizes it's probably undermining their name brand product! No buyers remorse on this one!

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    5.0

    Sum of its Parts

    By nortonclybourn

    from flyover, USA

    Comments about Epiphone Tribute Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar:

    This is a nice, solid, well-finished Epiphone LP. It will really be killer when I swap out the pickups.I'm kidding, of course. The Gibson 57 humbuckers were the irresistible pull that made me buy yet another guitar at a ridiculously low price. The pups, the tuners, the case, the coil tapping...if you added up just the extras it would be almost the cost of the guitar. Binding and frets are perfect. Could have used a bone nut is the only cavil. The neck--I got the 60's--is a pleasure. Wide string spacing good for jazz chords. I got this cheap because of MF's eye for alleged "scratches" - looks great to me. Maybe not to a collector, but they would want a Gibson, anyway. But if you care about sound, this is the deal. The pickups are as good as the legends say they are, clean or dirty...sustained notes slowly decay in a beautiful murmuring whir. Roll back the tone and you get not muffled notes but lovely variations on the sounds. Coil taps are more useful than you'd think on a LP, especially when combined with a humbucker. This deal is positively insane. Even my wife didn't think I was nuts for buying this as my 7th or 8th guitar, or maybe she just saw the look on my face and didn't want to argue. You'll want it too.

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