#1
I'm looking to buy a new guitar. I currently play a Fender Strat. I want to get a good mid price range guitar for playing heavier stuff. I've narrowed it to an Epiphone Les Paul Custom or a Paul Reed Smith SE Custom. Please advise.

Thanks
#2
i'd probably go with the PRS, i think its better quality lhtough there isnt much in it, but the prs look so much better imo, better stock pups too
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#3
the prs would have a similar feel to your strat compared to the LP. what kind of music do you play?
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#4
^ PRS neck is a chunky mofo
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#6
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^ PRS neck is a chunky mofo


true, but compared to the LP it's not as bad IMO. plus the body style and feel might be more comfortable to someone used to a fender.

in the end though threadstarter, you should buy what plays the best for you
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#7
PRS, no doubt (having played both and owning the LP, I can say the PRS is better).
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#9
In the end it's up to you, but I would personally grab the PRS. Epi's are nice for the price, but you just can't beat a PRS. Even an SE model. They are just plain excellent. If only I could find one with a Floyd...
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#11
i'd take a gibson over prs.

but since it's p.o.s. epi, go with the prs.
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#12
PRS but have a look at the Tremonti SE, theyre great, a les paul shape, but IMO better quality than epiphones.
#13
There's a guy here who traded his Gibson LP Custom for a PRS Singlecut. He seemed pretty pleased with the change. Cant remember who though. Try the search button, he had a review on the differences between the two guitars.
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#14
Yeah, demea did. He seem's really pleased with his new PRS Singlecut (with trem, but remember you can also get it without it). My old teacher also did a similar change some years ago: he traded a Gibson LP Custom for a PRS Custom 22 (it was me who finally made him decide for the trade! lol), and he's never stopped thanking me for that.
Really, I've played almost every single guitar that has come to my local shop on the last years, and none of them felt, looked or sounded as good as any of the PRS (in the same price range, of course).
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There's a guy here who traded his Gibson LP Custom for a PRS Singlecut. He seemed pretty pleased with the change. Cant remember who though. Try the search button, he had a review on the differences between the two guitars.


Yup. He was pretty damn pleased with his new PRS.
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#16
Yeah man. Love my Singlecut. Not that I didnt love the Les Paul Custom, I just wish I could afford to own both.
The singlecut IS the $2K version and the Les Paul WAS an 87 Gibson, but I guess this would be relative to the SE and Epi comparison.
I do have a PRS Santana SE in green with SD Jazz -neck and Screamin Demon -bridge and love it (which prompted me to trade for the Singlecut).
If I havent played either - I might be biased towards the Gibson, though. Nothing like a well worn in Custom in tobacco burst.
#17
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Which you can then trade for a much newer PRS.
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#18
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Which you can then trade for a much newer PRS.

Very true. The Gibson did sound and play very good, though.
#19
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true, but compared to the LP it's not as bad IMO.
Actually Epiphone necks are pretty slim. You're think of the ye olde traditionale Gibson LP neck (aka the 50's neck) which is pretty thick. Epi guitars all have a pretty slim neck that's closer to the 60's profile, and only a touch thicker than the necks found on most Fenders and Kramers. Of course it's nothing like the ultra thin Ibanez necks, but they are not fat anyway.
#20
I've been trying a number of Gibson LPs & clones lately. I know I'm "supposed" to like them, but I haven't cultivated the taste for them. (I play a fat strat clone)

Since LPs sound kind of muddy to my ears, it could be a) my crappy technique; and/or b) maybe I should use a higher-gauge string to make up for the shorter scale length.

I do, however, really like the tone and feel of the PRS SEs ... they've got the rockin' growl, but without the muddiness I dislike in the LPs.