Poll: So, Which Guitar Should I Buy?
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View poll results: So, Which Guitar Should I Buy?
The Epiphone 1958 Explorer
9 29%
The Epiphone Les Paul Custom
12 39%
The Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus Top
10 32%
Voters: 31.
#1
Ok, I am trying to decide whether I should buy an Epiphone 1958 Explorer, an Epiphone Les Paul Custom or an Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus Top. I play pretty much all types of music, the main being Classic Rock, Alternative, Punk, and Metal. Such as: Guns N Roses, Foo Fighters, Weezer, Rage Against The Machine, Metallica, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. I am not asking for advice on what to upgrade first, as I am already buying a new amp, and I AM NOT buying a Gibson. I don't care how much "better quality" they are or how "I could just save X amount of dollars and buy a Gibson." I am asking your opinion between these three guitars, and nothing more. Oh, and as for colors (if that matters to you) The Explorer in Ebony, The Custom in Ebony and the Plus Top in Translucent Blue.

Thanks ahead of time for you're opinion. Unless you tell me to buy a Gibson. In that case, go rot in a coffin, because I personally think the only diff between Gibson and Epiphone is: The Name stamped on the headstock, and Gibson is made in America.

EDIT:

I should add that I am upgrading from a Squire Affinity Strat that I have had for eight years. Yeah, Since I was 7 Years old.

The Amp is a Marshall MG50DFX Combo Amp, and here are some links.

Amp
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Marshall-MG50DFX-Combo-Amp-101737815-i1145939.gc

Explorer
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone-1958-Explorer-Electric-Guitar-101464113-i1150040.gc

Custom
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone-Les-Paul-Custom-Electric-Guitar-100176337-i1149998.gc

Plus Top
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone-Les-Paul-Standard-Plus-Top-Electric-Guitar-101392165-i1149996.gc

Let Me Repeat One more Time: I AM NOT ASKING WHAT I SHOULD UPGRADE FIRST, I AM ASKING WHICH GUITAR I SHOULD BUY.
Last edited by Blktiger0 at Jul 1, 2008,
#3
In my experience, Standard Plus Top >>> Custom. Just out of curiosity, what's your new amp going to be?

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#4
I don't have experience with the explorer, but from what I know, the Custom would be your best bet. I have it in ebony and it's awesome. It plays great for any music.
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#5
Gibsons are pretty overpriced. If you have three grand lying around, sure go ahead. But most people don't.
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#10
Quote by Blktiger0
OK, as it CLEARLY states in the post, I AM NOT ASKING IF I SHOULD BUY A NEW AMP FIRST, I AM ASKING WHICH GUITAR I SHOULD BUY!!!


It's UG, what else do you expect?
#11
Get a different amp, and whichever guitar you like the looks of the most. They're basically the same construction - all-mahogany, set-neck, dual humbuckers, Tune-O-Matic bridge ...

They'll vary most from guitar to guitar of the same model, so try whichever one you decide on before you buy it, as not all guitars of the same model are exactly identical.
#12
if you wont take suggestions to an agile
then id say the explorer
les pauls kill my shoulders while playing sets

i hope your using the mg as a practice amp
#14
The explorer looks the best but wont cover all the genres you plan on playing, Epiphone les pauls are very good copies, i've never tried the standard, but a custom would be great for you
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#15
As much as I love explorers, I'd try to stay away from Epiphone ones. It's probably personal preference but I think they feel terrible.

I say go with the custom.