Allright, so im going to buy a new guitar within the next few months, and ill likely do a whole lot of testing different guitars in the meantime.

Im really into clasic rock and blues, my favourite bands/artists are Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, GnR, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix.

I really like the sound and looks of Les Paul style guitars, i realize a few of these artists plays strats but im more into LP's nonetheless.

I live in Denmark and there are only 2 music stores nearby, and they only stock the bigger brands the likes of fender gibson epiphone, ibanez and jackson.

So ive been looking at the Epiphone Les Paul Standart Plus, which fits my budget $400-600 perfectly.

Ive read impression and reviews on this site and from what i can understand they are pretty solid guitars.

BUT! Im a newbie at electric guitars, and ive got no clue whatsoever about what to look for then testing- guitars, obviously theres the sound and all around feel, but what else? Something about the pickups, fret work, strings, tuning pegs?

TL;DR, are the Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus good guitars? And what do i need to look for when testing them at stores?

Thanks you!
The normal sign of a good guitar especially a Les Paul is how it sounds when it is unplugged. A good well made guitar will be resonant, good sounding and reasonably loud for an unplugged electric guitar. Them things may sound weird but when you test a few out you'll be able to here the differences. The new Epi's are good although not as good as the old ones. I personally love Epi's and have quite a few. If I were you I'd try getting a limited edition one because they're always made better than the normal runs. Hope this helps.
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TL;DR, are the Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus good guitars?

yes, very, just never drop it
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What's your amp?

I tried to avoid this, its a Line6 Spider IV 15w
Here's what I look for in any guitar when buying....

Visually I look at the paint job (Bleeding colours, poor spraying, ripples orange peel etc)
I look at the binding work if any and inlays for signs of sloppiness.
If wood grain is visible I check the way the grain runs on the neck to see if there's any run-out. On the body to see how many pieces are used. On the top to see if it's Plain, AA or AAA
Then if bolt-on, I'd check the neck pocket fit for large gaps & make sure the neck is stright in the pocket, not canted.
Look at the way the strings fall on the fingerboard, are they set back enough at the nut and all down the neck on the Low & Hi E. Do the strings land nicely over the pole pieces on the PUS.
Check the nut and see that the slots aren't too deep (more 1/2 -3/4 string diameter and the nut too high.
Sight down the neck looking for warped, or humped, twisted areas. Then check relief.
IF you're happy with all this it's time to actually play the thing and see if it's OK. You can make some judgement calls on playability depending upon the nut and string height which can be adjusted later on. If it still feels good plug it in and play celan to hear what the guitar sounds like uncoloured. Use all PU combinations and play with Vol and Tone controls. Then if you want add in some distortion but to be honest, if the guitar sound good clean the basics are there and the distortion will primarily be the amp you're using.
Moving on.....
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What's your amp?

You don't buy a guitar to match an amp! You buy an amp to match the guitar! Do you buy a house to match your furniture?
Moving on.....
Actually I think the best guitar for you and your price range would probably be the Epiphone Les PAul Traditional Pro. Its a nice looking Les Paul, a limited run of them and both the humbuckers can be coil tapped by push pull volume pots. Can you get them in Denmark because if not then I'd probably try getting one imported. You'll be able to do all your different bands with that one. Plus the zebra pickups are nice.
I hope its okay that i switch to danish

Du ved helt sikkert at det er en fin guitar du har i hånden når du spiller på en. Som de andre godt nok har sagt, så starter man med at kigge på malingen og selve håndværket på den. Den skal ligge godt i hånden, og ikke være for stiv at spille på (Høhø. Først der kommer lyden, og ganske rigtigt som det allerede er påpeget, så skal der være en god akustisk lyd i den, specielt på LP'ere. Din amp er lidt noget møg, så guitaren vil nok lyde af høvl uanset hvad du gør med den

En Epiphone er et rigtigt godt valg for en der ikke er så erfaren på guitarer, men husk, at jo bedre et instrument du har, jo mere får du spillet på det

And back to englosios
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Why, my pasty danish cracker, I believe you've got it!
You might look up Tim Ellis at www.tcellisguitars.com On his Guitars for sale page he has a few of his 'Debbie' Les Paul types which are well made of decent woods etc. Only odd thing is the Maple neck. He's asking £499 which may be a tad over your budget but he may haggle, you get a pro setup, gig bag or hard case and a really nice guitar. (there's a lovely cherry burst still there) Stock pickups are Wilkinson overwound at about 14k and 13k bridge and neck. Fretboard is Ebony with tree of life inlays so these are rather pretty. They are the high end version of the Series 2 I have and that beastie is more than a match for a current Gibson LP Standard in terms of playability and tone.

Edit: Just one thing. Unplugged, and I too like to get the feel of a guitar that way, mine rings like a bell. Play a chord and you can feel its resonance all through you.
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