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Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic PRO Electric Guitar

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The Les Paul Custom made its debut in 1954 after the initial success of the Les Paul Goldtop. Mr. Les Paul himself wanted to convey to audiences that...Click To Read More About This Product

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Dressed to kill with deluxe appointments and coil-tapping.

The Les Paul Custom made its debut in 1954 after the initial success of the Les Paul Goldtop. Mr. Les Paul himself wanted to convey to audiences that the solid body electric guitar was not a fad but a superb and challenging instrument and that his signature axe, the Les Paul, was the king of all electric solid body guitars. So, Les requested a Les Paul with a custom color finish in solid black and solid white with gold hardware that would blend well with a tuxedo.

The result was the Les Paul Custom, or the "tuxedo" Les Paul, as it became known among fans. The Les Paul Custom quickly became one of the most recognized guitars in the world and Les himself used his Les Paul Custom in concert, on his weekly television show with wife Mary Ford and on his album covers, including his famous duet with pal Chet Atkins, Chester and Lester.

Now with Gibson USA 490R and 498T open-coil pickups with the Custom's classic gold hardware, fully bound body, neck and headstock, and pearloid trapezoid inlays, you'll agree that the Epiphone Les Paul Custom PRO is "dressed to kill."

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Great Tonewoods, Classic Les Paul Sound
While all Les Pauls share common design features, the Les Paul Custom distinguished itself from the Les Paul Standard and Les Paul Goldtop with a solid mahogany body. The Les Paul Custom PRO carries on that tradition but with the added twist of a maple veneer top, which adds a subtle "bite" to the Les Paul Custom's legendary tone. Just like Les' personal Custom, the Les Paul Custom PRO has a solid mahogany neck with a 24.75" scale that's hand-fitted with a glued-in joint for optimum neck-to-body contact, which allows the Les Paul Custom PRO to resonate as one solid piece of wood. The rosewood fingerboard features pearloid block inlays and has a 12" radius, a 1.68" nut and 22 medium-jumbo frets.

The mahogany neck has a very comfortable and super fast SlimTaper "D" profile, the most-popular profile found on today's Les Pauls. The Custom PRO also features beautiful 5-ply (white/black) binding around the maple veneer top and the back along with single-ply cream binding around the body. The classic rosewood fingerboard is bound in white and the clipped dovewing headstock features 5-ply (white/black) binding along with a '50s era/Custom-style "split diamond" pearloid inlay and, of course, a vintage "Epiphone" logo in pearloid. The Kalamazoo-era bell-shaped truss rod cover features "Les Paul Custom PRO" in white silkscreen in tribute to Les' timeless design.

FEATURES
  • Top: maple veneer
  • Body: mahogany
  • Neck: mahogany
  • Neck Shape: 1960's SlimTaper; D profile
  • Neck Joint: glued-in
  • Truss Rod: adjustable
  • Scale Length: 24.75"
  • Fingerboard: ebony with pearloid trapezoid inlays
  • Neck Pickup: Gibson USA 490R; Open-Coil
  • Bridge Pickup: Gibson USA 498T; Open-Coil
  • 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 (5-ply white/black), antiqued
  • Body Back (5-ply white/black), antiqued
  • Fingerboard (1-ply white), antiqued
  • Headstock (5-ply white/black), antiqued
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • Frets: 22 medium-jumbo
  • Bridge: LockTone Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Nut Width: 1.68"
  • Hardware: gold
  • Machine Heads: Deluxe Tuners, 14:1
  • Guitar Weight: 6.5-7 lb.
  • Pickguard: Black; 3-layer, unattached included with guitar
  • Case sold separately

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EpiphoneLes Paul Custom Classic PRO Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (10)
  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Recording (7)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Rock concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I hope no one finds out about this guitar!

Got mine Monday, 5/11/15. and honestly cannot put it down. It looks FABULOUS with the ebony body, gold hardware, and especially the aged binding on the body and the headstock....Read complete review

Got mine Monday, 5/11/15. and honestly cannot put it down. It looks FABULOUS with the ebony body, gold hardware, and especially the aged binding on the body and the headstock. That's what caught my eye, the binding. Beauriful! I have a 1968 Epiphone Casino (among several others), and I love it but always wanted a guitar with humbuckers, which my Strat and my 68 LP Goldtop don't have.
This one reached out and grabbed me visually in the store, and I was unable to stop thinking about it. So I went back a few weeks later and bought it (rather, a gift from my wife.)
The only criticism I have is that it does not include a hardshell case, which you would definitely want for something this lovely. and they're not cheap, even for an Epi case.
Still, I can get that later. Overall, one of the best musical instrument purchases I've made, and I have made a LOT!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

OK

The first guitar had a bad pickup and a cracked binding that was finished over. MF did a quick return and the second one looked good but has terrible fret buzz. For the SDOD...Read complete review

The first guitar had a bad pickup and a cracked binding that was finished over. MF did a quick return and the second one looked good but has terrible fret buzz. For the SDOD price It is worth the money. But there were many high frets frets. This guitar needs more that a simple setup but for the price it is ok. I said I would recommend it but know you may need to have alot of work done to get it into top shape.

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(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I hope no one finds out about this guitar!

By Les Musick

from Brenham, TX

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Gorgeous Aged Binding
  • Looks Great Plays Great

Cons

  • No Case Included

Best Uses

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

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic PRO Electric Guitar:

Got mine Monday, 5/11/15. and honestly cannot put it down. It looks FABULOUS with the ebony body, gold hardware, and especially the aged binding on the body and the headstock. That's what caught my eye, the binding. Beauriful! I have a 1968 Epiphone Casino (among several others), and I love it but always wanted a guitar with humbuckers, which my Strat and my 68 LP Goldtop don't have.
This one reached out and grabbed me visually in the store, and I was unable to stop thinking about it. So I went back a few weeks later and bought it (rather, a gift from my wife.)
The only criticism I have is that it does not include a hardshell case, which you would definitely want for something this lovely. and they're not cheap, even for an Epi case.
Still, I can get that later. Overall, one of the best musical instrument purchases I've made, and I have made a LOT!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Name Nails It

By Arcadia Artist

from New Orleans, LA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic PRO Electric Guitar:

    Solid, beautiful, rich Gibson tone, completely setup, a complete package (no trade offs), and you didn't crash the Caddy if someone steals or knocks it off the stand during the break. This guitar will hold it's own with any guitar out there at any price. And did I mention it sounds and looks great! No loose parts, no sad little humbuckers, the finish is flawless, neck straight, intonation perfect, action perfect--I have been at this a long time, and this is the best deal I have made for any guitar at any time Gibson, PRS, Fender, etc. You need something that will hold it's own anywhere, then get it!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Les Paul

    By John Jeremy

    from San Diego, CA

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic PRO Electric Guitar:

      I agree with the other reviews that this is a great guitar. It was a tremendous value as a Stupid Deal. I have found no flaws on my guitar. The frets are finished very well. I rank it easily in the top 25% of the Epiphones I have owned. The guitar was made in China. The finish is gloss black, not vintage or satin as suggested by the pictures. The Epiphone website states that the fret board is rosewood, not ebony, and I believe that is correct. The tuners are stamped Epiphone Deluxe and appear to be Kluson clones.
      The gloss finish, vintage binding, quality construction, and Gibson pickups make this a special instrument.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Product ,needs to be treated with more respect.

      By Edward Jones

      from NY

      About Me Experienced

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • A classic custom jewel. Case should be included.
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Nice appointments deep dark mahogany sound ,yeah
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • All around great versatile sound with proper amp

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic PRO Electric Guitar:

        I purchased this guitar the same day my guitar virtuoso friend Joe Sanita purchased the same. When mine arrived it was complete and beautiful, the only issue was the push pull bridge pickup wasn't push pulling (loose or improper connection). Joe's guitar was delivered with a broken had stock. He loved this guitar so much that he actually cried . When he asked for another in exchange he was told "Sorry there aren't anymore available" . I felt so bad for him that I gave him mine. (He is a much better guitarist than me).To my good fortune I purchase an Epi Prophecy Custom with the same Gibson pick ups. A bit more money but we are both very happy. Musician's Friend is still our friend and our main stay for quality service and instruments. Their expert associate also give excellent advice for accessory purchases such as string specials and other professional instrument appointments. All around what could have been a very unpleasant experience turned out to be wonderful for all parties. EdwardM.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        OK

        By JohnM

        from Natick

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic PRO Electric Guitar:

        The first guitar had a bad pickup and a cracked binding that was finished over. MF did a quick return and the second one looked good but has terrible fret buzz. For the SDOD price It is worth the money. But there were many high frets frets. This guitar needs more that a simple setup but for the price it is ok. I said I would recommend it but know you may need to have alot of work done to get it into top shape.

         
        5.0

        Much, much better than expected

        By TonyR

        from Columbus OH

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic PRO Electric Guitar:

            Purchased this roughly 6 months ago. not sure why I never received an email reminder to review the product. so consider me a verified buyer. sadly, I've now accumulated 20 guitars. not! (-; this guitar is in my top 3. I also own an Epi LP Prophesy, which is a very nice guitar with specs somewhat similar to the Custom Classic Pro, but his LP CCP is a quantitatively better instrument. the sustain is wonderful... clean with a bit of reverb + chorus will occupy your attention for hours. as mentioned by others, the finish is gloss. pickups, electronics are top notch. I also, like others, picked this up as a SDOTD buy, but it's easily worth it's six bill baseline price as well. literally, this guitar plays, sounds and looks like a Gibson LP twice the price. maybe I was lucky and received one the better ones. my only minor complaint was that the fret board and frets required a ton of cleaning. otherwise, just an awesome axe sharing top billing with my Hagstrom Viking Custom Deluxe and my vintage Peavey T-60

             
            5.0

            Open box "MInt" condition guitar was perfect!

            By Guitar Novice

            from Lompoc, CA

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic PRO Electric Guitar:

              This is a great guitar with an awesome sound...I love it! It was an open box "Mint" condition item that looked brand new. I'm thoroughly enjoying playing this guitar. I'll keep my eye out for other great deals such as this. Thanks, Musician's Friend!

               
              4.0

              Great guitar but needs to be setup after receiving it.

              By The Howler

              from Howell, NJ

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic PRO Electric Guitar:

                Great sound combinations using the push/pull single/double coil settings.
                Solid guitar, not too heavy. The bridge was set way too high on mine when I received it...It had fret buzz because the neck had pulled back a bit.
                Fresh strings....neck straightening, bridge adjustment and an intonation was done by myself...
                Now it plays great. Please keep in mind a lot of people who are putting negative comments on here about this guitar are not able to do these setups themselves.. They want guitars to be shipped to them in perfect condition which generally doesn't happen....Temperature has a lot to do with necks pulling back or forward and I'm sure these guitars are mass produced and are pushed out the door without being properly setup..

                Again, keep in mind, you may have to do a setup for the guitar to be an everyday player.
                I play this guitar through a Blackstar amp....it sounds great and plays well and my intonation setting keeps everything in tune going all the way up playing open chords and barred chords up above the 12th fret.

                 
                3.0

                Blem Les Paul Custom Classic

                By Beau

                from South Central Texas.

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                • Fret Buzz
                • Neck was absolutely flat, no curve, fret buzz!

                Best Uses

                • Small Venues

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic PRO Electric Guitar:

                As many of you know, no two guitars off the shelf are exactly alike. These Epiphones are good for what you pay for them. This one was a blem that had been returned and I didn't want to do all the work required to make it a perfect playing guitar. I returned it for a new one which may be better. If not, a little work will probably fix it. The sound and appearance of the guitar was good and for what you pay for them, you can't go wrong.

                 
                5.0

                Good Deal

                By JohnM

                from Natick

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Custom Classic PRO Electric Guitar:

                  The guitar arrived in good condition. I purchased it on a SDOTD and it is definitely worth the price. I gave it 5 stars based on value. This my first Gibson style guitar and I like the feel of it. I usually play Fender and Ibanez. I needed to get used the closer spacing of strings and frets. But all and all a good guitar. It does need a setup. After getting the nut and saddles right, it plays great. The guitar I received was built in 2004 and I also put a new set of strings on it. It stays in tune and plays well. Don't miss understand my comments it was ok out of the box but am picky about my setup.

                  Pros: Good price, plays well, sounds good, fast delivery

                  Cons: No case, Needed a setup

                  The nut was not cut to my liking and the action was high. The strings were set too low in the nut, not too low to play just the nut had significant amount of material that needed to be removed from the top. I do my own guitar setups but if you don't you will need to have it setup by a proper luthier. (Having a new guitar setup by a pro is not unreasonable).

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