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#1
I've been playing bass and acoustic guitar for a while and now I'm looking to purchase an electric guitar. I'm definately interested in a Les Paul sound. I'm a little tight on money so I can't really afford a real Gibson. What guitar would you recommend for an $800 price range?
#3
i have an epiphone les paul standard and iv played a gibson les paul, there isnt too much diffrence in sound i dont think. sum ppl may disagree though.
a lot might hav to do with the amp u use
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Esp Ltd Ec400?
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#5
Epiphone Custom or Elitist.
Maybe an LTD EC4/500 (the ones with SDs, not EMGs)
Even an Epiphone Standard.
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#7
Epiphone definately, considering its made by gibson...
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#8
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Gibson (used)? If you want to look used i'm sure you can find something.
http://cgi.ebay.com/1995-Gibson-Les-Paul-Guitar-EXCELLENT-Hard-Case-Lp_W0QQitemZ190231058494QQihZ009QQcategoryZ38086QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
There's one for 850 if you can afford it.


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#9
not sure how close it is to a real gibson...but vintage v100s have amazing tone for their price range, but you might be able to get something better if you have that kind of money...i'd look into playing one at a local music place for sure though ;]
#10
epiphone les paul


EDIT: actually, use Les Paul Standard. or if thats too gard to get for 800, used new Gibson Les Paul Studio.
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#11
i have an ic400 with emgs, and ive played side by side with an epi les paul through the same amp at a store with the same settings and everything. everyone agreed the iceman sounded better and it was alot cheaper
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Gotta love the mold all over the carpet. That is so ****ing disgusting...


That wasn't the point. But nice catch, I wasn't even looking at the carpet.
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i have an ic400 with emgs, and ive played side by side with an epi les paul through the same amp at a store with the same settings and everything. everyone agreed the iceman sounded better and it was alot cheaper

But does an IC400 with EMGs sound more like a Gibson LP than an Epi LP does?
I doubt it.

As for the Gibson Studios, avoid them if you can. They are really hit or miss. Mostly miss.

A used Gibson Standard is by far the best option for getting an actual Gibson.
An Epi Elitist is a better choice than a Gib Studio.
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#17
Quote by apak
epiphone les paul


EDIT: actually, use Les Paul Standard. or if thats too gard to get for 800, used new Gibson Les Paul Studio.



ahh that's true as well, the studios run cheap.
#18
Quote by Flamingrhythm
ahh that's true as well, the studios run cheap.


Eh, I don't really like the Studios. Not sure why.

I'd go with a really nice Epiphone or something similar.
#19
Anything of the basic Les Paul design of decent quality, with passive humbuckers is going to get you 'that' sound, really. There's so many Les Paul copies and derivatives to chose from, I wouldn't even know where to start pointing you. I'm not American, but as far as I know, $800 amounts to just over £400. £400 gets you a perfectly good Les Paul knock-off if you shop wisely, where I come from. I dare say that the same guitar is cheaper for you than for me, due to the unbelievable amount of duty we have to pay on everything. Look into getting a higher-end Epiphone of course (the most obvious route), look into PRS single cut range, Ibanez' Artcore range has some LP-ish guitars, the Yamaha AES, while disgusting to look at (in my opinion), is a blinding guitar for the price. The higher end Yamahas are probably as good as my Gibson.
#20
Michael Kelly Patriots are a much better choice than your average Epiphone.
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#21
MIJ copies?
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#23
Get an Epiphone Les Paul
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#24
I have an epiphone les paul custom and the quality of the pickups is pretty poor
I would either go with the epiphone elitist series or even better, a PRS Singlecut SE or tremonti SE.
the build quality and sound quality of PRS is much higher than epiphone, even on the SE series, the quality is outstanding.
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Esp Ltd Ec400?


doesn't sound like a les paul.
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Gotta love the mold all over the carpet. That is so ****ing disgusting...



That's not mold, it where the fabric of the carpet has been rubbed against itself

And to contribute, I concur on a used LP if that's what you really want, I'm not a huge Epiphone fan myself.
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#29
Any good Les Paul copy with mahogany body and neck will sound like a Gibson, with a pickup swap of course...
When you buy Gibson you buy the feeling and build quality.

I would recommend the following branches that make LP copies: Edwards (Japanese ESP), Agile, Hagstrom, Vintage, Epiphone (not below the Custom series...)...
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#30
ibanez lawsuit les paul
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#31
Quote by hminh87
When you buy Gibson you buy the feeling and build quality.


That's bollocks. I bought a Limited Edition Gibson Les Paul which cost nearly £2,000 (so around $4,000 if you're American). The frets were dressed really poorly, and I had to get a luthier to install a new nut, as Gibson had cut the one on it so badly. I had to spend an extra £200 to get a professional luthier to make it right. I'd never buy another Gibson.
#32
OMG that ebay gibson is sooooooo loverly it is teh sex, im gonna have to consider buying that. What a guitar and in good condition aswell
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#33
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That's bollocks. I bought a Limited Edition Gibson Les Paul which cost nearly £2,000 (so around $4,000 if you're American). The frets were dressed really poorly, and I had to get a luthier to install a new nut, as Gibson had cut the one on it so badly. I had to spend an extra £200 to get a professional luthier to make it right. I'd never buy another Gibson.


at the risk of sounding churlish (i'm not trying to be), why'd you buy the first one? or did those problems only surface later after purchase?

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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#34
Surfaced later. Also, it was Limited Edition, and very much more expensive than the normal Standards, and even some Customs. I didn't foresee there being any quality issues. I did buy it from a shop (not the internet), and played it for a bit. But I was so blindly in love with it. The shop was really crowded and loud, and I couldn't really hear myself that well, so I didn't play it for long. You should actually be able to buy a Gibson in confidence for the prices they cost, though. Especially my one! Not even my cheap Epiphone had those problems!
#35
save up a little more and get an Epi Elitist

thing fits in between the Gibson LP Standard and the Gibson LP Supreme

#36
One person on here has said it so far. Agile makes quality copies of les pauls and they sound great even with the pickups that come in them. Under your budget too.
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Quote by Martin Scott
Surfaced later. Also, it was Limited Edition, and very much more expensive than the normal Standards, and even some Customs. I didn't foresee there being any quality issues. I did buy it from a shop (not the internet), and played it for a bit. But I was so blindly in love with it. The shop was really crowded and loud, and I couldn't really hear myself that well, so I didn't play it for long. You should actually be able to buy a Gibson in confidence for the prices they cost, though. Especially my one! Not even my cheap Epiphone had those problems!


no worries, sorry to doubt you. I agree, at the prices Gibson go for in the UK, they should be perfect.


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Edwards do great copys, Roughly £400-500.


probably more like £500-£650 now since the pound has been doing badly recently...
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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Presumably because the CCF (Combined Corksniffing Forces) of MLP and Gibson forums would rise up against them, plunging the land into war.

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#39
Like most people before me have said, get an Epiphone Elitist.

Or if you want to save even MORE money, an Epiphone Prophecy.
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