#1
I want a new guitar and was thinking of buying a les paul(epiphone)
and I was wondering is the les paul easy to play fast on or is it more rytmic and stuff
#2
Les Pauls are known for their thick necks...if you're not used to that type of thing or have small hands it could be difficult. But if you've ever heard of a little guy named Buckethead, he's known for shredding on LPs.
a guy told me that the tremolo bar was called the "distortionator"
#3
zakk wylde anyone?
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#4
I can shred on SG which has a simmilar (and in some cases the same) neck shape, it's actually easier for me that way because i have big hands.
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#5
i can do it

unfortunately, for me it sounds like crap, i have a les paul special II
#6
60's necks shred like crazy. I've played on Limited Edition and 90's made classic reissues. . . My guitar is an ESP now though. . . and it has a thicker neck than the 60's fast neck. . . so yeah. For how I do with my ESP, it's not impossible regardless of thickness. Provided you don't have a tree in your hand.
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#7
I use an epiphone les paul standard and compared to guitars like jacksons with a slim neck profile it feels like wrestling with a baseball bat when I shred. Its worth it though as it is a very versitile guitar.
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#8
if you get one with a 60's neck, then yea you'll have no problems at all.

a 60's neck on a Les Paul feels sort of like a Schecters neck if you've played one.
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#9
For over 50 years now, Jazz players have been playing at ridiculous speeds on guitars with necks large and thick enough to lose your hands on.

If they can do it, anyone can.
#10
I'd be worried less about the neck (though you should definately hold one first) and more about the pickups as far as shredding, assuming that means using very high distortion.

(Most) Gibsons/Epiphones I've owned or played had pretty mellow stock pickups and those can sound a bit muddy/bassy if you're doing fast legato with saturated distortion and really get on your nerves.

Of course there are LPs with shreddy pickups and a tad thinner necks out there, but if you're buying it specifically for shred, there are a ton of other options set up out of the box for it.
#11
Why, neoclassical, if it is good enough for Cradle of Filth and Opeth, how could the stock pickups not be good enough?
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#12
Matter of opinion like anything else when it comes to sound and tone. I just find it difficult myself to shred as cleanly with them compared with the usual "metal" pickup choices.

I've seen guys shred on telecasters plugged into bass amps but it probably wouldn't work for must of us. So I'm sure for some people Epiphones, which are all around pretty nice instruments, can work for heavy shred, but if hes specifically looking for *typical* shred tone there may be 'better' options.
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#15
When it comes to shred tone Yngwie's tone sucks, but you don't see him slacking up.
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When it comes to shred tone Yngwie's tone sucks, but you don't see him slacking up.



Hey! Yngwie has a great tone when he plays slow
#17
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When it comes to shred tone Yngwie's tone sucks, but you don't see him slacking up.


I think he has the best tone when it comes to shredding.
#18
I like the Les Paul's neck as opposed to super thin necks. I can play smoother and faster on a thicker neck, as weird as it sounds..
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#19
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Les Pauls are known for their thick necks...if you're not used to that type of thing or have small hands it could be difficult. But if you've ever heard of a little guy named Buckethead, he's known for shredding on LPs.


He's not exactly little when he's towering over you at 6'8...
#20
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Les Pauls are known for their thick necks...if you're not used to that type of thing or have small hands it could be difficult. But if you've ever heard of a little guy named Buckethead, he's known for shredding on LPs.


LPs are supposed to have thick necks?
Then my Strat probably is a tree trunk...
#21
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LPs are supposed to have thick necks?
Then my Strat probably is a tree trunk...


Yes to most people who arent used to them they do. I picked up a gibson and it felt like holding a tree trunk to me. Course im used to wizard necks so thats probably it. I did find one strat neck that I kinda liked on an old Heavy Metal Strat that one of the teachers at the shop had.
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#23
SG is better made for shredding than a Les Paul, being lighter. If you can get even an Epi with a 60's neck it will be best. Still not ideal for all the tricks but not bad by a long way.
#24
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SG is better made for shredding than a Les Paul, being lighter. If you can get even an Epi with a 60's neck it will be best. Still not ideal for all the tricks but not bad by a long way.


SGs are ****ing heavy.
Their neck is a weighted brick, LPs are much lighter, more comfy.
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SGs are ****ing heavy.
Their neck is a weighted brick, LPs are much lighter, more comfy.


That really surprises me!
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My SGs head dives and it is definatly more unbalanced/heavier than an LP
#27
Here's an idea! Go to a music shop and play one... ! Hell, maybe you can even form your own opinions and preferences!
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