#1
Hello

I am buying my man a guitar. I am leaning towards the Epiphone Les Paul Custom Midnight edition. I think he'll like it. Is this a versatile guitar? It would be his main and only electric for playing in a band with, so I imagine it would need to be able to do rock, heavy rock, some kind of blues and also melodic, clean tunes.

Can you guys please help out a novice and give me some pointers? Is this the right guitar?? Woudl you guys like it as a present?

Thanks,
L.
#4
It'd be great for that, but I don't know so much about the clean tones because it has EMG pickups (found this after a google search of the midnight les paul). Many people who play the same sort of music swap the pickups from their Epi Les Paul for EMG's anyway. But what amp is he using?
#5
The LP is one of the most versatile guitars on the market. Just look at all who play it, from Les to Jimmy Page to just about everybody else.

Generally Epiphone quality is very good. If my 2001 Epiphone Casino and 1970 Gibson ES-330 (essentially the same guitar) are good examples, I'd say the Epiphone is 90% the guitar the Gibson is.

You may eventually end up upgrading the pickups, but it will still cost much less than the Gibson (of course, it won't say Gibson on the headstock -- if that matters to you).

There is an Epiphone Electric Guitar Forum here: (Click Me) and the folks there are very friendly and helpful. I don't own the LP so they might be able to give you better information.

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#6
Wow thank you for all your help. I think I might get it, and the guys in the shop said that if he doesn't like it, he can swap it. Cos I got a bit worried when I read it was the best guitar for metal (eeek). I wouldn't say he is a metal head. And he does more lead than rhythym.

We have crap amps at the moment, that is my next adventure.....to find a decent amp that is compatible with the Epiphone LP. Any suggestions?

Thanks so much for all the quick responses. I should have visited here earlier!
#9
well I would him the normal custom without the emgs for classic kind of rock and nice clean sounds passive humbuckers are better. EMGs are more of a Metal thing.

how much do you want to spend for the amp?
#10
Oh ok, cool I didn't know that EMGs were a metal thing. Eeek! Thank you thank you thank you.

For the amp, I am probably only wanting to spend maybe $400-500 Australian dollars?

Do you think I should have gotten him the Epiphone dot? Or an LP still?
#11
Wow, nice gift. Will you be my gf

Seriously though, an Epiphone LP standard would be the best suited. None of that "midnight", "limited edition", "voodoo", "dot", "dogfood", "lobster", or any dumb nickname epiphone makes for there extended LP series guitars.
#12
Quote by Ligeress
Oh ok, cool I didn't know that EMGs were a metal thing. Eeek! Thank you thank you thank you.

For the amp, I am probably only wanting to spend maybe $400-500 Australian dollars?

Do you think I should have gotten him the Epiphone dot? Or an LP still?


I think the LP will be more suited for him. Dots are hollow-body so they'd seem more suited for blues or jazz. LP is probably more versatile.
#13
So maybe the LP standard plus?

Hehe, yeah I think it is a cool present, but it is also for a heaps cool guy! Hey beebaboo, do you think the midnight is mostly for metal players?
#14
midnight is def mostly for metal .. get him a les paul custom .. the regular one .. he will be one happy man ..
take it easy man .. its just a thread
#15
Is the regular LP custom the one with black and gold? I just wasn't sure about the gold bits. Do guys like gold on their guitars?
#16
Quote by Ligeress
So maybe the LP standard plus?

Hehe, yeah I think it is a cool present, but it is also for a heaps cool guy! Hey beebaboo, do you think the midnight is mostly for metal players?


get this one

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Les-Paul-Custom-Electric-Guitar?sku=518350

or this one

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Limited-Edition-Les-Paul-Custom?sku=519391
take it easy man .. its just a thread
#17
Yes, very much so. EMGs are almost exclusively for metal, and the midnight has the highest output model: the 81 (translation: They would be extreme overkill for hard rock and an absolute waste for blues and jazz). A standard would be the best bet, but if your boyfriend plays lead, he might want a guitar with better upper fret access, like a Fender HSS strat (unless he likes the les pauls exclusively).
#19
Quote by Ligeress
Oh wow I love the LP custom in Arctic White, it is so beautiful!
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/...itar?sku=518350

Maybe I should get this one?? He used to have a white Epiphone.

I really appreciate everyone's help


leave that as your answer .. it really is beautiful
and seeing that he use 2 have a white epi .. than u know he likes white already =)
take it easy man .. its just a thread
#20
Thanks Timmyinpajamas. I think I will get the Alpine White LP custom. I love it.

I need to make a decision before I change my mind again

Thank you thank you thank you everyone.
#21
Quote by Ligeress
Thanks Timmyinpajamas. I think I will get the Alpine White LP custom. I love it.

I need to make a decision before I change my mind again

Thank you thank you thank you everyone.


lol good .. now get outta here .. or stay and marry me .. lol just messin .. good luck
take it easy man .. its just a thread
#23
hahah sure lol

it is one awesome guitar I have it as well and it plays awesome!!!! also works perfectly in my function as lead guitarist.

About the amp you could get a peavey or a Fender jsut make sure it is a tube it sounds wayyyyyy better especially when he will be in a band and playing live!!!
#24
OK, a tube. That means nothing to me right now, but when I buy an amp, I'll make sure it is a tube. Or has a tube. or looks like a tube? He'll know what to get!
#25
hahahaha sorry should have been more specific.
there are two major kinds of amps solid state and tube or like they say in the UK valve.

and if you really want to know the exact difference you can look it up in this forum there are a lot of threads about it. But there is jsut one big thing to know when you play a tube amp you can actually hear your gear through a solid state most pickups and guitars just sound pretty much the same. Or at least not so good as through a tube amplifier.