#1
Hi, im looking to get a new Les paul guitar.

i currently have a Epiphone Les Paul Standard 2008 (it has the nice faded top) and am wondering whether it is worth upgrading to the Epi Standard plus top pro or the Epi tribute (havent got a big enough budget for a Gibson).

I still need to try them both out yet but wanted to know if people think that this is the best decision based on their own experiences or if it would be better to just upgrade the Pickups.
#2
the tribute has an actual maple cap and Gibson 57 pups so that in itself is a big upgrade from what you have. if you like your guitar though beter pickups could be the ticket.
#3
I don't think I would upgrade in that scenario. Save up for a bigger upgrade. Something that minor is just a waste of time & money.

You could always take the pickups that are in the 2017 Standard Les Pauls & plug them into your epiphone.
Some see the glass half full, others see the glass half empty. Me? I see that the glass is refillable.
#4
I'd probably say no, it isn't really enough of an upgrade to make a significant difference.
#5
If you like the guitar you have, hold onto it and just put new pickups in it, like a set of Burstbucker pros. If you slowly upgrade your parts, you can turn your guitar into every bit of the high end guitar that you can get. I don't know if you're hooked on a new look, but if you're in the US, Guitar Center has a sale going on with the Traditional Pro II for $150 off. $349 right now. http://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone/Limited-Edition-Les-Paul-Traditional-PRO-II-Electric-Guitar.gc
#6
You could look into new pots/caps and pickups. I did that to my Epi LP standard and it made a world of difference. I put in gibson 57/57+ pups and a BCS vintage wiring kit. It was super fun doing all the work, learning the do's and don'ts of soldering and setup.

Also, I added a bone nut, did fret polish as well.
'16 Gibson LP Standard T, '15 Epi LP Standard with 57/57+ Gibbys
Blackstar S1-45, a few pedals.
#7
Quote by GoldJim
If you like the guitar you have, hold onto it and just put new pickups in it, like a set of Burstbucker pros. If you slowly upgrade your parts, you can turn your guitar into every bit of the high end guitar that you can get. I don't know if you're hooked on a new look, but if you're in the US, Guitar Center has a sale going on with the Traditional Pro II for $150 off. $349 right now. http://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone/Limited-Edition-Les-Paul-Traditional-PRO-II-Electric-Guitar.gc


Burstbuckers are elite. I love mine. Try a Burstbucker Pro Lead in the bridge, Burstbucker Pro rhythm in the neck.

If you don't like that, might I recommend a JB in the bridge & a 59 in the neck? (this is as classic as apple pie.)
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Last edited by NewDayHappy at Feb 16, 2017,
#8
Quote by NewDayHappy
Burstbuckers are elite. I love mine. Try a Burstbucker Pro Lead in the bridge, Burstbucker Pro rhythm in the neck.

If you don't like that, might I recommend a JB in the bridge & a 59 in the neck? (this is as classic as apple pie.)


100% agree. I have a JB in the bridge of my Strat. My 2015 Gibson Les Paul Traditional has 1959 Tribute Humbuckers, and they smoke! http://www.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/2015/USA/Les-Paul-Traditional.aspx#LPTD15PPNH1 I love that guitar. My 2017 Tribute has the 490's. https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/16473936_10210844181887853_8575296262884617590_n.jpg?oh=b6e6356d033d72a0b9e8c64358063cdd&oe=5903BC09. I love Burstbuckers, they just don't work with my style of playing and what I play. The other guy in my band has them, and he loves them. It's proof that your tone is yours. I play his rig and sound like crap. I play my rig and I sound less like crap.