Bob Marley Commemorative Les Paul Special Review

manufacturer: Epiphone date: 07/04/2005 category: Electric Guitars
Epiphone: Bob Marley Commemorative Les Paul Special
The new limited edition guitar features an image of Marley's face on the body of the guitar, plus fingerboard inlays in the colors of the Jamaican flag and "One Love" on the headstock. It is built on the same solidbody design as Marley's personal Gibson Les Paul Special.
 Sound: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
 Action, Fit & Finish: 8
 Features: 10
 Overall rating:
 8.9 
 Reviewer rating:
 9.5 
 Users rating:
 8.2 
 Votes:
 50 
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overall: 9.5
Bob Marley Commemorative Les Paul Special Reviewed by: JaMeZtEr, on july 04, 2005
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Features: The Bob Marley Commemorative Les Paul Special from Epiphone tries to capture the essence of the pioneer reggae artist and his music. The new limited edition guitar features an image of Marley's face on the body of the guitar, plus fingerboard inlays in the colors of the Jamaican flag and "One Love" on the headstock. It is built on the same solidbody design as Marley's personal Gibson Les Paul Special. Features of the new model include a solid mahogany body with Worn Brown finish, a pair of '57 Classic Alnico-V pickups, one-piece mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, Grover tuners and chrome-plated hardware. It comes with a "Hemp" gigbag and Certificate of Authenticity. // 10

Sound: This guitar suits pretty much any style there is. I play lots of stuff, from heavy metal (Metallica and Iron Maiden) to punk (Old Blink 182 albums) to classic rock (Led Zeppelin and Motley Crue), and this baby does just fine with the '57s in the neck and bridge. I use it with a Washburn BD12 amp and a Zoom 606 multi-effects pedal. I used to have a Washburn WG228 with the same effects and amp, but that was nothing compared to this baby. It's not noisy at all! The only noise that can come is fret buzz, but I fixed that by raising the action (strings). It's got a really, really good acoustic sound when you put the neck pickup on with clean. There are many sounds it makes, such as great acoustic and distortion in the neck, sorta Tom Morello's Audioslave tone in the middle and punky stuff in the bridge. I don't really hate anything on this guitar at all. Except the bridge sound could be a little thicker. // 10

Action, Fit & Finish: At the factory, the action was lower on the high strings and higher on the low strings, which made my middle strings buzz a lot. All I needed to do was raise it to make it even and now there's no more buzz. The pickups were adjusted fine except for the bridge pickup which was higher on one side. Nothing a screwdriver can't handle though. Apart from that this guitar was awesome and there was no flaw at all. // 8

Overall Impression: Overall, this guitar is great. I love this thing. I've been playing for about one and a half years and I have this, a Washburn BD12 amp and a Zoom 606 effects pedal. I used to have a Washburn WG228 Chicago series guitar too. If someone stole this, I would chase after his little ass, hang him up on a tree with his wedgie and take my guitar back and run away. // 10

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