Ephiphone les paul standard

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Epiphone has a long-established brand in their own right, but are best known as the affordable, Eastern-made offshoot of the mighty Gibson, with a substantial quantity of their models directly taken from their parent company’s range.

A popular guitar amongst players making the transition from a instrument, well-known Epi Les Paul players include Noel Gallagher in early Oasis, and Frank Iero from My Chemical Romance

No more than Gibson, Epiphone has a large &#; probably larger than necessary &#; range of variants of the Les Paul. Here, in the interest of simplicity, we’ll take a look at the Standard model, to provide you with a baseline for the range.

Epiphone Les Paul Standard Outfit Electric Guitar | Guitar Center
Epiphone Les Paul Standard Outfit Electric Guitar | Guitar Center

The Epiphone Les Paul Standard comes beautifully bound with an aged gloss finish. It'll arrive ready to play and includes a nice hardshell "Lifton" style case with pink interior and tan tolex.

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Core Features and Specs of the Epiphone Les Paul

The most core of core features of any Epiphone Les Paul, is the combination of a solid mahogany body with a maple top, and a couple of humbuckers. That is the heart and soul of its parts and construction.

At the expense of explaining a little bit of semantics, pricier guitars with the mahogany body/maple top combination will have a carved maple top, maybe around an inch thick. On lower-priced instruments -such as this &#; the “maple top” is more likely to be closer to a veneer.

ConstructionSet
BodyMahogany/maple
NeckMahogany
FretboardRosewood fretboard
Frets22
PickupsAlnico Classic humbuckers

So far, so Les Paul!

This will work well for&#;

Epiphone Les Paul Standard &#;60s Electric Guitar | Guitar Center
Epiphone Les Paul Standard &#;60s Electric Guitar | Guitar Center

This Epiphone Les Paul Standard ’60s brims with vintage character and legendary rock ‘n’ roll vibe. Its resonant mahogany body is harmonically rich, and the maple top is full of clarity, punch, and snap. 

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If you’re looking at this guitar, you’re looking pretty much at rock, particularly blues-derived rock. Just think of the list of players associated with Les Paul! Clapton to Slash; Gorham and Robertson to Moore… I could use up the entire word count reeling off Les Paul players!

So yes, if that’s the ballpark you’re looking to be in, you’ve got it. Coupled with the right amp, with the right setting dialled in, you’ll get your crunchy rock and blues riffs, with enough room to widdle out licks and solos.

Does it do what it should?

Let’s be realistic: at this price, Gibson aren’t going to be letting Epiphone have the best quality, highest density mahogany. Still, the Epi weighs in at a tidy lbs. Not too shabby &#; you won’t forget it’s there or anything.

Out of the box, everything smells and shines like it should. On this Standard, everything is.. well… pretty much standard!

It’s got its humbuckers and three-way pickup selection, controlled with a volume knob and a tone knob for each of said humbuckers. The machineheads come courtesy of Grover &#; a well-respected name for the job.. Apart from that, the rest of the hardware is unbranded.

One thing that pushes the price of this Les Paul compared to other guitars aimed at intermediate players, is the use of parallelograms for the fingerboard inlays, rather than plain old dots. This is something that requires a little extra craftsmanship, and, to be fair, they look the business.

Let’s see how it all comes together.

Construction

It’s very rarely that an Epiphone is criticized for the quality of its construction.

The heel of the neck sits flush and clean with body. It’s pretty much flawless.

There are no blemishes or dings in the finish, or along the binding, anywhere in the review model. The frets are even and perfectly embedded in the rosewood fingerboard, as are the parallelogram inlays. The fingerboard doesn’t seem “as finished” as higher end models, if that makes sense?

The hardware and electronics all seem very solidly attached &#; all sitting flush with the body, and some firm poking doesn’t make anything move that shouldn’t. The Grover machineheads are sitting even and sturdy, looking confidently ready to do their job.

This model features tune o matic bridge, which Epiphone proudly declare allows adjustment without the need for tools, but honestly, I don’t know many guitarists who spend much time tinkering with such things.

For the price of this electric guitar, there’s actually very little to fault. Sure, the parts used won’t be of the same quality as more expensive models, but, if they were, well, it would be a more expensive model!

Les Paul Sound and Tones

The price tag of this instrument is a bit more than a beginners’ guitar, so it’s aimed at buyers who are prepared to go a little more for an amp to do it justice. In that respect, it’s likely that they’d also go a few dollars more for something a little better than a solid state amp, although probably not enough to go for a full valve amp.

With the likely player of this guitar in mind, the Standard was tested through a 50 watt, hybrid, 2&#;12 combo amp.

Even before plugging into the amp, a few test strums gave an indication of the thick tones that might be coming &#; if you don’t believe that you can hear guitars’ varying tones without plugging in, I absolutely invite you to give it a go.

For this review, the bass was set to four, with the middle and treble each set to six.

Running the Standard through a clean channel, that bridge humbucker gives a nice bright, but not piercing tone. If you nudge the pickup selector to the middle or neck position, and crank out a few blues licks, you’ll find yourself in a very comfortable place.

Depending on your amp, if you want to push it a little bit, cranking the volume on the amp, until it breaks just slightly, you should start to hear the beginnings of a nice, Clapton-esque blues crunch. Sweet. You might need to roll the volume off your guitar to balance it out.

Staying on that theme, moving over to the overdrive channel, with a gain of about four dialed in, and getting the volume of the guitar back up, you won’t be quite out of blues territory, but some good rock tones will definitely be in the mail.

Getting that gain up to six, and your squarely in classic, blues-based rock, and this is where the functionality of the Les Paul peaks. As a general guide: neck pickup for ballsy riffs, both pickups for a steady middle ground rhythm, and down to the bridge pickup should a solo be required.

Playability

The aesthetics and construction of this guitar are enough to inspire any to start looking at upgrading.

The fingerboard is comfortable, the tones are a perfect introduction to humbuckers, and you’ll look as cool as Slash. Any compromise on the quality of parts, hasn’t compromised the construction, and in turn the playability.

Seasoned players can be picky about parts, and how it’s just not a good old American-made Gibson, but honestly, if you want to look and feel like a rock star, Epiphone’s Les Paul Standard will do the job.

With such sturdy construction, an intermediate player won’t be afraid to get stuck in, and play this guitar to within an inch of its life. It’s ideal for providing a basis in understanding guitars equipped with humbuckers, and getting a feel for them.

ProsCons
●      Great overall instrument for the price

●      High-quality parts

●      Nothing to fault on construction

●      Ideal first guitar for those inspired to play by blues-based rock guitarists

●      There are cheaper alternatives that may do the job just as well

Alternatives

The Les Paul shape is probably one of the most inspirational (read: copied) guitar body shapes in history, so alternatives are not difficult to round up.

At NAMM , Epiphone’s parent company, Gibson, unveiled its S Series, intended to give musicians an affordable route to the revered Gibson family of guitars. It’s something they do every now and then.

Les Paul Custom Special Studio

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Gibson S Series Les Paul M2 Bright Cherry Electric | Reverb

This was designed around Gibson's standards of quality and innovation for Gibson USA's new S Series. The Gibson S Series is a whole new range of guitars all made in the US, but at a considerably lower price point than ever before. 

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From the S Series, comes the Les Paul Custom Special Studio, with the same MSRP as the Epiphone Les Paul Standard. Ultimately, it comes down to whether you want a cheap Gibson, or an expensive Epiphone. In terms of build quality, they really are neck and neck, if you’ll pardon the pun.

This is a no-frills affair, with the embellishment really just the range and brightness of the finishes. It’s very much the quintessential “slab of mahogany with a couple of humbuckers wedged in.” Check out our full custom vs standard Les Paul comparison.

PRS SE

You can’t really write about alternatives to Les Paul models without including a singlecut PRS model, because of that time Gibson sued them over the similarities. The SE range is their affordable option, and the borrows the Epiphone’s slab of mahogany with a maple veneer, albeit with a gorgeous flame.

The also comes with PRS’s inimitable birds inlays. The lower horn includes some contouring to allow for more comfortable access to the higher frets. Apart from the stylistic differences mentioned, the electronics has an identical approach to the Gibson and Epiphone Les Paul models.

ESP LTD EC

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ESP LTD EC Electric Guitar | Guitar Center

Look no further with this as it features versatile, powerful tones, reliable hardware, and tidy, attractive looks. Plus consistent high rating from the people who've purchased this.

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For something a little different, but in the same vein &#; perhaps leaning a bit more towards metal &#; the longstanding and very respectable ESP have the EC Eclipse model (link to website) from their LTD range.

This one is probably closer to the Gibson, in that the body is a slab of mahogany. What might lean it towards metal brothers and sisters are the inclusion of EMG active pickups. It has binding around the body and mahogany neck, its hardware is black, and the inlays on the fingerboard are reminiscent of a waving flag.

The Final Note

The Epiphone Les Paul Standard is such a go-to guitar for those looking to make the transition from “learner” to “player,” at least just to look at and consider.

If a guitarist is experienced enough to be considering it, they’ll be experienced enough to that you get what you pay for. No, this won’t have the finery of a Gibson Les Paul but that’s not why these guitars are made.

Epiphone Les Paul Standard Outfit Electric Guitar | Guitar Center
Epiphone Les Paul Standard Outfit Electric Guitar | Guitar Center

The Epiphone Les Paul Standard comes beautifully bound with an aged gloss finish. It'll arrive ready to play and includes a nice hardshell "Lifton" style case with pink interior and tan tolex.

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FAQs About the Epiphone Les Paul Standard

Is the Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plustop Pro different than the Gibson Les Paul?

Yes, of course. The Epiphone is owned by Gibson, so the guitars are virtually the same (same mahogany body, solid maple top, mahogany neck, and rosewood frets), however, they are manufactured in a different place. The Epiphone is manufactured mostly in China and Indonesia, whereas the Gibson is manufactured in Korea and the USA.

Does the Epiphone Les Paul come with a professional setup?

This depends on the place of purchase. Some stores including online ratailers sell already setup guitars, but it doesn&#;t necessarily mean that you will get one ready to play.

Does the Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plustop Pro come with any additional details?

No. If you buy it from a music store you might be able to make a deal with the seller to get an extra accessory for the guitar, otherwise, it does not come with a case or picks.

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Epiphone Les Paul

Solid body electric guitar

Epiphone Les Paul
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Epiphone Les Paul Standard

ManufacturerEpiphone
Period&#;present
Body typeSolid
Neck jointSet
Scale&#;in (&#;mm)
BodyNato,[1]Maple, Alder, Basswood
NeckNato
FretboardEbony, Rosewood
BridgeTune-o-Matic or Bigsby
Pickup(s)2 or 3 Alnico Classic Humbuckers
Ebony, Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Trans Black, Honeyburst, Vintage Sunburst, Transparent Amber, Transparent Blue, Worn Brown (Ltd. Ed.), Worn Cherry (Ltd. Ed.), Trans Blue (PlusTop PRO), Wine Red (PlusTop PRO), Faded Cherry Sunburst (Quilt Top PRO)

The Epiphone Les Paul is a solid body guitar line produced by Epiphone as a more modestly priced version of the famous Gibson Les Paul. Epiphone is a subsidiary of Gibson Guitar Corporation and manufactures the Les Paul model and other budget models at a lower cost in Asia.

Les Paul Standard[edit]

Very similar to a Gibson Les Paul standard, it has a solid mahogany body, mahogany neck (most models) with a rosewood fingerboard, Alnico Classic Humbuckers, Grover tuning pegs, and a Tune-o-Matic bridge. It is considered by some as the flagship model of Les Paul manufactured by Epiphone. There is a "Plain-Top" model that features a smooth maple top and a "Plus-Top" model that features a flame maple top.[2]

Les Paul Standard PlusTop and Quilt Top PRO[edit]

The Les Paul Standard PlusTop PRO is a version of the Epiphone Les Paul Standard. It has ProBucker-2 and ProBucker-3 pickups with coil-tapping, which distinguishes it from the regular Standard PlusTop. PAF humbuckers were the original humbuckers from Like the Standard PlusTop, this guitar features a flame maple veneer top. There are multiple available color finishes including Honeyburst (inspired by late '50s vintage Les Pauls), Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Trans Blue, Vintage Sunburst and Wine Red. The body is nato (with the maple veneer top), the neck is hand-set nato, with a rosewood fingerboard. The scale is ".[3] The Les Paul Standard Quilt Top PRO is identical but has a quilted top maple veneer finish and is only available in Trans Blue and Faded Cherry Sunburst colors.[4]

Les Paul Custom[edit]

The Les Paul Custom features multiple bindings around the back and top of the body and has a bound headstock with a split-diamond inlay. Unlike the Epiphone Les Paul Standard, the Custom model features a nato back and top, the available color variants were alpine white, black beauty and vintage sunburst just to name a few. The split-diamond inlay on the headstock and the block inlays on the fretboard are slightly smaller than on the comparable Gibson model.[5]

Epiphone discontinued the Les Paul Custom Plus line, which was a normal Les Paul Custom but with a flame maple top and either a Vintage Sunburst or a Cherry Sunburst finish. The "Inspired By Gibson" version features an ebony fretboard and CTS electronics. This makes it more in line with the Gibson variant.

Les Paul Custom 3 Plus[edit]

This model was one of the Limited Edition releases in Each month a new model was issued. It is all black and has the Split Diamond inlay on the headstock. It has 3 uncovered black humbuckers, black Tune-o-Matic bridge and Stop-bar tailpiece. The pickup selector switch is black and the 4 tone / volume knobs are black with white numerals. The binding is off-white. It has a "trans-flame" Maple veneer top. It has black Grover tuners and white block inlay fret markers.

Les Paul Tommy Thayer Spaceman Signature[edit]

This guitar has a solid nato body and a plain maple veneer top. It has Gibson T Humbuckers, Grover tuners, and came with a silver hard case with a certificate of authenticity. It was modeled on the guitar Tommy Thayer used with Kiss. Retailed at around $ Released on January 1, , with a limited run of 1,

Les Paul Black Beauty 3[edit]

The Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty 3 is a copy of the Gibson Les Paul Custom with 3 humbucker pickups, in black finish with gold hardware. It is sometimes known as "the tuxedo guitar". Epiphone manufactures 2 variations, one with a traditional Tune-o-matic bridge and one with a Bigsby B6 vibrato unit.[6]

Les Paul ES[edit]

The Les Paul ES is very similar in appearance to a normal Les Paul Standard, although it has F-holes in the top. It is actually a semi-hollow bodied guitar, incorporating a solid maple centerblock to combine the small body and 'crunch' of a Les Paul with the warmth of a hollow bodied guitar. "ES" stands for Electric Spanish. The term 'ES' is used by Gibson to signify hollow and semi-hollow bodied guitars, for example Gibson ES, so it is quite appropriate for this design. It also comes as a Les Paul ES Custom. The Epiphone versions are quite rare, with only 47 currently known to exist. One can value up to $10, Gibson still manufactures and sells an ES version of their Les Paul.

Ace Frehley Signature Les Paul[edit]

The Ace Frehley Signature model Les Paul Custom made by Epiphone; from to was based on the Gibson version. This guitar came with 3 Dimarzio super distortion (DP) Humbucker Pickups, lightning bolts fingerboard inlays, with Ace's signature inlay at the 12th fret. (Although some models had 2 small lightning bolt inlays at the 12th fret in place of Ace's signature) The headstock was adorned with Ace's "Solo Album" face and a signature on the truss rod cover. Some say the body was multi-bound premium and others say the binding was "painted on" The body was nato with a Flame Maple top, rosewood fingerboard, maple neck and quality chrome-plated hardware. One oddity was that some models came with generic chrome "Tulip" style tuners and some came with Grover "Kidney Bean" style tuners. There were 3 color options: cherry sunburst, translucent black and blue-silver burst. However, the blue-silver burst was made only for the Japanese market and never released in the US. [7]

Zakk Wylde Bullseye Signature Les Paul[edit]

Is a signature model made of guitarist Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society) made by Epiphone. It comes with the signature "Bullseye" finish, an unfinished maple set neck with a rosewood fretboard, 2 EMG, Inc. passive pickups and gold hardware. There are "Camo" and "Buzzsaw" signature models too, but these have been discontinued. In the Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul Custom 'Plus' was introduced which included EMG 81 and 85 active pickups and ebony fretboard.[8]

Slash Signature Les Paul[edit]

Signature models of guitarist Slash ( Guns N' Roses and ex Velvet Revolver) made by Epiphone. The majority of these models were made in the year of There is a "Slash's Snakepit Les Paul Classic", which carries his logo, and was developed and released in There is a "Slash Les Paul Goldtop" that comes with 2 Seymour Duncan Alnico Pro-II pickups, a nato set-neck with a rosewood fretboard, a Tune-o-matic bridge, a maple top, nickel hardware and a metallic gold finish. This model was released in There is a "Slash Les Paul Standard Plus-Top" model that is very similar to his signature gold top model but this comes with a flame maple top and a tobacco sunburst finish.[9]

Goth Les Paul Studio[edit]

This model is part of the Epiphone Goth series, which are a run of guitars unique to Epiphone. This guitar comes in a satin black finish, and is a mid-range model because of its included pick guard and set-in neck. Its neck is made of nato with a rosewood fretboard consisting of 22 frets and a "XII" inlay at the 12th fret. The body is also nato with 2 Alnico classic humbuckers, a tune-o-matic bridge, and black chrome hardware.[10]

Les Paul Studio[edit]

Same as the Epiphone LP Standard, but with open alnico pickups instead of covered, dot fret markers instead of block inlays, and the body is not bound. This model is the same as the "Goth", but there is no XII fret marker, and is available in Ebony, Alpine White, Worn Brown, and Worn Cherry colors.[11]

Les Paul[edit]

The Les Paul has a bolt-on neck rather than the typical Les Paul set-neck and it also has a nato body thinner than most Les Pauls (the "top" being carved into a standard thickness body blank, as with the early '90s Gibson "The Paul II"). It comes with 2 open-coil humbucker pickups (T/R), The Les Paul is cut to the same specs as Les' original, nato neck, rosewood fretboard (with dot inlays) and a tune-o-matic bridge.[12] It also lacks the Grover Machine Heads in recent production.[12] The Epiphone LP does not have binding.

Les Paul Special II[edit]

Les Paul Special II with amp

The Les Paul Special II is manufactured by Epiphone with a retail price starting at under US$[13] It does not have Alnico classic humbucking pickups,[14] but instead has ceramic Neck Pickup Epiphone R Humbucker, Bridge Pickup Epiphone T Humbucker, one master volume knob, one tone knob, a three-way pickup selector switch and a rosewood fretboard (with plastic dot inlays). A Tune-O-Matic bridge and stop-bar tailpiece come standard. It is usually constructed of a hardwood body (variants include maple / poplar ply, agathis, okoume, basswood or mahogany plywood) and a bolt-on mahogany, okoume, or nato neck. It is most commonly finished in black, white, red, cherry sunburst and vintage sunburst colors. Company marketing literature occasionally refers to this model as Epiphone's most popular Les Paul model, in part because of both their classic design, as well as their overall simplicity. Although the design has gone largely unchanged over the years, Special IIs have been manufactured in different locations, including China most recently.[15] Unlike some older models, current Special IIs (which are priced slightly cheaper than in years past), do not bear a "Gibson" labeled truss cover, nor does name appear anywhere on the headstock. Instead the truss cover reads "Special II" in bright lettering. Special IIs comes standard with either nickel-plated chrome or black hardware.[13]

Les Paul Ultra series[edit]

The Les Paul Ultra has a nato body, and rosewood fretboard with large mother-of-pearl inlays, the Ultra's body has been hollowed out to create resonation chambers, producing a deep and rich sound, and also reducing the weight of the often heavy Les Paul body. This model also has an ergonomic notch like a Stratocaster to feel comfortable against the player's body. Finish choice is limited to faded Cherry Burst with a quilted maple top. Alnico Classic Humbuckers, Grover Machine Heads and a Tune-o-matic bridge are standard features. The Ultra is now discontinued. Based on the Ultra, the Les Paul Ultra III has several unique features, including a Chambered Nato body, a NanoMag low impedance pickup, a stereo, mono and USB output and other electronic changes to produce a unique sound. Available finishes for the Ultra III are traditional Faded Cherry Burst, Vintage Sunburst, Midnight Sapphire and Midnight Ebony.[16]

Tribute Les Paul Standard[edit]

Epiphone Les Paul Tribute, Model, in Trans Black

To celebrate the life of the late Les Paul, Epiphone released a series of premium Les Paul guitars in which were made available in Heritage Cherry Sunburst and Trans Black[17] The Tribute Les Paul standard has notable inclusions over the standard including maple capped solid mahogany body, Grover Locking Tuners, Mallory Electronics, Gibson Classic '57 and Classic '57 Plus Pickups. There are two versions known as the and the The version has a s style slim taper neck, whereas the version has an asymmetrical neck.[17]

Les Paul Standard (Limited Edition)[edit]

Les Paul Standard (Limited Edition)

Released in , again, a Les Paul that comes very close to Gibson territory with specs that are very similar to that of the / tribute guitar, with the exception of the following differences:

  • BurstBucker and Burstbucker Pro Pickups
  • No coil tapping, and therefore tophat dials for volume and tone
  • Comes in two colours, iced tea burst and heritage cherry sunburst

The Les Paul Standard also comes with a certificate of authenticity.[18]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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Best Epiphone Les Pauls 10 budget-friendly versions of Gibson’s iconic single-cut

If you’re just starting out on your guitar-playing journey, you’re probably wondering what we mean by the best Epiphone Les Pauls. How exactly do they differ from standard Les Pauls? OK, let us explain 

For many guitarists, the Gibson Les Paul is the alpha and omega of electric guitar design. Gibson’s peerless single-cut was the original aspirational guitar. It has the tone. It has the aesthetic. The thing is, even with Gibson’s Tribute Series offering a stripped-down Les Paul that costs around a grand, not all of us can afford a US-built model. That’s where Epiphone – a Gibson brand since – comes in. 

One look at the latest Epiphone catalog will tell you a few things. Firstly, that the manufacturer has an abundance of its own designs – right now, there are few more exciting brands on the market. Secondly, you might notice that it offers a cornucopia of Epiphone Les Pauls. 

Some of these are perfect for beginner electrics, priced to be someone’s first guitar. Others offer an approachable second guitar, for intermediate players who are getting serious about the instrument and want to take their playing and their sound to the next level. And it’s indicative of the energy and innovation afoot in Epiphone HQ that the manufacturer also offers models that serious players will consider on their own merits. 

We have some of those top-shelf instruments here, and they all ask the question: Why pay an extra few hundred bucks for an entry-level US Gibson when a top-line Epiphone is stacked with top-quality components and pro-quality pickups? Why, indeed. 

We’ve got 10 of the best Epiphone Les Pauls on our list, with something for everyone. We’ll link to the best deals, too. So let’s take the car off Craigslist before you do anything silly, and see if we can find you a great LP that you don’t need to sell the family silver for.

Best Epiphone Les Pauls: Guitar World’s choice

With its ProBucker pickups (which replicate the vintage Alnico II magic of the original PAF humbuckers), classic finish and tonewood cocktail of solid mahogany and maple up top, the Epiphone Les Paul Standard ’50s in Metallic Gold is a real chip off the old-school block. The neck profile is reassuringly meaty and supremely comfortable; and should you feel like bending a note and holding it, you’ll be knocked out by the sustain.

With vintage models held up as the acme of guitar design, it’s no surprise to see so many aged and relic’d finishes on the market. But how refreshing it is to witness Epiphone applying a worn finish to a beginner electric in the shape of the Epiphone Les Paul Special Vintage Edition, giving it some of the kudos and magic of a s guitar. Meanwhile, the dual-humbucker format and solid poplar body offer a convincing taste of that thick and warm LP tone that you’d expect from a guitar bearing Les Paul’s name.

Best Epiphone Les Pauls: Product guide

1. Epiphone Les Paul Standard ’50s

Setting the standard

Price: $/£ | Body: Mahogany with maple veneer | Neck: Mahogany, set, ’59 rounded medium C-profile | Scale: ”/cm | Fingerboard: Indian laurel, 12”/cm radius | Frets: 22, medium jumbo | Pickups: Two ProBucker humbuckers | Controls: Two volume, two tone, one three-way selector switch | Hardware: LockTone ABR Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, Vintage Deluxe tuners ( ratio) | Left-handed?: Yes | Finish: Metallic Gold, Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Vintage Sunburst

It’s big on sustain

Such a versatile tone machine

Great neck and high-quality build

Nice finish choices 

You’ll need a thick strap – it’s heavy 

The Epiphone Les Paul Standard ’50s is a home run for Epiphone. Built for traditionalists, it features a big ol’ neck that fills the palm, making it extremely comfortable to wield. Described by Epiphone as a “rounded medium C-profile”, the neck is glued to the body via a long neck tenon – a deeper-set neck joint that adds mass and can enhance sustain if all other things are equal. 

Well, there’s no shortage of sustain here, and in a blind test the Epiphone Les Paul Standard ’50s more than held its own. It feels like a Les Paul – a heavy one at that – and it looks the part, too. Sure, there’s Indian laurel on the 12”/cm fingerboard, but it’s a decent rosewood substitute and the trapezoid inlays are tastefully applied. The finish options are excellent, though if pushed we’d opt for the Metallic Gold. 

Furthermore, this sounds like a Les Paul. The ProBuckers are outstanding pickups. With an Alnico II magnet, these PAF-alikes are finely balanced – warm, with some width to the tone and no muddiness. There’s an exceptional level of clarity in the high end, and you lose none of it as you roll the volume back. The ’50s-style wiring loom features high-quality CTS pots, meaning both tone and volume controls do their job and taper off nicely. 

That’s one of the great things about the Les Paul’s design. With its exquisite tonewood cocktail – the low-end authority and warmth of mahogany paired with the brightness of maple – the dual-volume/dual-tone setup operates as a powerful onboard EQ, allowing you to mine the guitar for all kinds of sounds. 

You could dial in some jazz tones. Rock? Absolutely. The ProBuckers offer moderate output, but through an overdriven amplifier they’ll really sing. Add some fuzz or distortion and this guitar will do metal, too. Alternatively, the Epiphone Les Paul Standard ’50s has a voice that makes it a natural for blues. There’s artery-clogging cream at the neck, while the slightly overwound bridge pickup can put some stinging heat into your boogie-woogie shuffle – just like you can with a US-built Les Paul. 

Read the full Epiphone Les Paul Standard ’50s review 

2. Epiphone Les Paul Special Vintage Edition

A most-excellent first electric guitar for beginners

Price: $/£ | Body: Poplar | Neck: Mahogany, bolt-on | Scale: ”/cm | Fingerboard: Rosewood, 14”/cm radius | Frets: 22, medium jumbo | Pickups: R, T humbuckers | Controls: One volume, one tone, one three-way selector switch | Hardware: Tune-o-matic, premium sealed tuners ( ratio) | Left-handed?: Yes | Finish: Vintage Worn Cherry Sunburst, Vintage Worn Ebony, Worn Vintage Sunburst, Vintage Worn Cherry

Great value

Solid humbuckers make it ideal for blues and rock 

Aged finish is cool 

Bolt-on neck spoils the Les Paul illusion a little 

This is a beginner’s electric guitar and a fine one at that. No, it doesn’t quite have the tonal range of the Standard or some of the other higher-priced models here, but you will get a well-made, versatile instrument that has a very approachable ’60s slim-taper D-profile neck.

Some beginner guitars can be intimidating, but with a gently proportioned neck, a dual-humbucker setup, a scaled-down control circuit featuring volume and tone knobs, and a three-way pickup selector mounted between them, there’s a straightforward charm to the Special VE that’s hard to resist.

Also, we love the slightly aged finishes here, which make the guitar look as though it’s seen a few decades of action. It’s a nice aesthetic for a beginner guitar, and means the instrument is more likely to outlive its original purpose as a runaround to learn some chords and scales on. Upgrade the tuners (these aren’t bad but they are basic), fit a new set of pickups (though the standard ones are perfectly respectable, with plenty of crunch and no hum), and the Epiphone Les Paul Special Vintage Edition will stand you in good stead as you continue down the rabbit hole that is guitar playing and gear. Even if you don’t, this is a solid purchase and a no-brainer if you’re just starting out. 

3. Epiphone Les Paul Standard Outfit

The ultimate Epiphone for vintage enthusiasts

Price: $/£ | Body: Mahogany with AAA flame maple veneer | Neck: Mahogany, set | Scale: ”/cm | Fingerboard: Indian laurel, 12”/cm radius | Frets: 22, medium jumbo | Pickups: Two Gibson BurstBuckers | Controls: Two volume, two tone, one three-way selector switch | Hardware: LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece | Left-handed?: No | Finish: Aged Dark Burst, Aged Dark Cherry Burst (Aged Gloss)

Pro-quality spec and build

Superb value

Genuine Gibson USA pickups   

Like the ’50s model, it’s heavy 

The result of a collaboration between Epiphone and the Gibson Custom Shop, the Les Paul Standard Outfit is inspired by the Holy Grail of vintage guitars, the Les Paul Standard. And, it has to be said, it’s a very special instrument.

The first thing you might notice is the AAA flame maple on the top of the guitar. It’s not quite a thick cap like on the original models, but it’s a very handsome feature at this price, and really pops. While it’s not relic’d in any way, the aged gloss finish gives the Les Paul Standard Outfit a lived-in VOS vibe. 

Some of the best Epiphone Les Pauls make great options for modding, but the manufacturer has done the modding here. How do you improve upon this? There are a pair of Gibson USA BurstBuckers at the neck and bridge positions, with top-quality components used throughout. The control circuit for the pickups comprises Mallory polyester film caps and CTS pots. The toggle switch and output jack are made by Switchcraft and are built to last.

It might be one of the most expensive Les Pauls in the Epiphone lineup, but, as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. As we’ve come to expect from Epiphone, the fit and finish are tip-top, and you can keep it that way because the guitar comes with a hardshell case – always a sign that the maker is proud of its work.

4. Epiphone Les Paul Special

A Pequipped tone machine

Price: $/£ | Body: Mahogany | Neck: Mahogany, set | Scale: ”/cm | Fingerboard: Indian laurel, 12”/cm radius | Frets: 22, medium jumbo | Pickups: Two P Pro soapbar single-coils | Controls: Two volume, two tone (with push/pull phase switching), one three-way toggle selector switch | Hardware: Lightning Bar Wraparound | Left-handed?: No | Finish: TV Yellow

Ridiculously good value

Simple design but versatile 

Quality components

Dynamic P tones that go from sweet to gnarly  

You’d prefer the single-pickup Junior? 

Like the other guitars on this list, the Epiphone Les Paul Special is constructed in the spirit of its Gibson forebears – except here, recreating the simple pleasures of a slab of mahogany with some strings requires fewer compromises. There’s no noticeable chamfering, belly cuts or any of those fancy things. It’s just a slab of wood with two hot Ps.

Is the P the best pickup of all time? The answer is, of course, yes, but then we all go ahead and get on with our lives, ignoring that fact and obsessing about vintage-correct PAF winds instead. Well, such is the pathology of the guitar nerd. Let it be said, however, that these soapbar pickups wail, articulating just what it is that makes the P design so great. Roll the volume back and they are clean and precise, but with a little more warmth and less spike than regular single-coils. Dig in and they start to assert themselves. They’re not metal pickups but they certainly enjoy some drive, and really get going if you are so bold as to place a fuzz pedal between your guitar and amp.

OK, some players might prefer the Junior version with its solitary pickup. But for us, more is definitely more, and having two onboard makes for a very versatile Les Paul. Indeed, the Special is the darling of many a punk-rock, blues-rock, blues, jazz and indie-rock player.

5. Epiphone Les Paul Prophecy

The best Epiphone Les Paul for metal

Price: $/£ | Body: Mahogany with maple cap and AAA flamed maple veneer | Neck: Mahogany, set | Scale: ”/cm | Fingerboard: Ebony, 14”/cm radius | Frets: 24, jumbo | Pickups: Two Fishman Fluence humbuckers | Controls: Two volume (push/pull coil-split), two tone (push/pull vintage/modern), one three-way toggle selector switch | Hardware: LockTone ABR Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, Grover Locking Rotomatic tuners ( ratio) | Left-handed?: No | Finish: Olive Tiger Aged Gloss, Red Tiger Aged Gloss, Black Aged Gloss

Multi-voice pickups offer a huge range of tones

It’s a lightweight Les Paul

Asymmetric neck profile is super-shreddable 

Classy hardware and finish

Great value  

Not for purists

Case costs extra 

You can play metal on pretty much any guitar, if your will is strong. You can certainly play metal on any of the aforementioned Les Pauls. But some guitars make it easy; guitars such as the Epiphone Les Paul Prophecy. Spec’d especially for the dark arts, it’s a wholly uncompromising instrument. We’ve seen high-end Epiphones and vintage-inspired Epiphones, but this is all of the above and more. This is a high-performance Epiphone, and it’s thrilling.

It’s also very 21st century. Take the pickups. Here we have a set of active Fishman Fluence humbuckers, more commonly found on pro models from the likes of ESP and Ibanez. Bringing that multi-voiced performance to a Les Paul format, they’re powered by a 9V battery that’s secreted on the rear of the guitar, and they let you switch between contemporary high-gain voicing, where the output is hotter and the frequency response tighter; a PAF-style response with more-open dynamics, giving you a tone like the BurstBuckers found on the model; and a hum-free single-coil voicing.

There’s a subjectivity when it comes to neck profiles, but for our money that asymmetric neck profile is a real winner, finding the right balance between comfort and speed. Those who might be tempted by the superlative Flying - Prophecy over concerns that the Les Paul’s body mass made it too heavy can think again; the weight relief used on the body makes it a very different beast to heavy models such as the and the ’50s Standard.

6. Epiphone Les Paul Modern

The future of the Les Paul?

Price: $/£ | Body: Mahogany with maple top | Neck: Mahogany | Scale: ”/cm | Fingerboard: Ebony, 12”/cm radius | Frets: 22, medium jumbo | Pickups: Two ProBucker humbuckers | Controls: Two volume, two tone (with push/pull phase switching and coil-tap), one three-way toggle selector switch | Hardware: LockTone ABR Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, Grover Locking Rotomatic tuners with Tulip buttons ( ratio) | Left-handed?: No | Finish: Faded Pelham Blue, Vintage Sparkling Burgundy, Graphite Black

Sensible modern updates

Great fun to play

Lots of tones

Treble bleed circuit  

Not for purists 

Case costs extra 

The Les Paul is a heritage design, and so a certain amount of delicacy and diplomacy is required when it comes to updating the format. Modernizing the Les Paul is arguably the toughest job anyone at Gibson will have – ditto for Epiphone. 

The Epiphone Les Paul Modern, built in the image of the Gibson US model, gets the balance right. Indeed, the finish options are quite conservative; Graphite Black, Faded Pelham Blue and Sparkling Burgundy all recall the solid colours of the late ’60s when Gibson was mindful of its great rival Fender’s ever-growing color palette and revised its finish options accordingly. 

Like the Prophecy models, the Modern has an asymmetrical neck. It feels very much like a hybrid between a D and a C-profile, the flatter C-profile on the treble side helping players to negotiate busy lead guitar passages. Upper-fret access has been enhanced with a contoured heel joint.

While we have ProBucker pickups once more, the control circuit is a little more involved, incorporating a phase-switching function and a coil-tap. To play some classic rock, choose the full, natural humbucker voicing. For a soupçon of Peter Green, engage the phase-switching. Need some chime? Activate single-coil mode. There’s also a treble bleed circuit installed so that you don’t lose any high end as you roll the volume back. 

Now, if you’re thinking that this update is a little too staid, and are asking where the retina-bothering finishes are, look no further than the Epiphone Les Paul Modern Figured, named for its AAA flame maple veneer. There, you’ve got a choice of some outré color-burst finishes. Caffe Latte Fade? We’ll take one to go – hey, it’s nice to have the option. 

7. Epiphone Tommy Thayer Les Paul Outfit

A souped-up LP with a Shout It Out Loud spec

Price: $/£ | Body: Mahogany with maple top | Neck: Mahogany, set | Scale: ”/cm | Fingerboard: Indian laurel, 12”/cm radius | Frets: 22, medium jumbo | Pickups: Two JB humbuckers | Controls: Two volume, two tone, one three-way selector switch | Hardware: LockTone ABR Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, Grover Rotomatic tuners ( ratio) | Left-handed?: No | Finish: Electric Blue

A no-brainer for KISS fans

Slim-taper neck is speedy

We love Seymour Duncan JB humbuckers 

Comes with EpiLite case 

Electric Blue is not for shrinking violets 

The current Epiphone line has a number of very cool signature models – Joe Bonamassa’s ‘Black Beauty’ and Jared James Nichols’ ‘Old Glory’ spring to mind – but Tommy Thayer’s takes the cake for its exuberant Friday Night finish and a spec that’s tailor-made for rock guitar playing. 

In the Seymour Duncan JB humbucker, the KISS lead guitarist has made a judicious pickup choice. The JB is the quintessential rock-guitar pickup, a hot-rodded evolutionary leap from the more moderately powered PAF template. What this means is that Thayer’s Les Paul has the dynamics required to play the blues and rock, but more than enough power for metal, too. You will have no problem teasing pinch harmonics from that bridge humbucker, and in the right context it can be a great thrash-metal pickup – just ask Dave Mustaine. 

The ’60s slim-taper neck profile isn’t going to stand in the way of some pyrotechnic lead guitar. As for the finish, well, it’s super-cool if you can pull it off. That matching headstock with the chrome truss rod cover is a nice touch, as is the multi-ply binding – more often seen on a Les Paul Custom. The hardware is solid, too, with a set of Grover Rotomatics helping to keep things solid and allowing you to play hard. This, again, is another pro-quality electric guitar from Epiphone; one that will serve you well both onstage and in the studio.

8. Epiphone Les Paul Custom Limited Edition in Silverburst

Keep up with the Joneses

Price: $/£ | Body: Mahogany | Neck: Mahogany, set | Scale: ”/cm | Fingerboard: Ebony, 12”/cm radius | Frets: 22 | Pickups: Two ProBucker humbuckers | Controls: Two volume, two tone, one three-way selector switch | Hardware: LockTone ABR Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, Grover Rotomatic tuners ( ratio) | Left-handed?: No | Finish: Silver Burst, Alpine White, Ebony

Possibly the coolest guitar at this price

Big, warm Les Paul tones

Slim-taper neck is a joy 

Case is an optional extra

Traditionalists will prefer Alpine White or Ebony 

If the Gibson Les Paul epitomizes the aspirational guitar, then the Gibson Les Paul Custom takes this concept and runs with it, putting split-diamond inlay on the headstock, block inlay on the fretboard, multi-ply binding all over the place and gold hardware where applicable. 

Naturally, Epiphone has got in on the Custom action, offering its own dressed-up ‘awards ceremony’ LP in Alpine White and Ebony. But anyone who’s been paying attention to the Les Paul Custom over the years will tell you that the Silverburst is The One. Most famously played by Adam Jones of Tool – also Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher – the Silverburst has amassed a cult following. Although Jones has teased an official Epiphone signature Les Paul Custom on Instagram, that more-affordable version of his Gibson Custom Shop models (RRP $DreamOn) is at the prototype stage. In the meantime, this limited-edition model is as good as it gets. 

Tone-wise, it features a pair of ProBuckers and isn’t a million miles away from both the ’50s and ’60s Standards’ warmth. But it feels a little more like the latter, with whom it shares its slim-taper neck. Jones fans will love it. The ProBuckers are among the best you’ll find in an Epiphone guitar. But this is such a good guitar that if you wanted a Silverburst Custom just like Jones’s, then an upgraded bridge humbucker would enhance this considerably.

It seems strange to be recommending guitars on the grounds that you could improve them by modding them, but that’s part of the appeal here. Sure, this model is great out of the box, but if you find yourself outgrowing the tone and wanting a fresh option, a new set of pickups can relight the fire. But that’s a question for another day. From rolled fingerboard edges to the ‘60s-style Kalamazoo open-book headstock, CTS pots and black ‘Speed Knobs’, this is pretty darned aspirational, and more than enough guitar for the money.

9. Epiphone Les Paul Custom Koa

An LP in an exotic wood tux

Price: $/£ | Body: Mahogany | Neck: Mahogany with koa top | Scale: ”/cm | Fingerboard: Ebony, 12”/cm radius | Frets: 22, medium jumbo | Pickups: Two ProBucker humbuckers | Controls: Two volume, two tone, one three-way selector switch | Hardware: LockTone ABR Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, Grover Rotomatic tuners ( ratio) | Left-handed?: No | Finish: Natural (gloss)

Super-classy build, with quality hardware

Warm tones, generous sustain 

No two look the same 

Great value 

Case costs extra 

An exotic variation on the theme with a lot of spec carried over from the previous entry, the Epiphone Les Paul Custom Koa has to make this list simply because it exudes a sense of class that belies its modest price. 

Besides looking incredible, what does koa offer? Well, at this price, we’re not talking a big slab of the stuff – more a veneer – but we tend to think of this premium tonewood as sitting somewhere between Brazilian rosewood and mahogany, adding complexity to the high end whenever it’s partnered with mahogany.

As with the other Customs on the list, there are ProBuckers at the neck and bridge, along with the typical dual-volume and dual-tone control setup. All the aesthetic choices really pop with a koa top – the multi-ply binding, the ebony fingerboard and block inlay, the gold hardware… And, given how naturally figured the koa tops are, no two will look alike.

Epiphone Slash AFD Les Paul Special II Performance Pack

An all-in-one starter pack for budding rock stars

Price: $/£ | Body: Mahogany with AAA flame maple veneer | Neck: Mahogany, bolt-on | Scale: ”/cm | Fingerboard: Rosewood, 12”/cm radius | Frets: 22 | Pickups: Two open-coil Ceramic Plus humbuckers with built-in tuner | Controls: One volume, one tone, one three-way selector switch | Hardware: Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, die-cast tuners ( ratio) | Left-handed?: No | Finish: Appetite Amber | Extras: 15W Epiphone Slash Snakepit practice amp with 8”/20cm Electar G8 Classic speaker, gig bag, strap, Slash signature picks, guitar cable

Everything a beginner needs

Very cool finish for an entry-level guitar

Ideal for Slash fans  

It’s best for aspiring rockers 

The Epiphone Les Paul Special II makes for an excellent beginner’s guitar. We could make the case for its inclusion on the basis of its respectable build, its classy figured maple veneer and dark-cherry-stained body giving it the look of Slash’s legendary Appetite For Destruction guitar – which, let’s be real, wasn’t a Gibson either but a Kris Derrig replica.

This guitar also has a neat dual-humbucker setup. Those humbuckers have powerful ceramic magnets that make for aggressive, rocking tones – perfect for putting some power behind your first riffs. 

But it’s the extras that make this such a great guitar for first-timers. As well as the instrument itself, you get a 15W Slash Snakepit solid-state combo, a lead, a strap, a gig bag, plus some Slash signature picks. If you get lost after Smoke On The Water’s rhythm figure one, then you have some free eMedia online lessons to help demystify your first adventures with the guitar. 

The amp has two channels, plenty of crunch on tap, a three-band EQ for comprehensive tone-shaping, and the all-important auxiliary input for playing along to your favorite tracks. There’s also a headphones output, which your neighbors will be very pleased about. 

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A Classic, Reborn

Epiphone’s new Inspired by Gibson™ Collection proudly presents the Les Paul™ Standard 50s! This guitar lovingly recreates the feel and tone of the s era Les Pauls. Epiphone’s long friendship with Mr. Les Paul began in when Les built one of the world’s first solidbody electric guitars while working nights at the original Epiphone factory in Manhattan. Les’ first solidbody guitar, nicknamed “the Log”, would go on to inspire the Les Paul Standard, which many consider the greatest electric guitar ever made. The guitar is crafted with a mahogany body, maple cap (AAA veneer on figured tops), bound 50s shaped mahogany neck with long neck tenon, Indian laurel fingerboard with classic trapezoid inlays, Epiphone's new Vintage Deluxe tuners, a pair of critically acclaimed Epiphone ProBucker™ humbuckers™, and gold Top Hat knobs with dial pointers. Available in Metallic Gold, Vintage Sunburst, and Heritage Cherry Sunburst full-gloss finishes. This Epiphone Inspired by Gibson Original model also has the Kalamazoo headstock, rolled neck for a comfortable feel, Graph Tech® NuBone® nut, era-appropriate wiring, and CTS® pots. Optional hardshell or EpiLite™ case is available.

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Epiphone Les Paul Standard '60s Electric Guitar

Epiphone Les Paul Standard '60s Electric Guitar

Epiphone sets a new standard for the '60s. Shop now.

Features

  • Mahogany body with AA flame maple cap
  • Mahogany neck with Indian laurel fretboard
  • Probucker 2 and Probucker 3 wax-potted pickups with alnico II magnets
  • Nickel LockTone ABR bridge, Locktone stopbar tailpiece, Grover Rotomatic Kidney button tuners, Graph Tech nut

Technical Specification

Epiphone Les Paul Standard '60s Electric Guitar

  • Body
  • Body Type: Single Cutaway Solid Body
  • Top wood: AA Flame Maple Cap
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss 

Neck

  • Neck shape: '60s Slim Taper C 
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: "
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fingerboard
  • Material: Indian Laurel
  • Radius: 12"
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Trapezoid Pearloid
  • Nut width/material: in. (43 mm)

Electronics

  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: Epiphone Probucker 2
  • Bridge: Epiphone Probucker 3
  • Control layout: Individual volume Individual tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-Way

Hardware

  • Bridge type: Fixed Bridge
  • Bridge design: Individual saddle LockTone ABR
  • Tailpiece: LockTone Stopbar
  • Tuning machines: Grover Rotomatic Kidney Button 
  • Color: Nickel

Other

  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Orientation: Right handed
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EPIPHONE LES PAUL STANDARD 60's 🎸 Demo Review en Español!

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ProBucker™ humbucker Pickups

The classic "P.A.F" sound is closer than you think

Epiphone's ProBucker™ humbucker has quietly become one of the most talked about pickups in the industry. It has fooled experts, vintage purists, and even luthiers who have worked with the best vintage examples from the late 50s and early 60s. Epiphone ProBucker™ humbuckers are the real deal--made with 18% Nickel Silver unit bases and covers, the same alloy used by Gibson at the Kalamazoo factory when the humbucker was first invented. The use of Nickel Silver reduces the occurrence of eddy currents due to low conductivity and provides a more transparent and crisp output. The size and shape of the bobbins also has a great impact on tonal response. And the bobbins used on ProBucker™ pickups duplicate the size and shape of the gold standard in the industry, Gibson humbuckers. Epiphone ProBucker™ pickups also feature sand cast Alnico II magnets, high quality 4 conductor lead wire, and are vacuum wax potted to eliminate microphonics.

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