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Poor man's Gibson but still worth a look

By S2D, 09/09/2014
The Epiphone Les Paul i bought from Guitar Guitar back in 2011 was made in Epiphone land - also known as China. It has the classic Les Paul setup with 2 volume and 2 tone pots (one for each channel) along with a 3 way pickup selector switch for the Neck, Middle and Bridge positions. It comes with an ebony wood neck, 2 humbucker pickups and 22 frets.


Admittedly, the top frets can be a pain to reach, it is easier sitting down but when standing with a guitar strap that has strap locks on it it can be quite awkward so lead guitarists with small hands might be in trouble when it comes to this but then if you want to be like Slash or Jimmy Page and be a Les Paul guitar player then that is the price you will need to pay. With an Epiphone Les Paul, you are not going to get the exact same quality of tone as a Gibson, there is a reason that the price gap is so large, so anyone who tells you that you can is either - A. In denial - B. Inexperienced or C. Hasn't played both guitars. With that being said don't let it put you off, whether you are a new beginner guitarist looking for their first axe, or a more experienced player wanting to try out the Les Paul style of guitar without having to remortgage the house, then this Epiphone could be the ideal choice for you.


Traditionally, the combination of a Les Paul guitar and a Marshall Amplifier has always been a successful combination, and today that still rings true, you simply can't argue with that setup. If you are a rock guitar player then i would recommend a Marshall amplifier. I personally use a Marshall AVT150 half stack with the Epiphone Les Paul on the OD1 channel. When distorted this guitar can sound decent, the bridge pickup has a little bit of bite to it but can also sound quite muddy, especially on a clean setting. The neck pickup is warm but undefined with no real character to the sound and can get lost in the mix in a loud setting, depending on what amp you are using it is definitely suggested that you dial in a lot of treble and presence if possible to give more life to the pickups.

The pickups that come standard are the main problem with the Epiphone Les Paul as they are usually low quality and can sound 'muddy' and 'boxy' which isn't really what a great guitar should sound like especially in rock. I would seriously recommend upgrading the pickups to something like a set of good seymour duncan pickups almost straight away if you can, it will improve the sound immensely straight away and also produce more output volume which is another noticeable difference between Gibson and Epiphone Les Pauls. Another way to get round the lack of upper midrange response from the pickups is by getting a good EQ pedal such as the Boss GE-7, and boosting between 2-4khz until you notice the sound becoming clearer but not too much or else it will wander into piercing and irritating territory, also try taking some of the lower midrange out between 300-800hz as muddiness can be taken away from this area on the Les Paul and often sounds more natural than a lot of boosting. Some distortion pedals can also improve the sound better through some of their features such as the Boss DS-1 or the Metal Zone if you are looking for a more extreme/heavier and processed sound.


The best thing about this guitar are the looks and the price. As mentioned earlier, it is perfect for beginner guitar players and will suit their needs perfectly, most of my review is from an experienced guitar players point of view having used a Gibson guitar for years before purchasing the Epiphone Les Paul so don't be put off by it.

The default factory sound quality is average, although if you do have some more money to put towards it, i would recommend purchasing better pickups such as Seymour Duncans or even Gibson pickups, and also get a good pro setup done to the guitar as often the intonation on Epiphone's can be a little bit wayward which is bad especially for playing parts around the 12th fret or higher as it can sound out of tune and downright nasty.

All in all, this is the best priced and best quality for the price (in my experience) copy of a Gibson Les Paul on the market today that i am aware of, plus it looks the part as well. So whether you are dressing up as Slash for Halloween or just want the Les Paul experience, you can't go wrong with the Epiphone.

Would not have done better to keep it?

By jeangusyoung, 20/08/2014
What country has she made? (USA, Japan, Mexico, France ...) I do not know

How many frets, what kind of microphone and their configuration? : 22 frets, 2 humbuckers

What type of bridge (Floyd, Wilkinson ...)? : A stop bar with tune-o-matic

What are the settings (volume, tone, micro switch ...)? For each pickup 1 volume and 1 tone + selector

What kind of race? If I remember correctly the handle was not like a log on my current LP STANDARD


The handle is it enjoyable? : Maybe not the varnish quite slippery, but it's really quibbling

Access to acute (recent freight) is it easy? : Rather yes .....

Ergonomics is it good (in terms of shape, weight ...)? : Love:: weight it would, form level level I had dreamed since my childhood seeing Ace Frelhey

Gets it easy to sound good? ...: With a good amp of course yes.


Appropriate are your style of music? That was even hard rock and blues sometimes on other days. While it is passed on to the naughty

With what (s) amplifier (s) or effect (s) do you play? After having purchased it I had not long to find secondhand 5275reverb my marshall and soon thereafter to take me a multi-effects (KORG G3)

What kind of sound you get and with what settings ("crystalline", "bold", ....)? : It would be too long to detail

What are the sounds you prefer, you hate? : Maybe a bit too fat but when you take a LP is not to have a keen and delicate sound.


How long have you use it? I got it from 1995 to 1999

What thing do you like most and least? : She had the look that I loved and was not very heavy

Have you tried many other models before buying it? Before it I had a red P335 PRINCE, and I had to try a strat model Vantage and some others, but since my childhood I had promised myself to one day have either a guitar "a little" like the guitarist of Kiss. Besides, I had chosen to Heritage sunburst there more like:-)

How would you rate the quality / price? : Frs for 2590 was actually a good little guitar

With experience, you do again this choice? ...: This is where THE QUESTION .... when I see the pickups it has, I can not get too out what they really are worth, but I wonder now if I n 'would have been better to keep it. Not that I do not like my LP Standard because it is more close to that of which you know, but ....

I love it .... but do not buy ..

By GutsMiura, 26/02/2013
then in terms of its origin I say usa AND indonesia
bridge-type tune O'Matic
c handle
22frettes jumbo
2volumes 2tones


the handle is very nice to play it close enough fast enough so the hoops is clean and the rosewood fingerboard is equally
access to acute I would say that the series is now simply sucks compared to the series because this series prior to 2000 had at least great advantage to have been made at the hands and therefore can to find a small wooden calle between the body and the neck ... something that does not exist on today


they agree very well for almost all styles it possesses a sound aggressive enough and good enough versatility digress to say that the knobs of the new series are almost nothing due to the fact that you do not feel the difference of the masses playing up with having put out (except the version mortelement us who are just horny)
I use it frequently on a line spider III 30w and a Marshall mg100fx in to clean with a distortion pedal boss ml-2 metalcore


I bought my first scratch in this range there is a year and a half since I had a little accident with it and stay STANDBYE I buy a due and was error exists because I inherits from the new version .. result .. I handed in the old state ...
I test many les paul to make my idea and I find my happiness with this famous series americane the new series is just horrible
value for the prices going to say that it is reasonable or not set us
my series I buy us 400euros has the time and saw the violin was worth it (in full missif millieux mahogany tree) I think the new Indonesian is not terribly bad and not worth it in the 200th
In conclusion, if you really want this model to start if you can not make new ésiter for concerts and everything is a bit more "pro" look for the right corner you would like I scammed the have been

Looks like a LP, sounds like a LP, must be a LP!

By tarrtime, 13/02/2013
This Epiphone LP was made in Japan. It has a bridge and neck pick-up. These picks can be selected using the Rhythm/Treble Selector. Individual volume controls can be used to control volume of the pick-ups separately. The same is true for the Tone knobs that apply a variable low-pass filter.
The guitar uses a standard 1/4" output jack. A standard LP bridge is used such that the strings can be easily changed without having to feed them through the body of the guitar.


This guitar is pretty heavy. It is the first thing you notice when you pick it up if you are used to Strats or Teles. It can take a little bit of getting used to if you haven't played LPs very much. However, this Epiphone LP isn't even as heavy as some of the Gibson LPs that have solid wood bodies. This Epiphone LP has some composite wood which makes it a little bit lighter.
The neck is very smooth and comfortable to play. It is not to thick, but not to thin.
I have had this guitar for ~15 years. The hardware is kind of cheap, and is probably a good idea to replace. I never got around to replacing it, just because this guitar was never my main guitar. I would also recommend replacing the pickups. It is not that the pickups sound bad, but you can purchase the pickups used in the top-of-the-line LPs and put them in an Epiphone for pretty cheap. It is a good way to upgrade the sound of the guitar for a small amount of money.


This guitar is made for rock music. Put it in the treble (bridge) pick-up position and turn up the gain on your amp. The guitar has plenty of signal output to produce some very musical overdrive harmonics. Trying to do the same thing with single-coil pickups will just leave you unsatisfied.
The rhythm (bridge) pick up setting is also good for bluesy chords and lead. It cleans up nicely if you back off the volume knob, but can produce some very usable smooth sustainable lead parts.


This guitar is a satisfactory intermediate level guitar for anyone who has been playing the guitar for longer than a year and is ready to step up from the entry level $100 range. It doesn't compare with Gibson Les Paul models in either sound quality, woods/hardware, construction quality, etc. But is also doesn't compare in price, luckily. It sounds like a Les Paul. If you a guitarist that likes rock music, and like a lot of bands that play Les Pauls, then you will be happier buying this Epiphone LP than buying a comparable Fender Strat. It might not be the perfect, ideal guitar, but it is worth saving your money until you can really appreciate/justify a $4000 guitar.
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  • Manufacturer:Epiphone
  • Model:Les Paul 100
  • Series:Les Paul
  • Category:LP-Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 10/25/2011

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