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Old 10-20-2012, 09:26 AM   #1
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Question General consensus on low-end Epiphones?

I'm thinking about selling my BC Rich Warlock because I'm not a fan of it and buying an Epiphone or two with the money I get for it. I can't help wondering about the prices of the cheaper ones compared to quality, however.

What's the general strain of thought about Epiphone guitars, the low-end models in particular? I'm thinking of perhaps getting a Les Paul Junior (one with a humbucker rather than a P-90) and a Goth Les Paul or an Explorer GT, what do people think of them? Thanks!

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Old 10-20-2012, 09:30 AM   #2
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As with all guitars, the low end Epiphones are cheap for a reason - they are not as good as the more expensive models.

If you can afford two cheaper Epiphones, you would be far better off simply buying one better model.

Epiphone may not even be the best choice - what is your budget, location, style etc?
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:44 AM   #3
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I recently went shopping for a "Beater" and thought I would be picking up either a Squire, or a Epi. Ended up with a Jay Turser for $119 OTD, and I honestly like it! It's not quit as good as my Godin, but it's not 10 times less of a guitar. And it's gorgeous.

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Old 10-20-2012, 10:48 AM   #4
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Epiphone is already a budget brand, so "low end" for them is something like the LP-100 or the Special II, both of which are pretty sorry guitars. Epiphone as a whole isn't bad, especially for its price point.
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:49 AM   #5
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I think it'd be worth getting one decent Epiphone rather than two cheaper ones.
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Old 10-20-2012, 12:29 PM   #6
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I got an epiphone sg special at 169$ and it sounds really good to me tbh. The only complaint I have is it's so light.
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Old 10-20-2012, 02:02 PM   #7
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Considering that you can get a nice LP Standard, LP Custom or G400 for under $300 used, there's really no point unless you're going out of your way to get a beater that is going to be in harm's way. The LP100 can be decent or crap depending on the guitar, and same with the G310 - both of which are bolt-ons, BTW.
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Old 10-20-2012, 02:43 PM   #8
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All I've ever really played of epiphone has been the low-end stuff. I realize guitars are all different, but each cheap epi I've played has been pretty bad. Fret buzz, poor tone and they feel cheap. Because, I mean, they are. For the price they charge, you're not going to get that LP sound out of a special 2.
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Old 10-20-2012, 02:53 PM   #9
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I would go LP Standard or better and shy away from the lesser ones.
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Old 10-20-2012, 03:19 PM   #10
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If you want to go that cheap then get a Agile AL-2000.
The Goths are not bad, but stay away from all the Specials, Juniors, and GT's.
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Old 10-20-2012, 04:26 PM   #12
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If its an Epiphone, get at least a Standard.
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Old 10-20-2012, 08:48 PM   #13
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^ what he said. I have a G400, a standard LP and a custom LP. I wouldnt go lower than those. Ive seen on some websites that for 600 bux you can get a lower end Gibson. Thats what I would be doing if I were stateside and had the money to spare.
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Old 10-20-2012, 09:18 PM   #14
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Gibson has also lowered pricing, as they're discontinuing models soon. Just saw a worn-white SG with P90's for $600 at Guitar Center. Get one good Epiphone if you can't swinore than $400 and enjoy it. Used can be a good way to pick up a nice Epiphone on the cheap.
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Old 10-21-2012, 01:23 PM   #15
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Don't even go for Epiphone, I tried one of their midrange models and.... Bleuuuuughhhhh
Yuck. Maybe look at a few different makes.
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What was wrong with it? What was the model?
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I have a G-400 and it is a great budget axe to mod. It has grover tuners, solid hardware and a diecent build. The pickups were pretty crap, but I put a JB in the bridge and it is my main guitar for drop tuning. I would stay away from anything cheaper from them if I were you.
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Old 10-21-2012, 05:28 PM   #18
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I'm thinking about selling my BC Rich Warlock because I'm not a fan of it and buying an Epiphone or two with the money I get for it. I can't help wondering about the prices of the cheaper ones compared to quality, however.

What's the general strain of thought about Epiphone guitars, the low-end models in particular? I'm thinking of perhaps getting a Les Paul Junior (one with a humbucker rather than a P-90) and a Goth Les Paul or an Explorer GT, what do people think of them? Thanks!



Mate, don't let anyone tell you Epis are shit. They are some of the best value for money guitars, and are more versatile than Gibbos. I got one to replace my BC Warbeast, never looked back. Like it equally as much as my Gibson
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:06 PM   #19
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Our band uses a G-400 for a backup, so sometimes I'll use it or my other band member will use it. It's completely stock. The pickups are just passable in my opinion, but the rest of the guitar is pretty solid. A great first guitar to have as you won't out grow it, the tuners are solid and it doesn't have a cheap bolt on job that looks bush league.

Oh ya, and they're super easy to find for cheap. Like $200-250 max. Ours was free haha
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:16 PM   #20
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Mate, don't let anyone tell you Epis are shit. They are some of the best value for money guitars, and are more versatile than Gibbos. I got one to replace my BC Warbeast, never looked back. Like it equally as much as my Gibson


Please tell me how an Epiphone is more versatile than a Gibson.

Please, enlighten me.
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