#1
im gona get a lota **** for asking this but...

How much of a difference is there between Epiphone and Gibson Les Pauls?
I mean for someone who has a very low income, is it a good idea?
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#2
epiphones are very good guitars for the money ... gibson has like a ten percent advantage over it but thats it
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#3
Epi's are solid guitars for the money, but if you can get your hands on a cheap, good quality Gibson, then go for it. If you're gonna buy a Gibson, just try out every Gibson you can get your hands on.
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#4
I'd say there are some epiphones that sound so much like crap that they aren't worth 50 bucks even. But my epiphone LP custom is pretty good for the price paid. So i guess what im saying, is that if you spend time to look after that nice sounding epiphone, you'll find it. For me, upgrading to a gibson would be pointless, unless it sounded absolutely heavenly
#5
Well Gibsons are much more expensive because they are made in America and it's a well known name brand.

Epiphones are cheaper because they are made outside of America but play and last as long as a Gibson.

I bought an epiphone because I couldn't afford the actual Les Paul, and later I got a Les Paul as a gift and honestly they both are great they've lasted me 2 years and counting, they play the same, just the Gibson is made of more expensive body work and parts and they look nicer. But I think people are wasting $1,000's of dollars when they could just by an epiphone, and guess what Gibson owns Epiphone.
#6
the right epi is worth the money. its not right to compare a $400 and a $1400 guitar tho.
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~Not neccesarily different, but higher quality.

Also you pay to pay the high salary demanding American workers...
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#8
ive got a 2004 gibson sg standard, and like a 2003 or 2002 (fairly new) epiphone sg standard


they both kick ass.. the gibson has things i dont like baout it, so does the epi... it really is a hard tossup.. but in retrospect, they are different feeling and sounding guitars... and the gibson is heavier if i remember correctly lol
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#9
I'm a gibson man myself. Better craftsmanship and parts, and overall looks.
#10
see i find my epiphone to be way more of a working guitar.. its more realiable, feels sturdier.. i dunno im awlays scared that my sg is just gonna break in half haha but my epi i have no problem bangin it around.. oh and the tuning heads on the epiphone OWN the gibson ones.. GIBSON TUNERS SUCK!!!!!! wow... the epi has like schallers or sumthing
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#12
Compared to Gibson, Standard Epi LP's don't have good stock pickups, and the finish is sometimes better on Gibsons thans Epi's.
#13
What about buying a used Gibson for a little chepper insted of a new epi?
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~Not neccesarily different, but higher quality.

Also you pay to pay the high salary demanding American workers...


Exactly, though most of the high salary demanding Americans mostly demand out of nessicity rather than greed. Life isnt cheap, but other than that, hit the nail right on the head.
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What about buying a used Gibson for a little chepper insted of a new epi?


Ebay is your friend in those regards

Edit: Srry bout the double post
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the right epi is worth the money. its not right to compare a $400 and a $1400 guitar tho.

i did a $3000 and a $350 dollar guitar. (SG supreme and my X50) and the guy with the SG got upset because my guitar was doing what he wanted the SG to do, and the X50 was more versatile. he made up funny excuses.
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epis are for people who dont make money with thier guitar


im sure there are working musicians that use epiphones, ive heard of some famous musicians that use squiers and mexican strats over americans. Dont gerneralize you can manage a sweet set up on pretty much any guitar if you put the work in it.
I know a kid who modded his squier and it sounds awsome for what he does with it.
#20
Whatever you do, don't settle for the Epiphone LP Special II. It's the LP equivilent to Squier.
#21
Epi's can be great guitars. I've liked all of the ones I've tried except for the LP-100, which just feels like a real beginner guitar. I highly recommend any decent Epi over a low-end Gibson.

I suggest you try a bunch of them out and pick the one that sounds and feels best.
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the right epi is worth the money. its not right to compare a $400 and a $1400 guitar tho.


it is if the $1400 guitar is actually only worth $600
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it is if the $1400 guitar is actually only worth $600


LAf, well i upped it to 1,400 to weed out the lowest end gibs.
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#24
The basic, Standard Les Paul Epiphones, are made of an Alder/Mahogany plywood. Though dont let that turn you off, trust me. You can easily find one with the same resonance in it as a Gibson, and they will sound just as good, just a little different.
#25
^The thing with Epi though, is that they use whatever they have at the time. There have been quite a few cases of all mahogany Epi LP Standards and LP Customs, but there have also been all alder ones as well. For the most part they're the mahogany/alder body, but you can occasionally find a great all mahogany one.
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^The thing with Epi though, is that they use whatever they have at the time. There have been quite a few cases of all mahogany Epi LP Standards and LP Customs, but there have also been all alder ones as well. For the most part they're the mahogany/alder body, but you can occasionally find a great all mahogany one.


Exactly. It's a mixed bag. Same with Squier. Occasionally you can find an Alder one with wood that surpasses the Mexicans, for quite a bit cheeper (even including replacing the hardware)
#27
^Yeah. It just takes a good play and a look under the plate on the back and you know exactly what you've got. Sometimes, it can be one hell of a guitar.
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