NewDayHappy
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What are your thoughts on Epiphone guitars? I just recently bought an Epiphone SG Special and you know what? For $175 it's not a bad little guitar to keep around for drop tunings, etc. I recently discovered an Epiphone Les Paul going for $350 on Amazon, can anybody tell me, is this a nice guitar?
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From my experiences, they are a bit hit and miss, there have been some AMAZING ones I've played, some okay ones, and some Meh ones.

I currently own two, a Epiphone AJ-8SCE acoustic, and a Special II Les Paul style that I found in a dumpster and rebuilt as (mostly) stock. Both of them are great examples of Epiphone's good stuff.

My pal owned one of their Les Pauls, and had nothing but through with neck action/fret-buzz issues on it. Our local guitar center also had not one, but TWO Les Paul standards going for $150 each because the headstocks were broken on them ala "Damaged Merchandise".

I also owned an Epiphone EB-0 bass at one point, I sold it this year to fund a Squier VM Bass VI, I hated that EB-0 bass. It was a one-trick pony, the neck, action, and intonation were all a total pain in the arse - and this is coming from a guy who has made an $80 plywood Memphis strat copy play like a $800 Fender STratocaster with just a piece of sandpaper, a wax pot, and a Soldering iron!
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I've owned an epi lp special, but my opinion doesn't really count since I got it as a gift and it was already a bit broken, the neck joint was loose and it didn't have all the strings in when I got it. Overall I've heard that Epi's are nice guitars for the price, but the quality control is probably not as strict as with gibsons. You could get lucky, hard to say if you can't try the guitar.
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slapsymcdougal
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I've owned an Epiphone Les Paul Standard since 2002. It's a good guitar, though I did have to replace the pickup switch about 5 or 6 years ago.
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#5
Quote by NewDayHappy
What are your thoughts on Epiphone guitars? I just recently bought an Epiphone SG Special and you know what? For $175 it's not a bad little guitar to keep around for drop tunings, etc. I recently discovered an Epiphone Les Paul going for $350 on Amazon, can anybody tell me, is this a nice guitar?


I've got a few....



IMO they are worht the money, you can get lemons with every brand, regardless where they're made and how much you've to pay for it.

Just don't buy the lemons....
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Had a 2007 Epiphone Les Paul Standard in Honeyburst as my first guitar. Sold it in 2010. Liked the guitar, and I do no rule out getting another in the future. It was reasonably well built, but with pots and switches that didn't exactly inspired confidence in their durability.

However, there was quite a big price increase in Europe recently, where the Standard Plus Top went from 3000 SEK to 4000 SEK (435 to 580 USD by today's course) as an example - and I guess I would feel a bit cheated buying one at this time.

Most Epiphones are not professional grade instruments in the slightest, but they can still be good sounding and fun to play.
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Have one the now. It's great :P
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Quote by paruwi
I've got a few....



IMO they are worht the money, you can get lemons with every brand, regardless where they're made and how much you've to pay for it.

Just don't buy the lemons....


This is awesome, love how all your guitars are black too!

I just got done with an excellent jam on my Epiphone SG Special, the cut off switch is awesome.
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lucky1978
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I like Epi hollow/semi-hollowbody guitars. I can see an Epi Wildcat in my future and I recently had an es339 Ultra that I liked but after a couple weeks decided it wasn't worth the price. I do think their amps are great for the price.
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Quote by NewDayHappy
This is awesome, love how all your guitars are black too!

I just got done with an excellent jam on my Epiphone SG Special, the cut off switch is awesome.


Thanks

I like all colors - as long they're black
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In my experience, I've kinda like Epiphones. I like their design ideas. And their Probucker pickups aren't nearly as bad as people say they are.

I'd just never touch anything that's below a Standard. I own a Prophecy Futura and it's a stellar guitar for how much I paid for it, but I don't think I'll buy another Epiphone any time soon. They make interesting guitars, but most of them just aren't my thing.

But just as it is with Gibsons, you absolutely must try before you buy an Epiphone. I'd never risk buying one online, which isn't too much of a problem as guitar stores usually have plenty of Epiphones to try.
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Epiphone's quality control is shoddy, to say the least, so there are many Epiphone guitars for sale on stores that never should've left the factory in the first place.
For that reason, I wouldn't buy one without trying first.

That said, the ones that are well-built are perfectly good guitars.


With the exception of the Specials, those are all absolutely terrible. Utter garbage. They look cheap, feel and play like a toy, and sound awful.
And most of the ones that I've had in my hands had serious tuning stability issues.
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I have two, an ES-339 and a Casino. These were both made in China. The Chinese seem to do a very good job with the wood parts - body, neck and finish. But for some reason, the Chinese never seem to be able to do the frets very well, and the initial setups are poor.

So with both of them, I had a tech level the frets to get rid of the buzzing and dead spots, which turned them into fine sounding, very playable instruments that have been stable and reliable for quite a while now. I'm not familiar with the solid bodies.
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Not sure about the newer ones.I had one in the 90's that sounded awesome but would'nt stay in tune.
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I've had two, the G-310 and the G-400. The 310 was utter crap, output jack went out after a couple of months, had major issues with the selector switch, pickups sucked... everything about that thing was horrible. It was also my first guitar that I grabbed off a wall because I liked the way it looked.

I still have the 400, and I love it, completely different instrument. I'd been playing for quite some time when I played this one and while it isn't perfect by any means, it's a huge step in the right direction. The thing is, like others have said, you need to play Epi's in person prior to making a decision on them. You might have two exactly the same, same model, same finish, etc. But they will be different animals.
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Quote by NewDayHappy
What are your thoughts on Epiphone guitars? I just recently bought an Epiphone SG Special and you know what? For $175 it's not a bad little guitar to keep around for drop tunings, etc. I recently discovered an Epiphone Les Paul going for $350 on Amazon, can anybody tell me, is this a nice guitar?
I'm kind of surprised nobody has suggested this yet, but if you're looking for a Les Paul copy, Rondo Music's "Agile" series, might be the way to go. They have models to fit your $350.00 price point for sure. I haven't pulled the trigger on an electric in years, but for all the nice things I hear about Agile, they would be one of my first looks. Rondo is about giving us leftys a choice, but they can't keep every possible combination in stock, so I do a lot of window shopping. I'm waiting for one of their wide neck lefties to come up in a color that suits me.

As for Epiphone, I just bought an EJ-200SCE (acoustic-electric), These are made in Indonesia, I'm told by Sammick. It came out of the box flawless, setup, and ready to go.

So, Epiphone apparently uses a lot of different OEMs, all over Asia. The advice given to you so far is quite sound, (bad pun), "try it before you but it".

Here's a typical Les Paul type from Agile, in their mid price AL-3xxx series: http://www.rondomusic.com/AL3010SESILVERBURST.HTML

I have no idea what color you'd be interested in, but's here's a sample anyway.
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