#1
I mostly play blues, classic rock, and alternative. My price range is within $400-600. I was looking at other guitars such as a few Strats but I just love the overall feel and tone of a Les Paul so I'm going to stick with that. I also tried an Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 and I thought it was awesome. Some other guitars I was looking at are:

Epiphone Les Paul Standard $399
Epiphone Les Paul Custom PRO $549
Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Studio Deluxe $399
Epiphone Limited Edition 1956 Les Paul Gold Top $499 (EDIT: Not so sure about this one)

Obviously I don't have the money for a solid Gibson so I was wondering if these would be great upgrades. Also, If there are other similar guitars out there, please recommend some. Thanks.
Last edited by JimiZeppelin4 at Feb 14, 2013,
#3
You can get Gibson LP studios for $500ish+ if you go used
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#4
I feel like you get the most bang for your buck if you go with any of the pro models, you just can't beat them with all the tonal capabilty at that price range. The custom pros i've tried were pretty nice, but have you ever checked out the traditional pro?? They aren't quite as flashy looking as the customs, but the matte(?) finish on the back of the traditionals make up for it if you ask me.. much more comfortable and way faster than the gloss necks on the customs, and it costs less.
#6
You should play around on some SG's, the faded models run around $400-450 used in my area (Dallas, TX). It's not that there's anything at all wrong with the guitars you have listed, but you can probably snag a great guitar on the used market with a $600 top-end.
#7
Quote by SteveHOC
You should play around on some SG's, the faded models run around $400-450 used in my area (Dallas, TX). It's not that there's anything at all wrong with the guitars you have listed, but you can probably snag a great guitar on the used market with a $600 top-end.


Yeah a long time ago I was looking at a lot of SGs. I'll definitely check some out again.
#8
Also keep an eye out for used Epi elitist les pauls. Made in Japan with USA hardware, long neck tenon, african mahogany woods, grover tuners, bone nut....all big impovements over a made in china or korea Epiphone,Agile, or even the Gibson studios.
There's one on eBay now for $650. That's a lot of guitar for that price, specs not far off from a historic Gibson.
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#9
honestly the epiphone customs are my favorite guitars in that price range, ive owned several and they are sturdy as hell with a great tone, and easy playing neck
#10
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You can get Gibson LP studios for $500ish+ if you go used

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#11
If I decide to go with a Les Paul, I'm narrowing it down to a New Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro or a used Gibson Les Paul Studio. Which one would be worth buying? The Custom is 549.99 while the Studio is ranging from 499-699.
#12
The Gibson obviously, unless you just want something that looks pretty.
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#13
Yeah, go used. If you can get the Elitist, go for it. Gibson discontinued them because they were competing with their higher-end models (and winning!).
#14
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Yeah, go used. If you can get the Elitist, go for it. Gibson discontinued them because they were competing with their higher-end models (and winning!).

This is false. Epiphone Elitist are good guitars, but they were discontinued because of lack of sales in the USA. They were $1000+ new and you can buy a gibson(a nice Gibson) for that. So that ment competing with them-selfs.
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#15
Quote by Robbgnarly
This is false. Epiphone Elitist are good guitars, but they were discontinued because of lack of sales in the USA. They were $1000+ new and you can buy a gibson(a nice Gibson) for that. So that ment competing with them-selfs.


Uh, the Elitists far outstripped Gibson Studio models (at least the ones I've seen). Which diminished the brand value of the Gibson name.
#16
Quote by progdude93
Uh, the Elitists far outstripped Gibson Studio models (at least the ones I've seen). Which diminished the brand value of the Gibson name.

I never said they were not good guitars at all, they are very nice guitars. But Gibson is going to sell (and did sell) many more guitars at the same price point than the Elitest models. And the fact that many people are going to be (and were) reluctant to Buy a $1000+ Epiphone when you can get a Gibson for the same price. So Gibson stoped all but the Casino Elitist model (I'm not sure if they are producing them this year and the Casino is the only one that sold well)
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#17
I'm not arguing with your point. I'm saying that Elitists were as good as many Gibson models, and that fact ruins the Gibson reputation. Kind of life Squiers being better than Fenders. If they were, they'd be discontinued, because they're supposed to be budget Fenders.

I see how my post could lead you to think I meant in terms of sales, but I was speaking in terms of quality.
#18
Quote by progdude93
I'm not arguing with your point. I'm saying that Elitists were as good as many Gibson models, and that fact ruins the Gibson reputation. Kind of life Squiers being better than Fenders. If they were, they'd be discontinued, because they're supposed to be budget Fenders.

I see how my post could lead you to think I meant in terms of sales, but I was speaking in terms of quality.

Even in Quality the Elitist are no better than Gibson. You will get a nicer looking guitar (quilt/flame top) than a Gibson at the same price, but quality wise I'd say it's about even. Most people here know that Japanese made guitars are as good as most USA made high-end guitars now a days.
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Morley Bad Horsie 2
MXR Smart Gate
#19
I have a few MIJ guitars.... And like I said before, every Studio I've played has been patently inferior to Elitists I've played. Granted, I've only played two Elitists, so maybe my sample is off, but I doubt it, from what I've heard.
#20
So the Gibson it is then? lol

EDIT: I see that the Studios vary in price. What's the difference between a worn Cherry finish for $699 and an Ebony finish for $1099? It also changes based on chrome or gold hardware.
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#21
Quote by progdude93
I have a few MIJ guitars.... And like I said before, every Studio I've played has been patently inferior to Elitists I've played. Granted, I've only played two Elitists, so maybe my sample is off, but I doubt it, from what I've heard.

Well if thats the case, don't throw out blanket statements when you have only played 2.
Gibsons are high quality and they are notorius for bad set-ups from the factory, this is often confused with QC, but is completely diffrent
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Morley Bad Horsie 2
MXR Smart Gate
#22
Played several Gibson studios and even owned one in worn cherry. I preferred my Elitist to all of them. Hop over to MLP forums, there are people who own both and will tell you the same. They are better guitars and a far better value.
#23
Try a load of Gibson Studios, they can vary in quality. Get a good one and it can rival a standard.