Bob Marley Commemorative Les Paul Special review by Epiphone

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.2 (50 votes)
Epiphone: Bob Marley Commemorative Les Paul Special
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Sound — 10
This guitar suits pretty much any style there is. I play lots of stuff, from heavy metal (Metallica and Iron Maiden) to punk (Old Blink 182 albums) to classic rock (Led Zeppelin and Motley Crue), and this baby does just fine with the '57s in the neck and bridge. I use it with a Washburn BD12 amp and a Zoom 606 multi-effects pedal. I used to have a Washburn WG228 with the same effects and amp, but that was nothing compared to this baby. It's not noisy at all! The only noise that can come is fret buzz, but I fixed that by raising the action (strings). It's got a really, really good acoustic sound when you put the neck pickup on with clean. There are many sounds it makes, such as great acoustic and distortion in the neck, sorta Tom Morello's Audioslave tone in the middle and punky stuff in the bridge. I don't really hate anything on this guitar at all. Except the bridge sound could be a little thicker.

Overall Impression — 10
Overall, this guitar is great. I love this thing. I've been playing for about one and a half years and I have this, a Washburn BD12 amp and a Zoom 606 effects pedal. I used to have a Washburn WG228 Chicago series guitar too. If someone stole this, I would chase after his little ass, hang him up on a tree with his wedgie and take my guitar back and run away.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
At the factory, the action was lower on the high strings and higher on the low strings, which made my middle strings buzz a lot. All I needed to do was raise it to make it even and now there's no more buzz. The pickups were adjusted fine except for the bridge pickup which was higher on one side. Nothing a screwdriver can't handle though. Apart from that this guitar was awesome and there was no flaw at all.

Features — 10
The Bob Marley Commemorative Les Paul Special from Epiphone tries to capture the essence of the pioneer reggae artist and his music. The new limited edition guitar features an image of Marley's face on the body of the guitar, plus fingerboard inlays in the colors of the Jamaican flag and "One Love" on the headstock. It is built on the same solidbody design as Marley's personal Gibson Les Paul Special. Features of the new model include a solid mahogany body with Worn Brown finish, a pair of '57 Classic Alnico-V pickups, one-piece mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, Grover tuners and chrome-plated hardware. It comes with a "Hemp" gigbag and Certificate of Authenticity.

22 comments sorted by best / new / date

    CoDee
    insomniac28 wrote: you can play punk on any guitar you guys. it doesn't matter whose face is on it. anyway, this guitar is cool, any body know how much it costs?
    About $500, USD.
    whencowsfart101
    rastaman_Marley wrote: Marleys guitar had P-90s too
    Good point. Epiphone really dropped the ball on this one.
    pist off
    for all you "its not what he would have wanted" fools, who are you to even suggest what bob marley would have wanted, were any of you his right hand man? did any of you even meet him? i wouldn't have thought so, the guitar is a tribute to bob marley.
    jpgr1987
    Tried it in Guitar Guitar once, it's terrible. The neck felt like a tree trunk, I only liked for the tri-coloured 'One Love' inlay in the headstock.
    richard_edwards
    $500???? 250???? and its not even a half decent guitar. it looks cheap. make a better one, epiphone! gibson have done it. the same with dime. those cheap 'tribute' guitars are tripe. only the high-end ones are good. im a dime fanatic but i wouldnt waste my money on the 200 quid (around 400 bucks maybe?) tribute guitars. get it right, guitar manufacturers (sp?).
    insomniac28
    you can play punk on any guitar you guys. it doesn't matter whose face is on it. anyway, this guitar is cool, any body know how much it costs?
    High_o
    yeh wrong guitar, he'd look so odd playing hair metal on this
    iamtheguitarpro
    Constantine wrote: It's really sad how Bob's Legacy is being sold off in Material possessions... Bob wouldn't have wanted it this way... Babylon surely is a strange place where someones face is plastered on a guitar, and it's called "Commemorative".
    wtf? babylon? hippie. but yeah this was the wrong guitar for this guy...
    guitarkid2113
    and Jamezter, why would you buy this guitar if you like play pop punk, hair metal, and classic rock? I'd buy it for reggae and ska...
    Constantine
    It's really sad how Bob's Legacy is being sold off in Material possessions... Bob wouldn't have wanted it this way... Babylon surely is a strange place where someones face is plastered on a guitar, and it's called "Commemorative".