#1
I've been looking into buying one of these guitars(both are around the same price). I was wondering what some of the pros/cons between the two are from anyone whose played both?
#3
epi les paul.

hands down. no single coil hum. beautiful sound. much more versatile than any fender.
#4
If you play metal/hard rock, LP.

If you don't, Strat.
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#5
Get the Strat. If you want harder-edged tones, get a Fat Strat or a Standard Strat HH. Also, you know the Fender is a real Fender, and those are built solid, whereas the Epiphone is just a Gibson ripoff, made in Korea or China out of plywood.
#8
Epi Les Paul, cos they're WAY more versatile... for a start theres much less hum and feedback. Secondly,they have 2 volume controls adding to the ability to shape tone by rolling back the volume on one pickup. Thirdly, proof a les paul is better as you state the EPIPHONE is around the same price as a fender... Gibson is even better still!!
Oh and theyre a much more rock and roll guitar.
Pros of the strat though are that it has better igher fret access. :s
#9
get the strat. than invest 40 extra dollars to get it set up with 10 guage strings. its beautiful
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#11
Fender any day, way more reliable, suitable for anything, light, necks arent too large like the LP standard. Well anyway, my Ibanez kicks them all lawl
#12
not this debate again... play the damn guitars yourself and figure out which you like better. one thing though--if you get the strat, make sure it's a 2006 model, that one has some upgrades that make it a lot better than the previous standard strats.
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#13
*by more versatile i mean they fit with many more styles, theyre the 'jack-of-all-trades' guitar lol
#14
Just go to the music store, play them both, buy the one you like better. Choose wiseley because if you're a newb it might determine what kind of guitar you're gunna prefer as long as you live!
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#16
Epiphone. You can't get a bassy, hard rock sound from a Strat unless you mod the **** out of it, and even then it's not the best.
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#17
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Get the Strat. If you want harder-edged tones, get a Fat Strat or a Standard Strat HH. Also, you know the Fender is a real Fender, and those are built solid, whereas the Epiphone is just a Gibson ripoff, made in Korea or China out of plywood.

i didnt know a mahogany alder mix was plywood
#18
I own both guitars and love both of them. But I use my strat more, just because I put custom pickups in there and it is really versatile.
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#20
Quote by musiclover2399
Choose by playing both but I'll say fender FAT strat FTW!! It covers hard rock AND the normal strat tones. Also the Alder in epi les pauls kill it for me


Les Pauls are mahogany and maple..

Anyway, in all honesty, it's like comparing apples to oranges.
Or like asking "Which came first? The chicken or the egg?"
There is no definate answer; it's a matter of opinion.

I'd take the Epiphone any day though.
I think they're just as, if not more versitile, without that damned hum.
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#21
Quote by noah22791
I own both guitars and love both of them. But I use my strat more, just because I put custom pickups in there and it is really versatile.


Your's is American though, he is wondering about the regular Standard. If I were you, I would get this.
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#22
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Les Pauls are mahogany and maple..

Anyway, in all honesty, it's like comparing apples to oranges.
Or like asking "Which came first? The chicken or the egg?"
There is no definate answer; it's a matter of opinion.

I'd take the Epiphone any day though.
I think they're just as, if not more versitile, without that damned hum.


epiphones have alder mixed in with the mahogany which kills the tone, have a nice day
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#23
you can play anything on a les paul, but if you care about having a better clean sound than a heavier sound that get the strat. but for the most part i recommend the les paul.
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#25
Try them both. They're both great guitars offering good value for money and decent versatility. Buy the one you like the feel and sound of best. It's just personal preference.
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#26
Go and play both and decide for yourself.

In my opinion, the Strat is better for the money.
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#27
Quote by Fishhooker
Get the Strat. If you want harder-edged tones, get a Fat Strat or a Standard Strat HH. Also, you know the Fender is a real Fender, and those are built solid, whereas the Epiphone is just a Gibson ripoff, made in Korea or China out of plywood.

^First off,if you want to post,you must know what you are talking about. Don't listen to him,they feature mahogany/alder bodies,and there is no point comparing them to a guitar $1500 more! I've just got an epiphone les paul standard plus-really nice,plays beautifully. Try em' both out in shop-don't buy on net. It's up to you,the Epi IS a good guitar for the price,very versatile and strong. I prefer it over the cheaper fenders,but you get Fender men and Les paul men. Recommend Epi.
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#28
Fishhooker, Epi isn't a Gibson ripoff, they were making guitars long before Gibson were, and their elitist hollowbodies (like the Casino, Riviera etc) are in most cases far better than Gibsons. Even the licensed Gibson copies (ie the Epis that most people buy), are just as good quality as other similarly priced guitars.
Though back on topic, it's hard for me to recommend one of these guitars over the other. They're very different guitars with very different tones. I'd consider strats to be more versatile, but if you want higher gain sounds you should go for the Epi. Try them both out is the best advice i could give, and make sure you try a few models to find the best one you can!
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#29
Its really your choice, if I only had 5 or 6 hundred bucks, i'd go with the les paul. If I had a few hundred more i'd buy a badass strat, which is what im planning on doing very soon