#1
Now, My buddy is looking at an LP studio. HOWEVER, I am convinced there are better LP styled guitars for far under the overpriced under-quality Gibson so he learns not to spend money on a name.

All that Comes to mind now to me are the ESP EC series guitars. Can any of you think of any LP copy guitars that compare with the Gibson Les Paul Studios (or surpass it) for under the cost of one?
#2
Gibson Les Paul Studios are amazing.. i have one.. have you tried them? they aren't under-quality at all... overpriced by a little bit, but the worn ones aren't too bad...
#4
Tokai LC or Tokai LS, I'd say. They're basicly copies of gibson guitars but the price is much more correct compared to the quality
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#5
Well, if it's overpriced, then the money you spend is not all going into quality, it's going into their pockets. Therefore, it is under-quality..
#7
i say Tokais and ESP LTD EC. Agiles have been receiving good reviews.
i also like the Ibanez ART series. The newer ART versions have active pickups,but i prefer the older ones with passives.
imo, the Epiphone Elitist Les Pauls are way better than Gibson Les Paul Studios.
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#8
Quote by Highwaytohell
Now, My buddy is looking at an LP studio. HOWEVER, I am convinced there are better LP styled guitars for far under the overpriced under-quality Gibson so he learns not to spend money on a name.

All that Comes to mind now to me are the ESP EC series guitars. Can any of you think of any LP copy guitars that compare with the Gibson Les Paul Studios (or surpass it) for under the cost of one?


I dunno about comparing with an LP Studio but the EC-400s with Duncans are very nice guitars. Maybe look at Tokai if you can get hold of them, I've heard good things.
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#10
Quote by Highwaytohell
Perhaps the Santana SE singlecuts.
I loved the tone I got with those things...


ya it's a really great guitar and you can use it in many genres.

I'd say go for it
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#11
Its just going to be hard to convince him

I'm trying to teach my bud early on not to fall for cliches based on guitar brands. If this is how he is with gibsons, can you imagine what it'll be like getting him off marshalls?!
#12
Reverend Guitars "Roundhouse" model looks awesome and lists for about 9 bills.

http://www.reverendguitars.com/reverend/guitars/set_neck_series/roundhouse_hb_fm.html

I also hear they do killer setups before shipping!
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#13
There is an Ibanez model called the ART300 that plays really well. The small music shop near me has one. It's got Ibanez Active pickups in it, and my guitar teacher even said that if he got it, he would play it next to his Gibson LP custom. It's only $400 too! Tell him to go try one! He will be pleasantly surprised. The cracked brown finish is stunning btw.
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#15
It's pretty hard to beat a used studio for tone in that price range, to be honest. I think the lesson here should be "play some, then decide what you want."
Ruling out a gibson just because of the name is just as silly as buying one solely based on the logo.
#17
^+10 I agree.

He could also try out the Epiphone Slash LP, if that fits his style of music.
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#19
most of the high-end Epiphone's are under a grand, if you wanna shy away from Epi and Gibson, a buddy of mine has the ESP EC-1000 STB, the flame top blue one, and its extremely nice, but its around a grand. They do have the other variations of the Ec for cheaper.

so under 1k, Epiphone, Agile, and ESP LTD.
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#20
Hagstrom Super Swede

Amazing Guitar

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#21
Quote by Punkismygod
Tokai LC or Tokai LS, I'd say. They're basicly copies of gibson guitars but the price is much more correct compared to the quality

where can you actually buy tokai in the USA? (ie what website?)
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#22
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#23
My Epi Custom Black Beauty keeps me VERY happy...


not too mention the tone is so warm, everytime i start to play some blues i get goosebumps =]]]

i think it has something to do with the 3 humbuckers on it ... hahaha
#24
and by the way i got mine for $370 with a lil 15 watt amp, 2 25ft. cables, an RP7 Valve multi effects pedal, and a hardshell case...


i dont know if ill ever find a deal like this again but lets just say i was ****in stoked!!!
#26
I was bent on buying an LP and had my heart set on a beautiful flametop for around $1600. I played it, it sounded great, it felt great. Done deal, right?

At a different guitar shop a day or so later, I played a Hagstrom Swede. Played better than the LP, sounded as good, too. Plugged it in to a crappy amp just to make sure it wasn't the Orange Rockverb that sounded so great.

Played the LP again and was disappointed... long story short, I bought a Hagstrom Swede. And then I bought a Super Swede. They are both excellent, and I have still have $700 in my pocket.

Someone mentioned the Reverend, and they are killer guitars. My cuz has the Volcano (flying V style) and the thing is beyond belief. And I don't even like V-style guitars. So I'd imagine that Reverend LP-=style would be just as good.
#27
Quote by Roc8995
Ruling out a gibson just because of the name is just as silly as buying one solely based on the logo.


agreed.


Quote by Highwaytohell
Perhaps the Santana SE singlecuts.
I loved the tone I got with those things...


an MIJ tokai, edwards, etc. would annihilate a prs se...


Quote by Iceman 420
EDWARDS, Tokai, Burny, Greco.


agreed.
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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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#29
Edwards, Greco, Orville and Tokai LP copies seem to be top notch. ESP EC series are also really amazing.
#32
Agile makes very nice LP copies.
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