#1
I have been looking for a Les paul simply because that is what will make me happy. I have played MANY Epiphone standards and a Custom Pro or two. Howver, I have a bit more to spend and would like to purchase my first "nice" guitar (I currently use a Dean Vendetta 2.0 and have a cheap BC rich). I play Green Day, Bkink 182, Three Days Grace, and AC DC often through an MG100FX (Yes, I know it is not a great amp, but I aftually like the smooth distortion over tube distortion. I have my preference, you have yours). I have been looking to get out to a guitar center to play an Epiphone Tribute Plus, but my friend said he had one with problems including not staying in tune, back bant neck, and a pickup not wired (!). I then looked at Gibson LP Studio Faded T. guitars. Unfortunately they are harder to find used, and I can't spend $800. Their tuners are often criticized, and I would not be able to pay to have them replaced or feel comfortable replacing them myself. I was wonering, both out of the box and on a used basis, which guitar would be a better buy for the money. Thanks!
#2
I bought an Epiphone Les Paul 1960 Tribute about 3 years ago. I own many guitars (see the pic on my profile) and have owned several Gibson Les Paul's over the 40 years I have been playing. I love these Epi Tributes. I loved my Tribute so much that I sold my 1973 Gibson LP which I had owned since 1975 and used the money to buy other guitars and recording equipment. Last month I found another Epi Tribute in mint condition on EBay and won a bid at $465 ($30.00 shipping) and it is again a great guitar.

I have never owned a Gibson Studio but I understand they are pretty nice. I can only comment on how much I love those Epi Tribute guitars. I'm doing two gigs this week and will be using a Tribute on both.
Yes I am guitarded also, nice to meet you.
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#3
You're getting so much more for your money with the Tributes.
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#4
Wait on Gibsons until you can afford something over $1000 (new price). I know there are owners who will just go ballistic over their entry-level Gibsons, but honestly, they aren't as good as asian-sourced guitars for the same money.
#5
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
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#6
I'd go with a Tribute plus.


I think you're the first person in the world I have seen describing the MG as having a 'smooth' distortion.
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#7
H4T3BR33D3R Yeah. While playing I like to switch to the second overdrive channel and turn my gain down. Lately I've been using a Line 6 Pod HD500 which I bought in hopes that it would give me enough stuff to do instead of buying a new guitar (as you see, it didn't ) straight into my power amp. Would you suggest any tube combos or something that I could easily trade or sell my amp for? Not looking to spend much more than mine is worth, but if another $100 will double my tone, I'm all for it. I looked briefly at DSL100H? heads. Or should I just give up on the thing and sell it to a 12 year old who wants a Marshall half stack like I was a few years ago? I presume a DSL40C would have enough power for an alternative rock band.
#8
Also thanks everyone, I am looking for used Tributes now! I'm glad it is the right choice, because it is what I would've done either way
#9
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
#10
guspac88 Get a used tribute, upgrade the wiring (cts, pio caps, 50's wiring, switchcraft stuff) add a decent bridge (the 'tonelock' sucks imho), either abm (brass bridge+tailpiece) or Faber bridge + tailpiece + locking kit (beware: aluminium=4 lovers only). That's what I did to mine, and it was brilliant. I also replaced the lucking tuners by regular grovers (lower than the stock tuners=>better string pull, and I 'lock' strings myself when I restring) and replaced the nut with a bone one. Beast of a guitar then ;-) (I sold that one to upgrade to an Fgn, to which I did the same thing, and that is even more brilliant :p I found the neck on the Epi a bit too thin, that's all)
#11
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H4T3BR33D3R Yeah. While playing I like to switch to the second overdrive channel and turn my gain down. Lately I've been using a Line 6 Pod HD500 which I bought in hopes that it would give me enough stuff to do instead of buying a new guitar (as you see, it didn't ) straight into my power amp. Would you suggest any tube combos or something that I could easily trade or sell my amp for? Not looking to spend much more than mine is worth, but if another $100 will double my tone, I'm all for it. I looked briefly at DSL100H? heads. Or should I just give up on the thing and sell it to a 12 year old who wants a Marshall half stack like I was a few years ago? I presume a DSL40C would have enough power for an alternative rock band.


A budget would help but the DSL40c isnt a bad choice.
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#12
H4T3BR33D3R Sorry I wasn't clear. My budget would be whatever my amp is worth. It is a mint hd100fx half stack (275-300?). Assuming I can scrape a few bucks I may be able to come up with another 100-150 USD in the next few months. My main priority is to buy an amp which will not leave me wishing I had another one. I want an amp that can play all sorts of rock reasonably. Obviously I don't expect a loud amp pushing Fender cleans and true Marshall overdrive at such a low price point, but I would like something versatile.

Dunkelheit-164 Thanks for the suggestions! I am not very knowledgeable with working on guitars, but I can figure that type of stuff out with a quick google search. I also really appreciate how you mentioned WHY you sold that tribute. I see how you would feel that way absolutely. I am hoping my smaller hands (No, I'm not 12) would work with the neck size, as they did when I tested the guitar. However I am one of those people who really need to spend weeks with an instrument before deciding whether I really like it. Luckily I have no problem tossing the guitar back on craigslist if I don't: I always look for items I can't lose money on!
#13
guspac88
Well technically, you'll always lose a bit of money when selling... but most of the time you have learned some valuable things in the meantime ;-)
Rewiring may seem a bit scary at first, but swapping the bridge and tailpiece is just a matter of screwing in/out parts.
Even without the mods I mentioned, the Tribute is a really decent guitar, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
Modding is probably not the way you want to go when you're on a budget.
But at least now you know what can be improved if necessary.

For the hand size thing, I see why you would want a skinnier neck then.
But I find that neck size is not that big of an issue for playing.
If you play on a bigger neck, you'll adjust after a while.
I haven't been able to play for a while, and had to adjust all over again, so I know what it feels like ;-)
But I prefer bigger necks for stability reasons and resonance.
A bigger neck is less likely to get damaged/warped than a thin one.
With thin necks you can sometimes bend a note by pressing down harder on the neck.
Imagine what that does for tuning stability with temperature changes...

By resonance I mean that a bigger neck will let you feel the notes more when playing.
Or at least that's my experience.

The tribute was my backup guitar when I was playing in a band. (main was the Epi Bonamassa, to which I did the same mods btw)
But when a gig was outside, when it was hot, or cold somewhere in a basement, the tuning would suffer a bit on the Tribute.
The Bonamassa didn't have that problem (huuuge neck).
So I sold the backup guitar, and since then I haven't felt the need for a backup anymore :p
#14
Dunkelheit-164 I sure did learn something. While the amp is sub par, it made me happy when I was young being as tall as my amp. Now I'm ready to get something that isn't terrible. On a side note, what do you think a mint Tribute Plus is worth? $450-500?
#16
Well guys, picked up a Tribute Plus this week and I'm loving it. $400 used on guitar center, one ding on the side that saved me $300. Everything else is mint, black cherry. Thanks for the help in deciding. I love the neck and pickups. I need to raise the action bad, but for now I am having too much fun to even bother. Now to look for a new amp, the cycle never ends!