#1
In case anyone wasn't paying attention, a whole ton of Epiphone models are discounted right now through a bunch of major retailers (clearing inventory for a major line up changes?). I'm thinking this might be the time to pick up a new cheaper Gibson-style guitar: SG, LP, ES-style or Casino, (really no preference between the four models, except I don't like that mini-ES shape like on the 339 and the Casino Coupe). Not incredibly familiar with most of the Epiphone family, so I got to ask the limbo question:

How low can I go?

Where is the cutoff for a "good guitar" in the Epiphone line? Where is the best quality for price break, especially since there's that sale going on? Think like the CV/VM line for Squiers. Budget should not be an issue (don't read that as "unlimited budget", because that's not what it means), but obviously cheaper is better.
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#2
It depends on what line you want. No reason to encourage you to look into something like a G400 if you don't like SG type guitars.

The ES-335 Pro is a fine guitar. The Wildkat is also pretty cool. But that is if you are into semi-hollow style guitars.

You need to give us a stronger line of sight rather than simply asking us to name every quality Epiphone instrument. My usual line of thought is that any Epiphones that are north of 399.99 are usually fairly solid instruments.
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#3
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Where is the cutoff for a "good guitar" in the Epiphone line? Where is the best quality for price break, especially since there's that sale going on? Think like the CV/VM line for Squiers. Budget should not be an issue (don't read that as "unlimited budget", because that's not what it means), but obviously cheaper is better.


If it's bolt on and an Epiphone, I pass. That's where I draw the 'quality line' for Epiphones. So no G-310s, no LP special IIs etc...


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You need to give us a stronger line of sight rather than simply asking us to name every quality Epiphone instrument. My usual line of thought is that any Epiphones that are north of 399.99 are usually fairly solid instruments.


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#4
My rule of thumb with Epiphone is that Standard (I think some of the Standards have been replaced with "pro" now, but it's the same thing with a coil split) and above is worth the money. Obviously, you're still generally talking about budget guitars, but that's the point from which you can expect something that looks, sounds and feels like a proper guitar. I think basically the stuff that's comparable to VMs and CVs is any "premium" models like Black Beauty, Ultras, Traditionals, Customs, signatures and any of the Epiphone (i.e. not Gibson model) hollows and semihollows; that said, I'm not sure Epiphone have quite the bang-for-buck of the higher-end Squiers.
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My rule of thumb with Epiphone is that Standard (I think some of the Standards have been replaced with "pro" now, but it's the same thing with a coil split) and above is worth the money. Obviously, you're still generally talking about budget guitars, but that's the point from which you can expect something that looks, sounds and feels like a proper guitar. I think basically the stuff that's comparable to VMs and CVs is any "premium" models like Black Beauty, Ultras, Traditionals, Customs, signatures and any of the Epiphone (i.e. not Gibson model) hollows and semihollows; that said, I'm not sure Epiphone have quite the bang-for-buck of the higher-end Squiers.



I agree with the standard and pro lines being good guitars for the money. Those are not premium Epiphones though IMO. The 'premium' ones are the Elitist guitars. The Tribute + and JB LPs I guess would be a bit more 'premium' in the Epiphone line.


The Tribute + has a legit maple cap, mahogany body and neck with decent hardware and locking tuners. The JB guitars are similar in spec without the tuners. The regular standard Epiphones don't.
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Yeah, I was just using the word to distinguish from the G-400/Les Paul Pro kind of price point. I'd basically describe the models you bolded as equivalent to VMs and CVs, but since that's what I was trying to say they were I'd've been defining something in terms of itself.

Good extra info, anyway
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#7
Even the standard Epiphone guitars can be fine. Just stay away from the low-end bolt on crap unless you’re handy with fret files and a soldering iron.