#1
What is the difference between the Epiphone Les paul studio, standard and custom?

I was looking at my friend's black LP custom for $600, then came a across Epi LP standard plus tops for $800. I then also came across a Epi LP studio plus top for $550.

Now I am unsure which one to buy or if I should get a Jackson JS30RR.

So what are the differences between the different Epi LP models? Is it just binding/hardware colour/Pickup covers?
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#2
read the les paul buying guide at musiciansfriend.com
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#3
well the studio models are a "no-frills" version,
they have a thinner paint coating, no inlays, stuff like that...

its just little changes that make the guitar a bit cheaper to produce and to sell, they sound exactly the same as a standard model but just have cheaper asthetics
#4
Customs are the best, Studios are eh, and it's rare you will find a good one. Standards are just what they are, standard. Good though.

Not sure about if the wood in the standards and customs are different, all I know is apparently customs have a better quality.
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Customs are the best, Studios are eh, and it's rare you will find a good one. Standards are just what they are, standard. Good though.

Not sure about if the wood in the standards and customs are different, all I know is apparently customs have a better quality.



Not really, i have played alot of standards that put some customs ive also playe to shame!

Either of them need a pup change if you plan on even attempting metal. Them alnico V humbuckers are weak as water.


Il take my speciall II with a dimebucker over a standard or a custom anyday.

But i do plan on a black beauty 3 with some BK Warpigs
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Il take my speciall II with a dimebucker over a standard or a custom anyday.



I'll take that challenge btw how is your 333XL working out? Thinking of picking one up myself
#7
They're all more or less the same guitar, but with:
  • different hardware
  • Different Finishes
  • different binding (if applicable)
  • Different Inlays (dots on the Studio, Trapezoids on the Standard, blocks on the Custom)


If you're gonna get any of them, you may as well get a Standard.
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I'll take that challenge btw how is your 333XL working out? Thinking of picking one up myself


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#9
Studios are very similar to Standards apparently, only with more wood, covered pickups and overall better hardware. I haven't ever seen a Custom. Specials are in a class of their own lets say, with the bottom range of Squiers
#10
I have a modded Epi LP Studio that plays and sounds better than alot of Standards I've picked up in stores. I replaced the bridge pup with a SD JB and kept the stock neck pup. (I think it sounds good for clean tones)
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Customs are usually the best, plus they come in the most interesting colors
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#12
It seems pretty strange to charge more for a guitar with a different top when they are all veneers in the first place.
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well the studio models are a "no-frills" version,
they have a thinner paint coating, no inlays, stuff like that...

its just little changes that make the guitar a bit cheaper to produce and to sell, they sound exactly the same as a standard model but just have cheaper asthetics
Wrong. It's also craftsmanship and build/materials quality. More expensive guitars will be made with better care and materials (higher grade woods, better pickups, better hardware, etc.)/

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Either of them need a pup change if you plan on even attempting metal. Them alnico V humbuckers are weak as water.

Also wrong. Mine work fine for playing metal. It's mostly in the amp.

I'd suggest looking for a nice used Les Paul. Check out the Elitist series or the Prophecy series. Or perhaps look at other brands; I've heard great things about LTD, Edwards, and Tokai.
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