I just got an epiphone LP. I had a j.reynolds(knockoff strat). Should I be hearing a difference in tone when Im playing without my amp?
Of course you should, the sound is not going through the pickups(wich alter the sound) and neither through the amp(wich alters the sound as well), it can sound very differently.
depends on which epi lp it is
No, not really. When you are playing without the amp all you can hear is the strings rattle acousticly. You might be able to hear a bit more resonance in the wood, but no, without an amp there isn't really a discernable difference in sound.
Thank god I just spent a lot and was worried.
Actually you should be worried, all guitars should theoretically sound the same when unplugged, if yours sounds different it may very well have wood rot and you should take it to your local music store ASAP to get it replaced.
No mine didn't sound different thats what scared me. Which I now see was stupid.