I've never looked into buying a les paul but I want to in the future. As I understand it, epiphone les pauls are of lesser quality than gibsons. Also, gibson makes the les paul standard and the les paul studio. I'm scouring ebay to see if I can pick out any good deals on em, but I really don't know what to look for. What would be a reasonably priced les paul that plays well?
You could get a used standard for that price if you search hard. Plenty of used studios, or a couple new ones also.
i would recomend that you look at a high end epiphone les paul they are said to be as good as the low end gibsons. i would recomend that you have a look at http://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone-Ltd-Ed-1959-Les-Paul-Standard-Electric-Guitar-870015-i1471992.gc or http://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone-Les-Paul-Tribute-Electric-Guitar-621058-i1472867.gc if you want a classic les paul sound or if you want a sound that can play havy rock or metal look at http://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone-Les-Paul-Prophecy-Custom-GX-Electric-Guitar-104809959-i1385892.gc or http://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone-Les-Paul-Prophecy-Custom-EX-Electric-Guitar-104611124-i1386470.gc
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You could also get a Epiphone Elitist Les Paul. They are supposed to be higher quality.
They also haven't been made for almost two years. You can get them second hand occasionally, but very few people sell theirs.

And to britishsligean: Epi Standards and the like aren't 'high end' Epis. Those are the average Epis.

Anyway, $1000 budget? Well, some options would be a second hand Gibson Standard or Classic (same thing basically, just different neck thicknesses and stock pickups), a mid-90's second hand Gibson Studio (much better than the current Studio models which are rarely any good), a second hand Epiphone Elitist (on par with a Gibson Standard, but they have a slightly odd neck profile so really you need to try out a few Epiphones to make sure you like the neck - they're also very hard to find because nobody ever really wants to sell them), or ESP make some very nice LP copies in that price range.

However, what is your playing style, what do you look for in a guitar, what amp do you use, how is your rig set up, etc?
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I generally play rock and metal with some blues...I like a nice looking guitar with a comfy smaller neck and a bridge that isn't obtrusive. I've got a blackstart ht-5 and I've yet to set up any pedals...still workin on it
If you can find an Elitist, get it.

You can also get a Gibson les Paul Vintage Mahogany, but just be aware that they do not have a maple cap. The quality on them isn't exceptional either.

I think you'll be happiest with a plain old Epiphone Les Paul Standard. Then, spend the extra cash replacing the pickups and having it professionally set up.
Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Dunlop Crybaby Wah
Boss DS-1 Distortion
Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor
Marshall JCM2000 DSL401
u can get a gibson les paul faded or a gibson raw power les paul or any epiphone les paul
-Epiphone les paul special II
-Peavey Valveking 112
Or you buy buy mid class but a really good one because you have to try them out because their quality depends when you get an exemplar that really makes you cream your pants you buy it get some really good pickups depends on what you like and for the extra money you buy a cool marshall combo.

Ready to play sum blues.